Cambodia's disaster control agency, UN's World Food Programme sign 5-year partnership deal

Source: Xinhua| 2019-11-20 19:22:34|Editor: xuxin
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PHNOM PENH, Nov. 20 (Xinhua) -- Cambodia's National Committee for Disaster Management (NCDM) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) signed on Wednesday a five-year partnership agreement for joint activities on crisis management and disaster risk reduction in the country.

The deal was inked here between NCDM's first vice president Kun Kim and WFP country director for Cambodia Francesca Erdelmann.

Kim said NCDM will take all necessary actions to effectively embed the activities covered under this agreement within the implementation of the National Action Plan for Disaster Risk Reduction 2019-2023.

"The NCDM, in support of WFP, will provide technical assistance to strengthen national systems for better disaster management, focusing on risk informed mitigation, preparedness, response, and coordination," he said.

Erdelmann said WFP and NCDM have worked very closely together since 2004, building on and complementing each other's strengths and capabilities to provide life-saving support to the people of Cambodia when they were affected by natural disasters.

"The agreement outlines concrete activities we will undertake over the coming months," she said. "These include the establishment of safe evacuation centers, the upgrading of the Platforms for Real-time Information Management Systems, and the strengthening of commune level preparedness and response capacities."

"We will work together to mobilize the technical and financial resources that are required to expand our portfolio of joint activities beyond those captured in the agreement at this time," she added.