APDIM is a regional institution of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).
Elected members of the Governing Council of APDIM for the period 2016-2019, including Bangladesh, Cambodia, Macao, China, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Turkey, along with the host country Iran, are attending the event.
During this event Chairman, NDMA lead Pakistans delegation to attend the third session of the Governing Council of APDIM and the High Level Expert Consultation on Disaster Information Management in Tehran, the Islamic Republic of Iran from 18-19 Dec 2018.
It is important to mention that APDIM is established as a regional institution of the Commission with the following agenda; Firstly, it will serve as a knowledge and information repository for all disaster-related data in the region.
Further, Pakistan beside Iran was recommended for APDIMs capacity development programme on Sendai Framework Monitoring as the initial pilot countries, in partnership with UNISDR and in coordination with UNCTs.
According to a press release issued by the United Nations Information Center (UNIC) in Tehran, top-ranking officials from Iran, the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (ESCAP), the state members of APDIM Governing Council and a number of delegates from Asian and Pacific countries will attend the opening ceremony.
In accordance with the ESCAP resolution 71/11 adopted in 2015, APDIM is established in Iran with the aim of reducing the risk and the negative impact of disasters in Asia and the Pacific by enhancing capacities of the regional countries and organizations in disaster information management.
With Iran's cooperation and contribution, the process for the establishment of APDIM was finalized in 2018 and the center is ready to provide services to the regional countries.
Secondly, APDIM will lead on capacity development by developing knowledge management tools and facilities such as e-learning platforms for disaster risk resilience with specific training modules.
Thirdly, APDIM will deliver information services on cross-border disasters to the countries and organizations of the region.
The importance of presenting initiatives by the United Nations; namely, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) to realize developmental goals as well as launching Asian and Pacific Centre for the Development of Disaster Information Management (APDIM) in Tehran were among other issues reviewed in the meeting.