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 Certificate distribution ceremony to 257 municipalities and unions that have joined the "World Disaster Reduction" campaign

As an acknowledgment of the efforts and commitment of the 257 Lebanese municipalities and unions that have joined the World Disaster Reduction Campaign, a certificate distribution ceremony was held in the presence of the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, Ms Margareta Wahlström.
The ceremony was also attended by Mr. Khalil Hajal, the Director General for municipalities, representing H.E. Minister of Interior and Municipalities Mr. Marwan Charbel, Mr. Luca Renda, UNDP Country Director, representing UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Mr. Robert Watkins, Ms. Heba Hage Felder, Head of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation Office, and mayors and municipalities’ representatives.
Mr. Khalil Hajal opened the floor by thanking all parties for their hard work and commitment during the workshop. He added: “the municipalities are the decentralized units that play a very responsible and effective role in the Disaster Risk Reduction”.
“We strongly encourage the adoption of the law to establish a DRM national authority and thank the prime minister office and the special parliamentary committee for making this a priority issue” stated Ms. Heba Hage Felder.
In a brief note, Mr. Luca Renda said that the joining of the 257 municipalities “shows a great commitment of Lebanon considering that around the world the total number of municipalities which have signed up is 1,100”.
Closing the ceremony, Ms. Margareta Wahlstrom expressed her gratification to the level of commitment to build resilience at all levels in Lebanon. She added: “still much needs to be done in terms of allocating dedicated resources and capacities for disaster risk reduction in local government budgets. Yet with the focused vision and steps undertaken so far, the path to local resilience in Lebanon is being paved and crafted by all of you”.
After that, the municipalities that joined the World Disaster Campaign “My City is Getting Ready” received awarding certificates for their participation.
Last Update Date:Date de mise à jour:آخر تحديث في تاريخ:2/23/2015 4:53 PM
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