In line with its efforts to institutionalize Disaster Risk Management in Lebanon, the Disaster Management Unit drafted general guidelines for the establishment of a Disaster Management Commission, which will act as the decision making authority in the area of Disaster Risk Reduction in Lebanon. A proposal of law, which adopted these guidelines, was submitted to the parliament by MP Qabbani and is currently being studied by a special parliamentary commission.
In this context, the Chair of the Parliamentarian Committee on Public Works, Transportation, Water and Energy Committee called for a discussion session on disaster risk reduction to enrich deliberations on the draft law. The meeting, held on June 5 2012, was organized with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Lebanon and facilitated by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).
The meeting objectives were to foster a common understanding among parliamentarians about DRR concepts and raise their awareness about the importance of strengthening the institutional framework and coordination mechanisms for DRR. The meeting was attended by a number of heads of parliamentarian committees and deputies, as well as the Director General of the Civil Defence, and members of the National Task Force working on the National Response Plan.
In her presentation to the parliamentarians, the Regional Programme Officer at UNISDR Regional Office for West Asia and North Africa, Ms Luna Abu-Swaireh, stressed that a DRR institution’s work should focus not only on response but also on preparedness, prevention, mitigation, and recovery. Furthermore, Mr Luca Renda, the UNDP Country Director, acknowledged that there is a high level of awareness of DRM among all stakeholders, stressing the importance of risk reduction and prevention as a means to ensure sustainable development.
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