Following the ratification of the Intergovernmental Charter of ADPC by the Royal Government of Cambodia, H.E. Dr. Nhim Vanda, Senior Minister, National Committee for Disaster Management, handed over the document to ADPC during a ceremony held on 21 December at ADPC’s headquarters in Bangkok.
Prof. Dr. Krasae Chanawongse, Charmian of the ADPC Board, received the document from H.E. Nhim Vanda. Mr. Chainarong Vasanasomsithi, Deputy Director General of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation of Thailand, Dr. Valerie Bemo from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and representatives of the Thai Red Cross were also present during the hand-over ceremony.
Eight of the nine founding members - Bangladesh, China, India, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Cambodia - have already ratified ADPC’s Charter. ADPC will earn the status of an Inter-Governmental Organization following the ratification of the Charter by the Royal Thai Government.
Thanking H.E. Dr. Nhim Vanda and the Cambodian delegation, Prof. Dr. Krasae said that it will now make way for ADPC’s transformation into an inter-governmental organization, both in terms of the organization’s governance as well as its activities.
Referring to H.E. Mr. Nhim Vanda as an ADPC alumnus, Prof. Dr. Krasae said he is highly indebted to his gesture and kindness for personally bringing the Royal Kram of Approval of the Ratified Charter of ADPC.“I would like also to thank the Cambodian Prime Minister, His Excellency Mr. Hun Sen for his leadership and guidance in making ADPC proud by signing the Charter,” he said.
He also thanked ADPC Foundation members, particularly Dr. Bhichit Rattakul, Dr. Jingjai Hanchanlash, current Executive Director, Mr. Hans Guttman, Deputy Executive Director Mr. Aslam Perwaiz as well as the staff for their efforts in promoting ADPC as an Inter-Governmental Organization.
In his opening remarks, H.E. Nhim Vanda said that NCDM will always stand by ADPC and he hopes ADPC will do the same to contribute to the safety of people around the world.
“ADPC was once considered a local organization, and now it will soon transform into an IGO. While there are nine founding member states, ADPC’s influence spreads across the world beyond Asia and the Pacific because of its world-wide network of experts,” he said.
He emphasized that DRM is not the task of an individual or single organizations. “Therefore, we need cooperation and coordination. Human resources and capacity building should be a top priority.
A Memorandum of Intent (MOI) between the Royal government of Cambodia and ADPC was also signed to strengthen future collaborations on preparedness for response.
“Both natural and human disasters, along with climate change, have become the most common form of disasters. The signing of MOI will benefit all countries around the world, not just Cambodia. The world is waiting for us to help take action in facing these hazards,” H.E. Nhim Vanda concluded.