Referring to recent cyclones, Mahmood said: “Bangladesh has advanced remarkably in building awareness of disasters in a bid to minimise deaths and damage to property.”
The minister made the remark at the closing ceremony of the two-day Partnership Meeting 2017, organised by the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS).
The closing ceremony was held at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel on Monday evening, as the meeting ended with high hopes for future initiatives.
Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali was present as chief guest at the closing ceremony, while BDRCS Chairman Hafiz Ahmed Majumdar chaired the occasion.
Mahmood Ali applauded BDRCS' role in reducing the suffering of the country's distressed and vulnerable population, as they conducted a number of different programmes and projects to increase awareness of and resilience against disasters.
The minister also appreciated the Partnership Meeting initiative, which included representatives from Red Cross-Red Crescent Movement partners, as well as national and international organisations, financial institutions, and commercial and business enterprises based in Dhaka.
Mahmood Ali also thanked the BDRCS for its humanitarian support to the Rohingya refugees who fled persecution of the Myanmar Army in the Rakhine state.
The Parnership Meeting 2017 saw the adoption of Strategic Plans for 2017-2020, aimed particularly at mitigating the suffering of vulnerable communities most affected by natural and man-made disasters as well as other adverse situations within and outside the country.
Participants at the two-day Partnership Meeting 2017 included representatives from ICRC, IFRC, the 17 Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies of America, Britain, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Bahrain, Sweden, Myanmar, South Korea, Turkey, Iran and Italy, and representatives from different ministries of Bangladesh government, banks and corporate organisations, the UN and NGOs.