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DDM, UNOPS ink deal to enhance disaster preparedness in Bangladesh

  • Aimed at bolstering collaboration on disaster risk reduction
  • To equip Bangladesh with necessary tools to anticipate
Update : 24 Apr 2024, 07:38 PM

The Department of Disaster Management (DDM) under the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief, and the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) have formalized a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at bolstering collaboration on disaster risk reduction (DRR) initiatives in Bangladesh.

The MoU signing ceremony, presided over by Md Mijanur Rahman, director-general of DDM, and Sudhir Muralidharan, country manager of UNOPS Bangladesh, solidifies a shared commitment to achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and fostering a resilient and empowered Bangladesh.

Rahman emphasized the critical nature of the partnership, particularly against the backdrop of Bangladesh’s vulnerability to frequent cyclones and flooding.

He highlighted the collaboration’s potential to enhance institutional capacity, implement innovative solutions, and facilitate knowledge sharing, ultimately fortifying Bangladesh’s resilience against disasters and safeguarding vulnerable communities.

Muralidharan expressed optimism about the partnership’s potential to strengthen disaster preparedness and resilience in Bangladesh.

He underscored the urgent need for enhanced disaster risk reduction measures in the face of climate-induced disasters, emphasizing UNOPS’ expertise in infrastructure, procurement, and project management as valuable assets in achieving this goal.

Areas of cooperation

Establishing a framework of cooperation and collaboration between UNOPS and DDM in various areas of common interest.

Developing and implementing plans aligned with government DRR policies and priorities, enhancing institutional capacity for disaster preparedness, coordinating efforts for pre and post-disaster situations, crafting guidelines in line with international standards, exploring innovative DRR solutions, and fostering knowledge sharing to implement best practices.

This strategic partnership, guided by the core principles of the Sendai Framework, prioritizes localized, inclusive, and whole-of-society approaches to reduce disaster risks, minimize losses, and safeguard human well-being.

By leveraging DDM’s mandate and UNOPS’ technical strengths, the collaboration aims to equip Bangladesh with the necessary tools to anticipate, respond to, and recover effectively from cyclones, floods, and other climate-induced hazards, aligning with the global 2030 agenda for sustainable development.

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