Policy Guidelines on Vulnerable Groups in Disasters launched

Islamabad: National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Gender and Child Cell has developed “Policy Guidelines on Vulnerable Groups in Disasters” to address the needs and concerns of gender, children, older persons and persons with disability in disasters.

These National Policy Guidelines were launched to assist humanitarian partners to incorporate them in their plans and programme implementation, in an event held Monday.

These guidelines have been developed through extensive consultations with the Regional/Provincial and District Disaster Management Authorities, line departments and civil society organizations.

The consultations were geared towards formulation of inclusive policy guidelines by obtaining provincial perspectives and creating ownership of the provinces/regions and other stakeholders.

In his opening remarks Chairman NDMA, Major General Saeed Aleem thanked the participants and lauded GCC for successful completion of the guidelines & termed it as an important step in developing a more focused mechanism to prioritize, integrate, and address the needs and concerns of vulnerable groups.

He mentioned that NDM Act 2010 and National Disaster Risk Management Framework of Pakistan, 2007 desires to integrate the needs of vulnerable groups in planning and implementation; at all level.

He emphasized to address needs of vulnerable people during all phases of emergency situations and hoped that document will be a helpful resource for all those working in the disaster management system – planners and managers as well as ground level response and relief staff.

Presenting “National Policy Guidelines on Vulnerable Groups in Disasters” Dr. Farhat elaborated on the issues being faced by vulnerable people and measures required to address them.

Appreciating the efforts of NDMA in developing these policy guidelines, Head of Aid- CIDA, Mr. David Fournier and Mr. Dan Rohrmann representative, UNICEF congratulated NDMA for timely formulation of the guidelines.

Giving details on National GCC Framework Ms Farida Rehmat NDMA explained that the framework provides strategic direction for all the GCCs in the next 2-3 years to address the issues of vulnerable groups at policy and implementation level. She also elaborated on the activities that the GCC NDMA has been involved during 2013-14.

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