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Int’l collaboration stressed for reducing disaster risk along B&R

2019-05-22 13:07:43 xinhua

Efforts are being called for strengthening science and technology innovation and cooperation among ries along the B&R to reduce disaster risk and build a safe, green and resilient B&R.

BEIJING, May 11 (Xinhua) -- Efforts are being called for strengthening science and technology innovation and cooperation among countries along the Belt and Road (B&R) to reduce disaster risk and build a safe, green and resilient B&R.

The call came from the International Conference on Silk-road Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Development, which opened in Beijing Saturday and was attended by more than 780 experts and scholars from over 40 countries and regions.

The conference aims to build a new platform for international coordination in disaster reduction, and provide scientific and technological support for the joint construction of B&R and the common prosperity of all countries.

Delivering a speech at the conference, Bai Chunli, president of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said the Silk Road area was affected by various disasters. The economic loss related to disasters in this area was twice of that of the world average. Mortality in this area is also high.

"In this regard, we are committed to reducing disaster risks and making efforts for sustainable development," said Bai, who is also the president of Alliance of International Science Organizations.

In a video speech, Mami Mizutori, the special representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction and head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, told the conference that the Belt and Road Initiative was one of the most important large-scale infrastructure development projects being carried out in the world.

The sheer scale and reach of the initiative means that it will impact billions of people and will reshape the physical world where they live. Any country or region investing in large-scale infrastructure development has a duty to not harm the environment within which the development takes place and at the same time to people who inhabit it, Mizutori said.

"It is encouraging that the government of China is taking proactive measures to ensure that the development of the Belt and Road Initiative is risk-informed and sustainable."

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