Forum and Workshop on the Youth’s Role in Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction

Brunei Darussalam is not exempted from facing various natural disasters that are due to the current climate and uncertain weather, and this is a challenge for the country. Hence, one of the ways to approach the matter is by preparing the country in eliminating natural disaster risks such as drought, prolonged rain and tremors. Such responsibility lies not only with the government, it also involves the society and related parties. Speaking at the Opening of the Forum and Workshop on the Youth's Role in Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction yesterday morning, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia Doctor Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong, Minister of Home Affairs said the forum and workshop will focus on the youth so that they can together discuss the role of action before, during and after disasters, by taking into account disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.

According to Yang Berhormat, the Climate Change Adaptation, CCA and Disaster Risk Reduction, DRR are the two elements that have been discussed at related institutions and organisations in the global, regional and national levels to assist countries in reducing and avoiding the effects as well as impacts of global warming and climate change. In this matter, Yang Berhormat said that for the ASEAN region, policies related to CCA and DRR are integrated and listed under the Priority Programme in the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response Work Programme, namely advancing ASEAN Community that is safe, resilient to disasters, and adaptive to climate change, with youth and good governance at the centre. By taking the matter into account and the commitment to achieve the Wawasan Brunei 2035, Brunei Darussalam will continue to work together in tackling natural disaster challenges through climate change adaptation and mitigation.

The 2-day workshop and forum is attended by 60 youths from several youth organisations in the country. Also present was Yang Berhormat Dayang Khairunnisa binti Awang Haji Ash'ari, Member of the Legislative Council as the Co-Founder and Community Engagement Director Green Brunei. The main objective of the forum is to achieve the aspiration towards a sustainable society through improved awareness programmes and the society's preparedness especially among the youth in the country. The forum and workshop is organised by the National Disaster Management Centre, NDMC with the cooperation of the Brunei Darussalam Climate Change Secretariat; Brunei Darussalam Meteorological Department; Forestry Department; Youth and Sports Department; Fire and Rescue Department; Department of Community Development; Ministry of Health; Brunei Darussalam Red Crescent Society; and members of the Disaster Preparedness Coordinator recognised by NDMC.

Source: Radio Television Brunei