A two-day workshop has begun here from today to hold discussions on common problems to be raised by the 18 the SAARC Summit. The Summit is going to be held in Kathmandu from November 26 and 27.
Different issues including natural disaster, climate change, agriculture, land and food security, to be addressed by the SAARC Summit would be identified in the workshop. The workshop is organised by one dozen of organisations including Oxfam, Swati, and European Union.
Lawmakers and experts of related fields of Nepal, India, Bangladesh and Pakistan are participating in the workshop.
Inaugurating the workshop, Constituent Assembly Chairman Subas Nembang said a sustainable policy should be formulated on the issues of effects of natural disaster and climate change and added that not only the South Asian countries, but all countries of the world should be honest in its implementation.
Stating that with increasing modernization, countries have been facing such disaster due to unlimited use of natural resources, he said, “It is an issue of the concerned of all. So it can be mitigated only from collaboration of all.”
Similarly, Deputy Speaker of the Bangladeshi Parliament, Advocate Mohammad Fazle Rabbi Miah, Upper House member of Pakistan, Dr Karim Khawaja, and Oxfam Regional Deputy Director in Asia, Lilian Mercado, pointed out the need of political commitment to resolve common problems of South Asia.
They also stressed that methods to resolve the problems should be adopted at the collaboration of all countries.
Around 900 incidents of natural disaster occurred in 42 years ,affecting some 750 million people.
A total of 230,000 people lost their lives in the incidents and property worth 45 billion dollar was destroyed.
Likewise, more than 276 million people of South Asia have been facing starvation problem, where more than 60 per cent people are involved in agriculture sector.
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