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History

The Asian and Pacific Centre for the Development of Disaster Information Management (APDIM) was established to reduce human losses and material damages and the negative impact of natural hazards, to strengthen the capabilities and capacities of countries and regional and organizations in the fields of disaster information management and disaster risk reduction and implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 and the evolving post-2015 development agenda, and to contribute to the enhancement of regional cooperation and coordination among countries and organizations in the region in the field of disaster information management aiming at socio-economic development of nations and achieving internationally agreed development goals.

The Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s initial proposal to establish APDIM was approved at the sixth-seventh session of the Commission in 2011 (E/ESCAP/67/4). Subsequently, in 2015, ESCAP Member States decided to establish APDIM as a subsidiary body of ESCAP through resolution 71/11. The General Assembly recognized the establishment of APDIM hosted by the Islamic Republic of Iran as a regional institution of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific through resolution 72/218.

The Islamic Republic of Iran and ESCAP signed the Memorandum of Understanding for the establishment of APDIM in January 2018 and the Centre was officially opened and headquartered in Tehran in the same year.

See APDIM Annual Report 2019 for more information.

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Vice-President and Head of the Plan and Budget Organization of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Dr. Mohammad-Baqer Nobakht and Former UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP, Ms Shamshad Akhtar, signed the Host Country Agreement for the Asian and Pacific Centre for the Development of Disaster Information Management (APDIM) in Tehran, 30 January 2018.

First row from left to right in the picture: Ms. Shamshad Akhtar, former UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP, Dr. Mohammad-Baqer Nobakht, Head of the Plan and Budget Organization.

Second row from left to right in the picture: Mr. Mostafa Mohaghegh, Senior Coordinator of APDIM, Ms. Tiziana Bonapace, Director of Information and Communications Technology and Disaster Risk Reduction Division, Mr. Mahyar Mozafari, Head of Protocol Department, Plan and Budget Organization, Mr. Ehsan Asadian, Group Head of Bilateral Cooperation and Mutual Economic Commissions, Plan and Budget Organization, Mr. Mohammad Hadi Daryaei, Deputy for International Affairs, Plan and Budget Organization.

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Iran's Foreign Minister Dr. Mohammad Javad Zarif and former UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP, Dr Shamshad Akhtar, 1 February 2018

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Inauguration ceremony of APDIM Office, Tehran, 19 December 2018

From left to right in the picture: Mr. Kaveh Zahedi, Deputy Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Dr. Seyed Hamid Pourmohammadi, Deputy Vice-President Plan and Budget Organization of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ms. Letizia Rossano, Director of APDIM, Ms. Ugochi Daniels, Former UN Resident Coordinator in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

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The Parliament of the Islamic Republic of Iran ratified the Host Country Agreement for the establishment of APDIM