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Regional Plan of Action on Sand and Dust Storms in the Asian and Pacific Region

Sources: Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

Date: May 2022

At the fifth session of the Governing Council of the Asian and Pacific Centre for the Development of Disaster Information Management, the Centre reported that, with regard to regional cooperation on transboundary hazards, it had conducted a risk assessment in Asia and the Pacific to provide a long-term projection of the risk and potential socioeconomic losses and impact associated with sand and dust storms. Building on the findings of the assessment, and in line with General Assembly resolution 75/222 and resolution 72/7 of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, the Centre conducted an in-depth subregional and thematic consultation with the most affected countries with a view to developing a regional plan of action on sand and dust storms.

At its sixth session, held on 8 February 2022, the Governing Council endorsed the draft regional plan of action on sand and dust storms and recommended further consultations with member States with a view to submitting the draft regional plan of action to the Commission at its seventy-eighth session, in 2022, for its consideration and possible endorsement. The present document contains the draft regional plan of action on sand and dust storms in Asia and the Pacific for the Commission’s consideration. The Commission may wish to endorse the draft regional plan of action.