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Naveen Patnaik Proposes International Centre For Disaster Mitigation & Recovery In Odisha

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15 May 2019

Mohammed Ishtiyaque

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Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today proposed the United Nations officials to set up an International Centre for Disaster Mitigation and Recovery in Odisha.

Speaking to officials of the UN, World Bank, Asian Development Bank and other International organisations led by Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance in a meeting here, Naveen urged the UN university to set up the aforementioned centre in Odisha.

"This could help in building upon the expertise that Odisha has gained in this sector as well as in developing International best practices for use across the world," the Chief Minister said.

Naveen assured the UN team to provide all possible support for establishment of the proposed Centre in Bhubaneswar.

He also laid stress on disaster proofing of energy infrastructure, development of resilient communication network and restoration of livelihoods. Naveen urged the UN team to modify eexisting programmes to incorporate some of these activities for early implementation in Odisha.

Appreciating the efforts undertaken by the Odisha Government in pre-cyclone evacuation, the UN team said, "The timely efforts of the State Government saved the lives of many people."

They also admired the relief and restoration work taken up by the State Government and assured full cooperation.

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Jorge Coarasa, Program Leader, Human Development, The World Bank

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Kenichi Yokoyama,Country Director, ADB