The Prime Minister, Charged with Administrative Coordination, Francisco Pascual Obama Asue, took part in the 5th Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction, being held in the Mexican city of Cancun. The meeting brought together around 180 delegations from countries throughout the world.
The Equatorial Guinea delegation was represented by the Prime Minister, who on arrival for the opening ceremony was received by the Mexican President, H. E. Enrique PeAa Nieto, and the Deputy Secretary from the United Nations, Amina Mohamed. This event began with words of welcome and commitment from Carlos Joaquin Gonzalez, Governor of Quintana-Roo, the province in which the city of Cancun is located.
The Mexican president, in his speech, pointed out that natural phenomena were inevitable, but that through good strategies many lives could be saved. However, he declared that since 2012, Mexico had suffered 166 natural disaster situations, ones which it has been prepared to combat, in close collaboration with other Caribbean States which need help.
He also said that the most important lesson learnt through disasters caused by nature, is to take preventive action, as natural phenomena do not follow rules or orders, so that prevention is the best way to combat the problem. The main aims of this meeting were, among others, the reduction in mortality rates among those affected and a reduction in economic losses.
Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea