Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

Hiroyuki Konuma

FAO Regional Representative for Asia-Pacific



Hiroyuki Konuma
Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific

delivered at the

Post-Nargis Lessons Learning Conference: Institutionalising Good Practices, Strengthening Partnership

30 August 2010 Bangkok, Thailand

  • I wish to echo to other speakers to congratulate Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, Secretary-General of ASEAN for driving ASEAN's leadership and Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, Secretary-General of ESCAP for coordination of UN System at regional level as well as Mr Bishaw Parajuli, UNRC and UN Country Team in Myanmar for the all efforts provided.

  • Indeed, the success was the evidence of team work and partnership among all actors, including donors, NGOs, UN organizations and other development partners in close collaboration with the Government of Myanmar and local stakeholders.

  • I am very pleased that the efforts and lessons learned resulted in the formulation of institutional framework "ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (AADMER)" and other institutional settings, which will serve to meet further threat and better preparations and timely action to future disasters.

  • 2 years and 2 months passes, as emergency phase is over. As Dr. Surin said, "our concerted efforts are resulted in the fertile soil in Elawadi delta.

  • This is the time that we should move forward to saw seeds, grow plant and harvest the grains and fruits from the fertile soil.

  • Myanmar was once the word's No 1 rice exporter several decades ago. This is the time we should keep the momentum and capture the opportunity to make Elawadi delta as the world's food basket to contribute to the world food security.

  • FAO is committed to work together with other UN Agencies and partners in achieving these goals.