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Committee: Physical Arrangements

Topic: “Strengthening United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) for post
disaster rehabilitation efforts.”
Country: The Republic of Singapore
In the last few decades a striking world-wide trend towards rising fatalities and economic losses
due to natural and man-made hazards can be observed. One major influencing factor is growing
urbanization, megacities being particularly prone to supply crises, social disorganization, political
conflicts and natural disasters. One of the principles underlying Singapore's foreign policy is its
commitment to maintaining a secure and politically and economically stable environment in and around
Southeast Asia. That the Resolution No. 67/209 International Strategy for Disaster Reduction of the
General Assembly, recognizes the importance of the developing of strategies at the national, subregional,
regional and international levels by Member States, in particular developing countries, to achieve disaster
risk reduction, and reiterates the need to further develop regional initiatives and risk reduction capacities
of regional mechanisms to strengthen them and to encourage the use and sharing of all existing tools, and
requests the regional commissions, within their mandates, to support the efforts of Member States in this
regard, in close coordination with the implementing entities of the United Nations system.
The rehabilitation and recovery focus is more of rebuilding the affected communities, restoring
livelihoods, effectively preventing the recurrence of disasters and harnessing conditions for future
development. Thus, managing recovery efforts will require building local capacities, restoring coping
mechanisms, empowering communities and determining root causes and vulnerabilities which make the
communities disaster-prone. We, the Delegates of the Republic of Singapore, realized that it should
establish a national, regional/sub-regional, and global information exchanges, facilities, or websites
dedicated to hazard, risk and disaster prevention, linked by agreed communication standards and
protocols to facilitate interchange. Actions aiming to reduce the risk of disasters are processes in which
strategic planning and local law-making, the appropriate use of local resources, the participation of key
actors, prevention and alleviation activities, emergency preparations and management - and post-disaster
rehabilitation and reconstruction must be studied as a whole and cannot be analyzed as isolated and
random factors within development processes.
We, the Delegates of the Republic of Singapore, wants to share to the community of United
Nations, and it should be adapt as an alternative in water inadequacy and clean potable water as part of
the post rehabilitation, the Water Resource Management of Singapore which we uses since our State
cannot produced natural drinking waters, by the used of our mechanism and technology which converts
the water coming from the rain and the sea water. As a nation with a very limited water supply, taking
appropriate measures to ensure the sustainability of our water resources is a top priority for Singapore's
national water agency. Small changes make a difference. Smart decision making at home or at work
could mean lower energy use, lower emissions and a better world for everyone whom it can reduce the
effect and impact of disasters.
Terima Kasih!