Brisbane to play host to disaster reduction conference

Brisbane is set to host the United Nation’s Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in 2020.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said that the state’s experience with natural disasters and its disaster management meant the city was a perfect fit for the conference.

“In my opinion, Queensland’s Disaster Management is world class,” the Premier said.

“It is a model of co-ordination, co-operation and response.

“This has repeatedly saved lives and if there are lessons we can learn – or teach – then that can only be a good thing.”

To be hosted at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, the international conference will be jointly organised by United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, in collaboration with the Queensland Reconstruction Authority, Australia's only stand-alone agency responsible for disaster recovery, resilience and mitigation policy, and the Commonwealth Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The international conference, which will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from 23-26 June 2020, will attract disaster experts from the Asia Pacific, including more than 2000 delegates from more than 50 countries.

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