Indonesia, UN ink security cooperation pact ahead of GPDRR

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The Indonesian government and the United Nations (UN) signed an agreement on security cooperation ahead of the 7th Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR) in Nusa Dua, Bali, on Wednesday.

Deputy for systems and strategies at the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), Raditya Jati, said that the agreement signifies a joint collaboration to succeed the 7th GPDRR, which will be held in Bali from May 23–28, 2022.

“Collaboration between parties and commitment to work together as an integrated and solid team will become an important contribution to succeed the 7th GPDRR,” he remarked in a press release issued on Wednesday.

The memorandum of understanding (MoU) will provide a legal basis for and demonstrate shared commitment toward GPDRR, as well as detail joint security operations, including anticipatory measures for potential security hazards and natural disasters, he informed.

The MoU focuses on security cooperation, which will regulate the role of the Indonesian Defense Forces (TNI), National Police (Polri), and the United Nations Department for Safety and Security (UNDSS), Jati said.

Meanwhile, UNDSS coordinator for event security, Sassan Rahimi, lauded the support from the Indonesian government, especially in the field of security, for the upcoming GPDRR. He said the cooperation had been built since the preparations had been very good and professional.

“The GPDRR event is a very important event for the United Nations. We appreciate the help from the Indonesian government as the host for this year’s GPDRR. We will fully support security cooperation to build a better world, as well as the 2022 GPDRR event,” Rahimi said.

The collaboration is a part of joint disaster risk reduction measures. Each party will conduct a risk analysis, design an operation plan, identify the resources needed, and ensure that all of them are available in the area to anticipate any potential crisis.

Bali Police chief, Inspector General Putu Jayan Danu Putra, said that Polri and UNDSS will share authority over a certain area called the blue zone. Meanwhile, adjustments will be made for respective fields for areas outside the blue zone.

At the MoU signing, Jati expressed his appreciation to all parties involved in securing the GPDRR. The MoU on security cooperation was carried out by the Commander of the Defense Area Joint Command 2 (Kogabwilhan) and the UNDSS Event Security Coordinator, and signed by the Commander of the Regional Military Command IX/Udayana, Major General Sonny Apriyanto, and the Bali Police chief.

The signing of the MoU was witnessed by representatives of UNDSS, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Coordinating Ministry for Human Development and Culture.

The security cooperation will be fully supported by TNI Headquarters, Police Headquarters, Kogabwilhan 2, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Presidential Security Guard (Paspamres), Presidential Military Secretariat (Setmilpres), Police Headquarters, Bali Police, and Bali Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD).

Source: Antara News