Kathmandu, April: The 5th Asian Broadcasting Union Summit on Climate Action and Disaster Preparedness has begun in Kathmandu today. ‘Media Solutions for Sustainable Future-Saving Lives, Building Resilient Communities’ is the major theme of the conference hosted by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.
Inaugurating the summit, Minister for Communications and Information Technology Gokul Prasad Banskota said media are always in the forefront of any effort with tremendous power to influence and aware people in all phases of disaster management, from mitigation to recovery.
In this regard, he cited the example of Radio Nepal, playing a lead role by running emergency broadcasting round the clock saving many lives through lifeline communications and life-saving broadcasting, in the immediate aftermath of the 2015 Gorkha earthquake.
Minister Baskota expressed his belief that the media summit would be a milestone for media professionals from various media organisations in the region to learn about effective and responsible media coverage from each other’s best practices and experiences.
Media professionals, disaster management experts, policymakers, intellectuals and academicians from the Asia Pacific region are taking part in the event co-organized by the ABU, Nepal Television and Radio Nepal.