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Vice Admiral Alexander P. Pama, Co-Chair of ARISE Philippines, Elected to ARISE Global Board

ARISE Philippines has accomplished another milestone in its advocacy for disaster resilience with its reelection to the ARISE Global Board of Directors. VAdm. Alexander P. Pama AFP (ret.), ARISE Philippines Co-Chair, representing ARISE Philippines, won in the recent election for the new batch of ARISE Global Board. The virtual election took place from July 24 to August 7, 2023, participated in by members of ARISE networks from around the world. The election result was recently announced by the UN Office for Disaster Resilience (UNDRR).

ARISE, the Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies, is an initiative led by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR). It brings together governments, businesses, civil society organizations, academe, and other stakeholders to enhance disaster resilience and sustainability, to achieve objectives and goals of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

Vice Admiral Alexander P. Pama's successful candidacy highlights the global recognition of his extensive experience, expertise, and commitment to disaster resilience and risk reduction. With a distinguished career in the Philippines and his significant contributions to disaster management, Vice Admiral Pama is well-equipped to provide significant value-added participation in the accomplishment of ARISE Global Board’s mandate.

Vice Admiral Pama joins a distinguished group of board members from various ARISE national networks who share a common vision and advocacies to promote and implement disaster risk reduction and sustainable development through the international and national networks in coordination with governments and other DRR and resilience stakeholders.

The newly elected ARISE Board members are Mr. Satoshi Hijikata from Japan, CEO Brig Bhagat K. Khanna from India, Ms. Camila Tapias from USA, Ms. Susana Fuentez Riquelme from Chile, Ms. Adriana Solano Luque from Colombia, and Mr. David Greenall from Canada.

In accordance with ARISE's global Terms of Reference, UNDRR has also appointed three additional Board members. These appointments include Terry Kinyua, from Kenya; Mahmoud Al-Burai, from the UAE; and Liam Carter from the International Cooperative and Mutual Insurance Federation (ICMIF).

The new Board will officially assume their roles after the formal induction during the ARISE Global Annual General Meeting (AGM) on September 13, 2023.

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