ndonesian Foreign Minister Dr. Hassan Wirajuda officially opened the Conference dan Workshop with the theme of "Promoting Initiatives on Disaster Risk Management", to commemorate 50 Years of Diplomatic Relations between Indonesia - New Zealand.
New Zealand delegation was led by Minister for Civil Defence Hon. Rick Barker. Indonesian Ambassador to New Zealand Amris Hassan, the Chairman of BRR Aceh Nias Dr. Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, New Zealand Ambassador to Indonesia Philip Gibson, and the Chairman of Wellington Regional Council Fran Wilde also among the prominent guests in the Conference.
Around 150 experts in natural disaster participating in the Conference. Beside to celebrate the anniversary of diplomatic relations between Indonesia and New Zealand, the Conference was also aimed to increase understanding between Indonesian experts and New Zealand experts in disaster risk management. At the end of the Conference, the two countries have agreed to continue the cooperation in the field of natural disaster.