ADRC participated in the 11th Meeting of Typhoon Committee(TC) Working Group on Disaster Risk Reduction(WGDRR) which was jointly organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) TC Secretariat and the National Disaster Management Research Institute(NDMI) of the Republic of Korea in Ulsan on 24-27 May 2016.
The meeting was attended by 40 persons including representatives of China, Malaysia, Vietnam, Laos, Hong Kong and Macao Special Administrative Regions of China, as well as advisors of the Working Group of Meteorology(WGM) and the Working Group of Hydrology(WGH); and was held four days as follows;
<First day: 24th May>
Keynote presentations were delivered by the TC secretariat and the experts from WMO and UNESCAP, who have served as advisors for many years on the ongoing implementation (SSOP-II) of Synergized Standard Operating Procedure (SSOP) for Coastal Multi-Hazard Early Warning System and the Strategic Plans of TC, followed by discussion.
<Second day: 25th May>
Two parallel meetings took place; A country report meeting by the member countries of TC, and another meeting of Advisory Working Group (AWG) by advisors of WMO, UNESCAP, WGM and WGH.
In the country report meeting, participant countries presented the reports on recent disasters that occurred in each country, and the initiatives to build disaster information system that facilitates information collection, reporting and provision.
ADRC made a presentation about recent disasters in Japan by focusing on the efforts in Hyogo prefecture on the evacuation warning of sediment disaster caused by typhoon and heavy rain. ADRC reported also about the Asian Conference on Disaster Reduction 2016, and basic information of the Kumamoto Earthquake that had occurred in April.
<Third day: 26th May>
In the morning, Chair, NDMI first briefed about reconsideration of 7 Key Result Areas (KRAs), and explained the future Annual Operating Plans (AOPs) and its budget in WGDRR based on the recognition that DRR is the Cross-Cutting Issue, followed by discussion.
In the afternoon, a site visit was organized and conference participants visited a shipyard and an automobile manufacturing plant of the Hyundai Group based in this venue, Ulsan, which is carrying on business worldwide.
<Fourth day: 27th May>
TC Secretariat summarized this WGDRR and participants agreed to continue discussion intensively on the reconsideration of AOPs, and so on, preparing for the Integrated Work Shop, which will be held in the Philippines in October.