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Asian Leaders' meeting towards implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in Asia", and the "2nd ISDR Asia Partnership (IAP) meeting of 2015"

17-19 November 2015 (New Delhi, India)

ADRC participated in the "Asian Leaders' meeting towards implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in Asia", and the "2nd ISDR Asia Partnership (IAP) meeting of 2015" , held during 17-19 November 2015, New Delhi, India.
On the first day in the morning, the "Asian Leaders' meeting towards implementation of the SFDRR in Asia", a senior level meeting took place, which was attended many political leaders in Asia.

1511.JPGShri Kiren Rijiju, Hon'ble Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Government of India opened and set the context of the meeting in his welcome remark, followed by a keynote address by Ms. M. Wahlstrom, UN Special Representative of the Secretary.  Senior level representatives from seven countries including AMCDRR host countries in the past and in the future, then delivered their statement on their experience and way forward; People's Republic of China, Republic of Korea, Indonesia, Royal Thai Government, Mongolia, Japan and Afghanistan.

Mr. F. Matsumoto, State Minister of Cabinet Office, Government of Japan, hosting the 3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, expressed their gratitude to the wide participation in the Conference in Sendai and their strong will to support the international community in implementing the SFDRR, in particular, by providing know-how to develop indicators and to strengthen governance. Minister Matsumoto stressed also further collaboration with ADRC and other regional organizations by highlighting the ACDR2016 in Phuket in February 2016. He also encouraged supporting the UN resolution designating the World Tsunami Day by referring to their projects of awareness raising to reduce the damages of Tsunami in Asia. Shri Rajnath Singh, Hon'ble Union Home Minister, India also attended the meeting and expressed his strong hope that the meeting would set the policy directions towards the AMCDRR in 2016.

In the afternoon, the first session of the IAP meeting focused on the AMCDRR in 2016. After the introduction of the agenda by Ms. Kan, Head, UNISDR Asia Pacific office, Ms.Wahlstrom gave her key note, encouraging political commitment to implementing SFDRR in Asia, followed by an update from the host country and presentations by member countries, and those by regional organizations. ADRC reported about its major activities after Sendai and encouraged a wide participation in the ACDR 2016.

Morning session of the second day was focused on the Asian regional plan. A series of presentations to facilitate regional planning was made including those on  monitoring of the SFDRR, and indicator.  In the afternoon, participants discussed in one of the three groups aiming to provide inputs to develop the Regional Plan. Sector by sector implementation of SFDRR was also spotlighted as well after the coffee break.

The last day started with a panel discussion on local implementation of SFDRR attended by the participants from sub-national governments including Ms. Y. Ito, Vice Mayor of Sendai city, Japan. Three parallel sessions in the afternoon continued to discuss local implementation by focusing on assessment of local risk and resilience, local DRR strategies and plans, and inclusive and community-managed approaches, the outcome of which was shared at the final plenary.

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