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24-26 October 2016 (Cebu City, Philippines)

WGDRR gorup Photo at 11th IWS for webup EN caption.jpgADRC participated in the 11th Integrated Workshop of Typhoon Committee (TC) which was jointly organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), World Meteorological Organization (WMO) TC Secretariat in collaboration with the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) and the Local Organizing Committee of Cebu at Waterfront Cebu Hotel on October 24-26, 2016.

ADRC represented by Mr. Kazuhito Ueda attended the workshop during its Breakout Session on Disaster Risk Reduction in the second day and presented the member's report in the morning and discussed on the progress of the Annual Operation Plan (AOP) by the Working Group on Disaster Risk Reduction (WGDRR) as well as its initiatives and budgets towards the following year.

The member's report covered the disaster overview focusing on typhoons in 2016, the progress of projects related Typhoon Committee and the initiatives on Disaster Reduction by 10 member-countries including the People's Republic of China, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China, Japan, the Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, the Kingdom of Thailand, the Republic of Korea, the United States of America and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

Mr. Ueda explained the characteristics of typhoons that landed Japan this year and reported on the enormous damage these had brought to areas that have not frequently been hit by typhoon such as Kanto, Tohoku regions and Hokkaido from the Pacific side. Further, he suggested on the need to accumulate the contents of these disasters' characteristics and damages as the analyzable dataset.

During the consultation about the AOP in the afternoon, a useful report was made regarding the 4th project of the year 2016 entitled, "Benefit Evaluation of Typhoon Disaster Prevention and Preparedness" of which China has become the implementing country. In the report, a Chinese Representative stressed that reducing typhoon track forecast error could lead to a reduction of considerable economic losses.

Although the stay was quite brief, the flow of the activities was unbelievably smooth and the travel was comfortable thanks to the support by the Local Organizing Committee. Finally, ADRC would like to express its sincere appreciation for everyone's effort which contributed to the success of this conference.
(2016/10/24 19:30)
8-9 October 2016 (Iquitos, Peru)

The 10th APEC Senior Disaster Management Officials Forum (SDMOF) was held in Iquitos, Peru on 8th and 9th, October 2016. As one of the co-chairs of EPWG, ED of ADRC attended the meetings and the APEC Workshop organised by FEMA on Strengthening Public Alert and Early Warning Capacity on 6th and 7th October, prior to the SDMOF. 

The meeting, hosted by National Institute of Civil Defense,INDIECI Peru was opened by the Honorable Mr. Alberto Manuel Lozada Frias, Head of  INDECI, and Mrs. Adela Esmeralda Jimenez, Provincial Municipality of Maynas. The meeting focused on "Emergency Preparedness for Supply Chain and Emergency Food Security" as the theme and explored the issue of food delivery targeting, in particular, at the poor in emergency, effective public-private collaboration for this purpose, and policy challenges throughout four sessions. 

The forum was attended by senior disaster management officials and delegates of Australia, China, Japan, Peru, Philippines, Chinese Taipei, United States and Viet Nam as well as representatives from ABAC and other relevant organizations. From Japan, Mr.Yasuyuki Ishii, Policy Advisor,Disaster Management Bureau Cabinet Office, made a presentation on the experience of Kumamoto earthquakes in April 2016 by highlighting the support initiated by the national government facilitating emergency relief activities by the affected local governments facing difficulties in immediately procuring the necessary supplies by themselves and arranging the transportation.

Participants of SDMOF welcomed the draft Action Plan that EPWG had been discussing, as instructed by APEC leaders in 2015 as guidance for implementation of the APEC Disaster Risk Reduction Framework (DRRF) .The Action Plan, as a living document will be discussed and updated as needed.
(2016/10/8 12:30)


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