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21-22 September 2017 (Vinh City, Vietnam)

The 11th APEC Senior Disaster Management Officials Forum,SDMOF was held in Vinh City, northern Viet Nam on 21-22 September 2017 and Mr.Yoneda, Deputy Director General, Cabinet Office and Mr. Moriwaki, deputy director attended the meeting. ED of ADRC attended in it as EPWG co-chair.The Forum was hosted by MARD, Viet Nam and officially opened by H.E. Hoang Van Thang, Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Viet Nam, and H.E. Mr Dinh Viet Hong, Vice Chairman of the People's Committee of Nghe An Province. Approximately 160 participants from 16 economies participated in the meeting.

In the first prenary session on successful cases of applyng advanced technologies and regional collaboration chaired by New Zealand, Mr.Yoneda, Deputy Director General, Cabinet Office, Japan made a presentation on use of ICT for DRR by highlighting J-ALERT, while Philippines, Chinese Taipei, and UNISDR Asia Pacific contributed to the Panel in addition to the host economy, Viet Nam.  In the following three technical sessions, participants from member economies and research institutes, the private sector and international organizations provided their experiences on application of cutting edge technologies for DRR purposes.
Based on the two days discussion, the final prenary session on Day2 discussed the draft of "Vinh Joint Declarations on Science and Technology for DRR--Enhancing science technology and cooperation to facilitate DRR decision support towards an effective policy making for upgrading DRR governance". The economies adopted the declaration at the end and the essence was integrated into the APEC 2017 Ministerial Meeting, Joint Ministerial Statement.

Mr.Yoneda, Deputy Director General, Cabinet Office, Japan at the plenary 
Final Session 



(2017/09/30 12:30)
19 September 2017 (Vinh city, Vietnam)

Prior to SDMOF, ADRC, together with MARD, Viet Nam, organized an APEC Workshop "Enhancing Rural Disaster Resilience through Effective Infrastructure Investment" -- Build Back Better of infrastructure supporting industries in region" on 19th September, in Vinh city.

This workshop, held for an APEC project was attended by approximately 40 participants from 11 APEC economies.

Mr. Nguyen Sy Hung, Deputy Director of Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Nghe An province, Viet Nam gave his welcome remarks, followed by an introductory presentation by ADRC on the concept of the project. Dr.Le Quang Tuan, EPWG co-chair, MARD,chaired the first session in the morning and experts reported good practices from the case economies including Chinese Taipei by Dr. Kuo Chun-Chih, Department of Civil Engineering, National Taiwan University, Indonesia by  Dr. Khaerun Nisa ,Lecturer, Atma Jaya Yogyakarta University, Japan by Mr. Masami Suigur, Concultant, Asia Air Survey Co Ltd, Philippines by Dr. Emmanuel M Luna, Professor, College of Social Work and Community Development, University of the Philippines and Vietnam by Dr. Dang Thi Thanh Huyen, Consultant. Participants then discussed the issues raised by the experts, in particular, effective collaboration with the private sector.

Regarding the cases, Chinese Taipei , USA and Japan submitted good practices of immediate recovery facilitating recovery and reconstruction process, Philippines and Indonesia presented cases of transport infrastructure recovery and BBB for wider scope of areas greatly contributing to upgrading connectivity, while Viet Nam and Indonesia analysed many cases of locally maganageable community infratricture by using environmentally friendly technologies, for example.

In the afternoon, ADRC chaired the second session, in which Chile, Mexico, Peru and Indonesia added their experiences from the government point of views, and  Dr. Nguyen Dang Giap, Director, Research Center for Natural Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, Vietnam Academy for Water Resource pointed out challenges from the viewpoint of Academic institutes, followed by the private sector's view from Mr.Takufumi Ishikawa, Executive Member of JBP, Japan Bosai Platform. Throughout the discussion, effective collaboration with the private sector as well as close collaboration between development authorities and DRR authorities have been repeatedly raised as the two key elements. Based on the discussion in Vinh, the casebook will be discussed by the group and published shortly.

                                                                               (2017/09/30 12:30)

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