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23-25 February 2022(online)

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Lao PDR hosted the 54th Session of the Typhoon Committee which was held online on 23-25 February 2022. The event opened with the election of Madam Outhone Phetluangshy (Director General, Department of Meteorology and Hydrology, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment) of Lao PDR and Mr Weng Kun Leong (Director, Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau) of Macao, China as chair and vice chair, respectively, of the 54th Session. One of the outcomes of the meeting was the presentation of the Committee's Strategic Framework 2022-2026, which is aimed at achieving two targets: (1) substantially reduce total mortality caused by tropical cyclone related disasters of the members for the decade 2021-2030 compared to the period 2005-2015; and (2) Reduce direct economic losses caused by tropical cyclone-related disasters in relation to the total gross domestic product (GDP) of the members for the decade 2021-2030 compared to the period 2005-2015. Committee members agreed on seven Key Result Areas (KRAs) in implementing the Strategic Framework: 

1. Enhance capacity to monitor the impacts of tropical cyclones 
2. Enhance capacity in tropical cyclone forecasting and disaster risk prediction 
3. Improve flood mitigation measures 
4. Strengthen capacity development activities in meteorology, hydrology, DRR, and civil protection sectors
5. Promote visibility and enhance the Typhoon Committee's Regional and International collaboration mechanisms 
6. Advance collaborative scientific research 
7. Enhance the resilience of vulnerable communities

All working groups of the Typhoon Committee, namely, the Working Group on Meteorology (WGM); Working Group on Hydrology (WGH), the Working Group on Disaster Risk Reduction (WGDRR), and the Training and Research Coordination Group (TRCG), presented how each have integrated the seven KRAs in their respective Annual Operations Plans (AOPs) for 2022. By the end of the year, all the working groups, including WGDRR in which ADRC is a member, will report on their progress during 17th Integrated Workshop (IWS) which will be hosted by UN-ESCAP in Bangkok, Thailand. The modalities of the event will be decided later considering the COVID-19 situation. On the final day of the meeting, members decided that the 55th Session of the Typhoon Committee will be organized in Macao, China in February 2023.

(2022/3/2 15:00)

20 February 2022 (online)

Executive Director Nakagawa succeeded former Executive Director Suzuki as a co-chair of the APEC Emergency Preparedness Working Group (EPWG). APEC is a framework for economic cooperation among 21 economies in the Asia-Pacific region. At the Senior Officials Meeting held in February, each organization under the APEC umbrella outlined its activities for this year. The EPWG co-chairs outlined how the group conducts its EPWG meetings, promotes individual projects, and works with other organizations. Thailand, this year's host country, presented the following three priorities under the theme "OPEN, CONNECT, BALANCE."

- Openness in all opportunities for trade and investment
- Reinvigorating all aspects of collaboration
- Promoting balance, sustainability, and inclusiveness on all fronts

Each participating economy also affirmed its commitment to take action to realize the Putrajaya Vision 2040, APEC's long-term action guideline, and its corresponding Aotearoa Action Plan. The economies then commented on the work. 
Among them, the Japanese government specifically expressed support for the activities of EPWG, specifically in the context of intensifying disaster risks due to climate change and other factors.

(2022/2/27 15:00)

9 February 2022 (online)
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ADRC organized a session entitled "Resilient Society through Disaster Risk Reduction" at the 4th Spatial Planning Platform (SPP) Forum held online on 9 February 2022. The SPP is an organization led by UN Habitat and the government of Japan, with the participation of Asian countries and specialized organizations, which aims to contribute to the creation of a sustainable society through better urban and regional planning.
The 4th SPP Forum featured presentations by Prof NISHIKAWA of Nagoya University on planning efforts for disaster risk reduction (DRR) in Japan; by Sendai City on the integration of DRR into local government planning; and by the government of the Philippines on lessons learned on community relocation in the process of disaster recovery and reconstruction.

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(2022/2/16 15:00)

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