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31 August 2022

ADRC will organize a Partner Event at the Asia Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (APMCDRR) entitled Building Resilient Communities by Investing in DRR Literacy for Proactive Actions that "Leave No One Behind."

Recognizing the importance of community empowerment for reducing disaster damage, this event will showcase innovative practices in building community resilience, including investing in DRR literacy as a way to ensure no one is left behind. Although the event will an in-person only event, we are looking forward to having APMCDRR attendees participate. 

For more information, please see the website and flyer below.

Date: 21 September 2022 (Wednesday)
Time: 13:30 - 14:30 (Australia Time UTC+9)
Venue: Mezzanine Room M2, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC)
(2022/08/31 15:00)

19 August 2022 (Chiangmai, Thailand)
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One of the key discussions at the 15th Senior Disaster Management Officials Forum (SDMOF-15) held on 19 August 2022 in Chiangmai, Thailand focused on whether the APEC EPWG should update the 2015 APEC Disaster Risk Reduction Framework and the 2016 DRR Action Plan in the context of post-COVID-19 recovery.

It was noted that in 2015, APEC leaders adopted the APEC Disaster Risk Reduction Framework to contribute to the development of adaptive and disaster-resilient Asia-Pacific economies that are able to achieve inclusive and sustainable development in the face of disasters in a "new normal" context. The Framework, and its corresponding DRR Action Plan, recognizes that addressing the impacts of disasters requires holistic, more proactive, multi-stakeholder, multi-sectoral, and strategic interventions to make our economies more resilient. Hence, the Framework cuts across all areas of the APEC agenda, including agriculture, forestry, fisheries, trade and investments, energy, micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs), infrastructure development, critical infrastructure resiliency, financial resiliency, human capital, health, gender, food security, science and technology, and ecological integrity. After seven years of implementation, the economies of Chinese Taipei, the Philippines, and Chile expressed the need to review and update the documents. 

Given this discussion, ADRC expressed support for updating the 2015 APEC Disaster Risk Reduction Framework and its corresponding DRR Action Plan to make these documents more responsive to post-pandemic recovery efforts in the region as well as to align them with the Putrajaya Vision 2040 and its corresponding Aotearoa Plan of Action (APA). 
(2022/08/26 15:00)

 18 August 2022 (Chiangmai, Thailand)
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Japan's delegation to the 18th APEC Emergency Preparedness Working Group (EPWG) meeting held on 18 August 2022 included four officials from the Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC). Mr SUZUKI Koji, who is serving as current co-chair of the EPWG participated in person in Chiangmai, Thailand while Mr SASAHARA Akio, Ms SHIOMI Yumi, and Mr Gerald Potutan participated online. The government of Thailand hosted the meeting with the theme of "Promoting Disaster Risk Reduction and Strengthening Partnership Toward Resilient Recovery After COVID-19." 

ADRC gave two presentations at the meeting. The first presentation showed the application of the GLIDE numbering system and the utilization of satellite images in documenting recent disasters (2021-2022) in Asia and the Pacific region. In applying the GLIDE numbering system, ADRC assigns common but unique numbers to disasters to support the integration of disaster risk reduction (DRR) data as well as to improve the efficiency of retrieving historical and ongoing disaster information from various databases across different countries and organizations. Moreover, ADRC also provides to member countries "before-and-after" satellite images of disaster-impacted areas through Sentinel Asia - an initiative led by the Asia Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF) to support disaster management with WEB-GIS technology and earth observation satellite data. The second presentation showed the potential contribution of Japan's early warning service (EWS) using the Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS) to support evacuation and response activities. QZSS, which is a constellation of Japanese Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), has the capacity to send warning information using space satellites. QZSS is expected to offer greater applications in remote and mountainous areas with poor coverage of ground-based telecommunications networks. It would also help protect the early warning message from vulnerable telecommunications systems against service disruptions during extreme disaster events. For this project, the Cabinet of Japan is initially inviting the following countries to participate in feasibility studies and demonstrations: Chinese Taipei (Taiwan), Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Bangladesh, Nepal, Australia, and Fiji. 

As indicated in both presentations, ADRC has been implementing DRR projects in the Asia-Pacific region and would like to further leverage greater partnerships in the EPWG to strengthen regional efforts. 
(2022/08/25 15:00)
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