19 - 22 September 2022 (Brisbane, Australia.)
The Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC) sent representatives to the Asia Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (APMCDRR 2022), which was held on 19 to 22 September 2022 in Brisbane, Australia.
ADRC organized a partner event of the Conference entitled "Building Resilient Communities by Investing in DRR Literacy for Proactive Actions focusing on "Leave No One Behind." It was moderated by Ms KODAMA Miki, Deputy Director of the Research Department on 21 Sept. The event tapped into a wide range stakeholders to showcase innovative practices for building community resilience, including investing in DRR literacy, as actions for ensuring "no one is left behind." Through the discussion, we affirmed that (1) building a culture of DRR and having various people actively participate in DRR activities are effective for increasing DRR literacy, (2) targeting the younger generation in particular will lead to the development of leaders in the next generation, and (3) it is important to sustainably link daily life, welfare, and social protection during normal times with DRR during emergencies, especially at the local level. We also recognized that institutional and financial support for community disaster management activities is needed to ensure the sustainability of these activities. We recommended that DRR should not be treated as a special measure, but mainstreamed as a critical component in community policy making and planning. This reflects the statement included in the APMCDRR Co-chairs' Statement, that "our endeavours are most likely to succeed through whole-of-society approaches that support community priorities and local institutions." For more details about this event, please visit: https://www.adrc.asia/acdr/2022apmcdrr.php.
In addition, ADRC displayed two posters as a member of the "All Japan Bosai Team" in the Conference Marketplace. ADRC introduced participates to its recent activities, such as the "Quasi Zenith Satellite System (QZSS) for Early Warning Message Platform" and "Applying Space-Based Technology and ICT to Strengthen Disaster Resilience."
ADRC participated in many events, including the: (1) Plenary: Risk-Informed Investments and Scaling Up Financing for Disaster Risk Reduction (20 Sept), (2) Working Session: Governance and Stakeholder Engagement for Resilient Infrastructure Services (20 Sept), and (3) Ignite Stage Presentation: Human Capacity Building that Supports Community Disaster Management by the City of Sendai (21 Sept).
Moreover, ADRC Executive Director SASAHARA Akio issued an official statement introducing ADRC's efforts and inviting partners to learn together for enhancing disaster resilience in the Asia Pacific region.
The full statement is available at: https://bit.ly/APMCDRR2022ADRC.