The Asia-Pacific Partnership for Disaster Risk Reduction Forum (APP-DRR) concluded with a strong commitment to accelerate the implementation of the Sendai Framework by taking advantage of opportunities ahead and with confirmation of dates of the Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk 2022. Reduction, which will be hosted by Australia in the city of Brisbane.
As Asia-Pacific continues to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic and increasing extreme weather events due to climate change, 168 delegates from across the region gathered for the APP-DRR Forum on December 8-9 by the United Nations Office for Disasters. Harm Reduction (UNDRR) and the Australian Government.
One of the main outcomes of the meeting was the launch of the Asia-Pacific 2021-24 action plan for the implementation of the Sendai framework. The new action plan, which replaces the 2018-2020 plan adopted in Mongolia, was developed through a series of consultations with member states, regional organizations and stakeholder groups.
“I congratulate you on the launch of the Asia-Pacific Action Plan 2021-24. The plan not only outlines the immediate actions that can be taken, but also identifies accelerators to support them. One of them is the need to harness the huge opportunity of COVID-19 stimulus packages to mainstream resilience into development, ”said Ms. Mami Mizutori, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Risk Reduction. disaster.
A second key result was Australia’s announcement of the dates for the Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (APMCDRR) to be held from September 19-22, 2022 in the city of Brisbane, Queensland, in Australia.
Convened by UNDRR and hosted by Australia, APMCDRR is the main regional platform for strengthening cooperation around disaster risk reduction in the Asia-Pacific. It will be the first regional ministerial since the 2018 conference held in Mongolia and the first to explicitly include the Pacific region.
“One of Australia’s commitments is inclusiveness, and I want the conference to allow all groups to have a say. We know that marginalized groups are disproportionately affected by disasters, so we look forward to hearing from those affected, ”said Mr. James Gilling, Humanitarian Coordinator for the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade ( DFAT).
The Forum also included two round tables; one on the need for inclusive financing for disaster risk reduction and a second on the implementation of a comprehensive approach to mainstream climate and disaster risk reduction.
Participants were urged to seize opportunities to strengthen regional cooperation to reduce disaster losses and ensure that no country or group is left behind.
“It is important that the region takes every opportunity to review its progress and actions by building on the lessons of the past, exchanging good practices and adopting new and innovative approaches,” said Mr. Marco Toscano- Rivalta, head of the regional UNDRR. Office for Asia and the Pacific.
These opportunities include the recently launched mid-term review of the Sendai framework, which has been mandated by the United Nations General Assembly and represents an opportunity for member states to engage in frank and inclusive discussions on where they are. and what needs to be done by 2030 to reduce disaster losses.
The second opportunity is the 2022 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, which will be hosted by Indonesia from 23 to 28 May 2022. As the first global platform since the pandemic, and positioned between the COP 26 and 27, this event will be an opportunity to make the voice of Asia-Pacific heard as the most disaster-prone region of the world.
The third opportunity is to create a marked improvement in the risk protection of developing economies by helping least developed countries cope with their vulnerabilities to climate and disasters. As the region has many graduate and graduate countries, their development paths must be protected through risk reduction, risk-informed investments and investments for resilience. To this end, the mobilization of regional and sub-regional cooperation is essential to capitalize on the rich experiences and diversity of the region.
The second day of the Forum included statements from participants reflecting on the steps they would take to support the implementation of the regional action plan and build on the mid-term review process.
Closing the two-day forum, Mr. Toscano-Rivalta called on participants to seize the mid-term review process as “an opportunity to strengthen public demand for disaster risk reduction and provide a clear and strong support to governments, local governments and all stakeholders. for greater action.
The APP-DRR Forum, formerly known as the ISDR Asia Partnership (IAP) Forum, was established in 2003 as an informal multi-stakeholder forum to promote disaster risk reduction in the Asia and the Pacific region. Organized and convened by the UNDRR Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, the forum has become one of the most important regional platforms for disaster risk reduction in the region.