The Regional Consultative Committee on Disaster Management (RCC) comprises of members who are working in key Government positions in the national disaster management systems of countries of the Asia and the Pacific region and was established at the initiative by the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) in 2000. Its role as a consultative mechanism for regional cooperation is recognized and affirmed by the Charter of ADPC.
To date, 26 countries are represented by 30 RCC Members from the Asia and Pacific regions, namely, Afghanistan, Bangladesh Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor Leste and Viet Nam.
Roles of RCC
- Identification of disaster-related needs and priorities of Asia Pacific countries
- Promotion of regional and sub-regional cooperative programs
- Development of regional action strategies for disaster reduction
Previous RCC Meetings
Annual meetings of the RCC are convened by the Government of a host member country in collaboration with ADPC. RCC Meetings are attended by more than 50 RCC delegates comprising of heads of national disaster management offices from 26 countries in Asia and Pacific region and observers from UN Agencies, donors and ADPC partners. To date, all RCC meetings have been supported by the Government of Australia. ADPC serves as the secretariat to the RCC.
- RCC 1: Bangkok, Thailand, November 2000
- RCC 2: Bangkok, Thailand, October 2001
- RCC 3: New Delhi, India, October 2002
- RCC 4: Dhaka, Bangladesh, March 2004
- RCC 5: Hanoi, Vietnam, May 2005
- RCC 6: Kunming, China, November 2006
- RCC 7: Colombo, Sri Lanka, May 2008
- RCC 8: Manila, Philippines, February 2010
- RCC 9: Phnom Penn, Cambodia, October 2011
RCC Meeting Structure
Each meeting of the RCC has a special theme as selected by the host country. In this theme session presentations are made by selected member countries, on achievements, challenges, good practices in the countries on the said theme. The meeting also has a separate session showcasing the achievements, practices on disaster risk management of the host country. Lessons learned by the member countries from the recent disasters in the region, in terms of providing response as well as planning for recovery and reconstruction are presented at the meeting. In the context of strengthening regional cooperation, RCC also has been organizing a special session on progress on the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) in Asia. This session has been organized in the past in partnership with UNISDR and UNDP. Apart from the presentations by the countries, group discussions are also held on various issues related to regional cooperation for disaster risk.
The ADPC 10th Meeting of the Regional Consultative Committee will take the Declaration of the 5th Asian Ministerial Conference on DRR including consultations on the Post-2015 forward. Certain sessions of the meeting will be devoted for countries to update on national consultations on the post-HFA in the aftermath of the 5th AMCDRR including linkage with the Post-2015 Development Agenda consultations in the countries. Results will contribute to Asia Pacific’s contributions to the Post-HFA and deliberation at the Global Platform on DRR in May 2013.