Activities and Initiatives
Supporting Disaster Risk Reduction
The Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific manages a number of platforms and programs to support disaster risk reduction efforts and accelerate implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in the region.
Asia-Pacific Partnership for Disaster Risk Reduction (APP-DRR) Forum
The Asia-Pacific Partnership for Disaster Risk Reduction (APP-DRR) Forum [formerly known as the ISDR Asia Partnership (IAP)] was set up in 2003 as an informal multi-stakeholder forum to promote disaster risk reduction in the Asia & Pacific region. Organised and convened by the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, the forum has grown to become one of the most important regional platforms for DRR. The forum includes governments, inter-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, the UN, international organizations, and bilateral and multilateral donors. The APP-DRR advances disaster risk reduction through supporting the implementation of the Sendai Framework and the Asia Regional Plan.
Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (APMCDRR)
The Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) is the main regional platform for promoting coordination and cooperation on DRR and the implementation of the Sendai Framework in Asia and the Pacific.
Held every two years, it brings together UN Member States, intergovernmental organisations, international and national organisations and stakeholder groups, to accelerate progress on disaster risk reduction. The conference is instrumental to strengthening DRR in the region by sharing good practice and knowledge and forging partnerships.
The eighth session of this conference, and the second after the adoption of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, was hosted by the Government of Mongolia in Ulaanbaatar, 3-6 July 2018. Key outcome documents from the 2018 conference were the Ulaanbaatar Declaration and the regional Action Plan 2018-2020.
The next conference will be in the year 2020 and will be hosted by the Government of Australia in the city of Brisbane.
Making Cities Resilient "My city is getting ready!" campaign
Central to the Making Cities Resilient: “My city is getting ready!” World Disaster Reduction Campaign is a partnering initiative of local government alliances for disaster risk reduction with peer learning opportunities. The aim of the campaign is to encourage mayors, local governments and national authorities to take action towards making cities resilient as part of sustainable urbanization.
Building Private Sector Resilience in Asia Pacific
UNDRR works with Asian-based corporations taking an active interest in integrating disaster risk management into their core business practices, by creating open dialogue where opportunities and barriers can be explored and roles and responsibilities can be better articulated.
One mechanism is the the ARISE network which is global initiative between UNDRR and members of the private sector seeking to mobilize action to reduce the risk of disaster on their current business and future investments.
There are ARISE chapters in Japan, the Philippines, and India.
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