Questions and Answers on Plans for 2020 APMCDRR

18 Mar 2020

Will the Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (APMCDRR) still take place in June 2020?

  • The Australian Government and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction will postpone the 2020 Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (APMCDRR), due to be held in Brisbane in June, given the impact and uncertainty surrounding the spread of COVID-19.
  • We apologise to delegates for any inconvenience caused by this decision. Options to reschedule this event at a more suitable time are currently being considered. Should you require any further information, please contact the 2020 APMCDRR Organising Committee at APMCDRR@un.org.
     

Registrations for the APMCDRR

  • International, domestic and media registration have been closed.
  • If you had registered for the June 2020 conference, we will retain your registration information and will be in touch with you when new dates are confirmed.
  • For those who had not yet registered, we will make registration available again when the conference is rescheduled.
     

Applications for the APMCDRR

  • Applications for a variety of opportunities to be involved in the 2020 APMCDRR were due on 15 March, and are now closed. These opportunities included hosting a Partner Event, Learning Lab, speaking on the Ignite Stage, exhibiting in the Marketplace or going on a Field Trip.
  • If you had applied for one or more opportunities for the June 2020 conference, we will retain your application/s and will be in touch with you when new dates are confirmed.
  • We will open applications again when the conference is rescheduled.
     

Travel arrangements

  • If you had made travel or accommodation arrangements for the June 2020 conference, we encourage you to discuss your options with your travel/accommodation provider.
     

Will the APP-DRR go ahead in Bangkok in March 2020? 

  • The Asia Pacific Partnership for Disaster Risk Reduction (APP-DRR) Forum scheduled for 31 March -1 April in Bangkok has been postponed.
  • This decision has been taken in light of the ongoing uncertainty related to the COVID-19 virus and associated travel restrictions. New arrangements for the APP-DRR will be communicated in due course.
  • To ensure an inclusive process on preparations for the APMCDRR, UNDRR and Australia will begin a series of virtual consultations with Member States, regional organisations, stakeholders and development partners. 
  • These consultations are critical for shaping the outcomes of the APMCDRR including the Political Declaration and Asia-Pacific Action Plan 2020-2022. 
  • UNDRR will be in contact to begin scheduling the consultations. Your engagement in these discussions will be greatly appreciated.