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.
- 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.