Opening and Closing Ceremony

Australia has a vast landscape. From the outback desert plains to majestic coastlines, rugged bushland to prehistoric rainforests, the island continent is a meeting place like no other. In a country that inspires imagination, experience Australia's rich culture by joining us for the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2020 APMCDRR organized by the host country.

Ministerial statements

Heads of government delegations from across the Asia-Pacific will deliver their country’s commitment to progress and accelerate disaster risk reduction efforts to meet the Sendai Framework targets and reduce disaster risk across the region.

Stakeholder statements

The multi-stakeholder nature of the APMCDRR is a critical driver of productive deliberations, discussions and commitments to effectively implement the Sendai Framework. Stakeholder groups participating in the APMCDRR have the opportunity to review their past commitments, and issue new commitments in the form of Statements of Action.

Plenary sessions

The plenary sessions will focus on the conference theme and pillars:

  • Opening Plenary: Time to Accelerate
  • Pillar Plenaries:
    1. Investing in Prevention
    2. Making Systems and Infrastructure Resilient
    3. Sharing Innovations, Knowledge and Solutions

Working sessions

Working sessions will focus on strategic and policy related challenges structured around the three APMCDRR pillars, and will form the core of the substantive deliberations. These sessions will be specially-curated and designed to provide interactive and in-depth discussions on key challenges and lessons learned, and will comprise of a moderator and panellists.

Spotlight events

Highlighting a series of cross-cutting themes throughout the conference, Spotlight events will be interactive discussions that focus on solutions-oriented case studies and best practice examples.

  1. Women’s Gender Equality and DRR
    Gender can impact how a disaster is experienced and how people recover after a disaster. This event will highlight the positive role that women and girls play in disaster risk reduction across the region.
  2. Disability inclusiveness
    This session will highlight how people with disabilities manage risk every day and can play a significant role in disaster policy, planning and interventions.
  3. Traditional and indigenous knowledge
    Local and indigenous knowledge is fundamental to disaster risk reduction. Panellists will share how this valuable knowledge can be incorporated into local and national disaster risk reduction.
  4. Disaster and climate induced displacementt
    This session will discuss the multiple streams underway to address displacement in its multiple dimensions (disaster, human rights, environment, migration) with a view to provide some policy and programming options for governments and other stakeholders.
  5. Scaling up DRR in fragile and humanitarian/development nexus contexts
    The session will highlight the important ways integrating risk reduction into the humanitarian programme cycle can help address underlying vulnerabilities in both recurrent and protracted crisis settings.
  6. Local action and resilience
    This session will aim to accelerate and improve efforts toward Target (e) of the Sendai Framework in the region. The session will suggest necessary actions by sharing good practices and lessons learnt from actual cases. 
  7. Data ecosystems
    The session would highlight innovations and good practices in collecting, managing, and sharing data in that ways that are meaningful for decision-makers, practitioners and at-risks communities. The would also review state-of-the art data infrastructure, analytics, and applications to capture and analyze climate, risk and disaster data.

    Special Event on Youth and Children

Partner events

Hosted by participating organisations, partner events will cover a series of topics that link to the 2020 APMCDRR theme – ‘Making a change: Accelerating the transformation to risk-informed development. Enabling local and inclusive disaster resilience’. Events will run parallel to the main sessions of the conference and be 60 minutes in duration.

Ignite stage

The Ignite Stage is a fast-paced, energetic and engaging platform where speakers will showcase important ideas, experiences and solutions for disaster risk reduction and resilience building.

Meet the speaker

Come and meet the speakers. Dive deeper into the concepts and issues explored, and discover future areas of action and collaboration.


The Marketplace will form the heart of the conference. It will be a place where we can meet, connect and collaborate with each other. With over 60 exhibitors, multiple meeting hubs, two speaker stages and an array of displays, it will be a hive of activity during the conference.

Learning Labs

A series of small Learning Labs will allow participants to share knowledge, experiences and facilitate peer-to-peer learning in a low pressure environment.

Stakeholder Consultations

You will have an opportunity to contribute to commitments through dedicated stakeholder consultations on the first day of the conference.