5th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction: A preview

A man rides his bike on a flooded street in the Philippines. The country tops the list of most hit by natural disasters. Photo by: International Rice Research Institute / CC BY-NC-ND

More than a thousand high-level delegates from different sectors in Asia will convene Oct. 23 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, to tackle “strengthening local capacity for disaster risk reduction.”

The Fifth Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction aims to draft a next generation, multilevel strategy to succeed the first comprehensive agreement on the subject, the Hyogo Framework for Action. The post-HFA road map will span two years, build on the region’s relevant experience and integrate disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptability principles into national development planning.

Among the targeted outputs are the commitments of the different stakeholders in relation to the following themes:

  • Integration of local level disaster preparedness and climate resiliency initiatives into national development plans.

  • Local risk and finance assessment.

  • Local risk governance and partnership empowerment.

Central to the discussions in the conference is the 2011 Annual Disaster Statistical Review, which states that Asia is the continent most hit by natural disasters, with the Philippines as the country topping the list with 33 reported events last year. The region also accounts for $294 billion of the estimated $366 billion in economic losses due to disasters worldwide.

U.N.-appointed Global Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will open the event, which is co-organized by the U.N. International Strategy for Disaster Reduction and the Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management, according to a press release.

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