Hosted by the Australian Government and convened by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), the 2022 Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (APMCDRR) will be held in Brisbane, Australia from 19 – 22 September.
Expected to attract up to 3,000 delegates from more than 40 countries, the APMCDRR is one of the most important gatherings in the Asia-Pacific to progress disaster risk reduction efforts. Participants include ministers, government officials, representatives of the private sector, not-for-profits, civil society, and vulnerable groups.
APMCDRR will follow the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR) in May, to be hosted by Indonesia in Bali. The conference will have strong links to the outcomes of the global forum and will focus these outcomes on the Asia-Pacific region.
The theme for the conference is ‘From Crisis to Resilience: Transforming the Asia-Pacific Region’s future through disaster risk reduction.’
As the Asia-Pacific is the most disaster-prone region in the world, the conference provides an important opportunity to review efforts to prevent new and reduce existing risks, and for countries and organisations to make actionable commitments against the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030. This is particularly relevant as the APMCDRR will occur during the Midterm Review of the Sendai Framework, which provides countries with an opportunity to assess where action must be accelerated.
A key outcome of the APMCDRR will be the release of the Brisbane Declaration, which will confirm the region’s commitment to meeting the goal of achieving the Sendai Framework by 2030.
Hosting this conference will provide an opportunity to share Australian experiences as well as learn from our neighbours who face similar challenges, increasing our collective understanding of disaster risks. Working together will help us to save lives, minimise economic loss and ensure no one is left behind during a disaster.
Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) aims to reduce the damage caused by hazards like earthquakes, floods, droughts and cyclones, through a practice of prevention. How we grow our food, where and how we build our homes, how we invest, and even what we teach in schools - each decision and action can make us more vulnerable to disasters or more resilient to them.
DRR includes disaster prevention, mitigation, preparedness and recovery. DRR is also a key part of sustainable development. In order for development activities to be sustainable they must be risk-informed. In other words, development should not lead to the creation of new risks, but reduce existing ones. This impacts every part of society, every level of government, and all sectors.