From Crisis to Resilience: Transforming the Asia-Pacific Region’s future through disaster risk reduction

The overall theme of the Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, From Crisis to Resilience: Transforming the Asia-Pacific Region’s future through disaster risk reduction, will focus on capturing and sharing lessons learned to reduce the risk of disasters across the Asia-Pacific.

With the Asia-Pacific as the most disaster-prone region in the world, the conference provides an important opportunity to review risk reduction efforts, share and learn about innovative and practical solutions, and for countries and organisations to make actionable commitments against the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030.

Pillars

APMCDRR sessions are organised around three main pillars and three cross-cutting themes, which inform the content of the program.

INVESTING IN RESILIENCE AND PREPAREDNESS


The compounding impacts of disasters – such as the effects of climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic – have highlighted the importance of systemic risk-informed investment decisions, and the need to further consider the role of financial investment in both mitigating crises and reducing their impact.

Governments, at both the national and local levels, play a key role – including in economic planning and establishing social protection systems to enhance the resilience of affected communities. However, the private sector and communities themselves are critical too. Pillar One explores the roles of various actors in shaping and driving change in financial systems to reduce disaster risk.

 

SHOCK-PROOFED INFRASTRUCTURE AND SYSTEMS


There is a need to ensure that new and existing infrastructure enables communities and economies to prosper in the face of future challenges.

Given rapid urbanisation, cities and urban areas of all sizes and economic characteristics must embrace technology and make risk-informed infrastructure decisions to support essential social services. Resilient and inclusive infrastructure relies on interconnected systems; and the people that operate and maintain it. Planning and regulatory standards can build resilience in highly dynamic and uncertain environments. Strong leadership and governance at national, sub-national and local levels are required for infrastructure planning and recovery.

 

RESILIENT COMMUNITIES


Communities are often unprepared for multiple and cascading events, including those driven by climate, conflict and health security.

Disasters affect people differently and exacerbate pre-existing inequalities. To build resilience at the community level, there is a need to better link indigenous knowledge, technology, scientific evidence, planning, decision-making and communication in an all-of-society approach. Local actors are the first responders when a disaster occurs. An inclusive and accessible approach to building resilience, that connects leadership, innovation and expertise at the community level, is vital to ensure no one is left behind.

Cross-cutting themes

LOCALISATION


Disaster risk plans must be informed by local knowledge and expertise. Government and civil society actors must have the tools they need to lead the recovery of their own communities. Emphasis will be placed on showcasing how local and indigenous knowledge in disaster risk reduction planning can improve outcomes and build inclusive resilience.
 

INCLUSION


Including women and girls, persons with disabilities, young and aged people and other marginalized groups in disaster risk reduction planning is essential for resilience.

Harnessing these voices and capabilities as first responders, agents of change and leaders in disaster risk reduction will transform resilience at all levels. The conference will investigate how to implement inclusive disaster risk reduction through highlighting and mainstreaming inclusive approaches.
 

SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND KNOWLEDGE


Key to supporting disaster prevention, preparedness and recovery is developing innovative initiatives and harnessing existing knowledge of local communities, including Indigenous expertise.

Scientists and technology end-users, such as local and indigenous communities, will share evidence on how science and technology has increased community understanding and risk communications, along with enhanced capacity for early warning and action.