Consultative Meeting on Way Forward for Asian Preparedness Partnership & 3rd APP Regional Steering Committee Meeting
The Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) with support from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) has been implementing the program on ‘Strengthening Capacity of Government, Local Humanitarian Organizations and the Private Sector on Preparedness for Response in Asia' since August 2016 in order to improve the capacity of local humanitarian actors to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters in Cambodia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Under the program, the ‘Asian Preparedness Partnership’ (APP) was formed with representation from the Government, Local Humanitarian Networks and Private Sector Networks from the six program countries. The APP strives to improve the interface and partnership between Government, Local Humanitarian Organizations and the Private Sector for enhancing capacities through partnerships, knowledge resources and south-south exchange, training, and networking opportunities.
Since the launch of APP in August 2017, the regional and the national partnerships have come a long way in bringing together the stakeholders on one platform for improving the coordination, knowledge exchange and building the capacity of the local humanitarian stakeholders on preparedness for response. During this mobilization phase of the APP, there have been significant milestones which have enthused the partnerships established. There also have been pertinent challenges. Therefore, at this crucial juncture APP, it is essential that we take stock of the past and pave the way for future focusing on the path forward including the challenges and the opportunities that we preempt. The consultative meeting on ‘Way forward for App’ during the morning session will focus on furthering the localization processes and seeking coherence in implementing Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR), Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the core commitments of the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) at the national and local level.
The opportunity also exists for the APP to take their voice forward and contribute to the 14th Regional Consultative Committee, organized by ADPC from 3-5 December in Kathmandu, Nepal which will give an opportunity to share best practices and lessons learnt in vertical and horizontal policy and program coordination, provide practical suggestions and recommendations to enhance coherence of global frameworks, and to guide ADPC to further support RCC member countries in achieving the target E (to increase the number of countries with national and local DRR strategies by 2020) of the Sendai Framework in the regional context.
The APP is guided by the APP Regional Steering Committee (APPRSC) to promote partnerships and regional cooperation between the selected countries and constitutes of 18 members representing six countries (one from Government, one from Local Humanitarian Networks and one from the private sector networks from each country) who represent the National Preparedness Partnerships in each country. During the 2nd APPRSC meeting on 25th April 2018 in Bangkok, it was decided that conducting APPRSC alongside a special learning event will enable the stakeholders to capitalize on the knowledge gained. The ‘Innovations Forum for Safer Asia’ on 1st December will provide such an opportunity. The 14th RCC, which will follow the 3rd APPRSC will also contribute to south-south learning and knowledge sharing as well as provide a platform for regional networking for the APPRSC members.
As mentioned above, the overall objective for the consultative meeting on ‘Way forward for APP’ during the morning session will be stock-taking of the past and deliberating on a way forward, building on from the mobilization phase of the APP in order to further the localization processes and seek coherence in implementing SFDRR, SDGs and the core commitments of the WHS at the national and local level.
APPRSC is the consensus building body/ decision-making body at the regional level with main functions regarding regional cooperation, knowledge management, regional exchange and regional consultations.
In view of this, the main objectives for the Consultative Meeting in the morning and 3rd APPRSC in the afternoon are proposed as:
- To update on the successes and challenges of the National Preparedness Partnerships established and the progress of implementation of the activities; and
- To take stock of the significant attainments of APP and discuss the path forward for aligning it to the global frameworks in promoting the localization agenda.