Fifth Regional Meeting of the Asian Preparedness Partnership
Asian Preparedness Partnership was launched in August 2017, with representation from the Government, Local Humanitarian Networks and the Private Sector in Cambodia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, and Sri Lanka. The APP strives to improve the interface and partnerships between Governments, Local Humanitarian Organizations and the Private Sector for enhancing locally-led disaster risk management actions. APP builds the disaster preparedness capacities of local actors through improved coordination mechanisms, training and capacity development, knowledge resources, south-south learning and knowledge exchange. Since its inception in 2017, APP has mobilized key humanitarian actors, mainly the governments, civil society organizations, the private sector, academia and media in each country to establish and operationalize the National Preparedness Partnerships, while gaining wider recognition as a multi-sectoral platform to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters. At the same time, by working with multiple partners, APP has also leveraged and mobilized resources for continuation and expansion of APP and its interventions through local resources and national budgets, while securing external technical assistance from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID/Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).
APP is guided by the APP Regional Steering Committee (APPRSC), supported by ADPC as its secretariat, to promote regional cooperation between the countries and accelerate locally-led actions (localization) for disaster risk management. Myanmar Preparedness Partnership (MPP), the national chapter of APP in Myanmar, took over the role of the Co-Chairs of the APPRSC for the year 2019 and is co-hosting the 5th regional meeting of the APP, under the guidance of the Department of Disaster Management (DDM), Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief & Resettlement, Government of Union of Myanmar.
As APP moves into 2020, recognizing the priorities and targets of Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR 2015-2030), the Paris Agreement, and core recommendations and calls for “localization” at the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS - 2015), it is important to take stock of achievements and lessons learned in strengthening the locally-led actions towards transforming the humanitarian ecosystem in APP countries. The 5th APP regional meeting will allow the countries to critically review the current progress and further discuss the scaling up and scaling out strategies of APP at the local, regional and global levels.
The objectives of 5th Regional Meeting of the APP are to:
o reflect and take stock of the key achievements and lessons learned from the National Preparedness Partnerships and the evaluation exercise for APP 2016-19;
o discuss ‘Theory of Change’ for APP 2019-22 and identify strategic actions for synergizing and amplifying locally-led actions to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters at the country level; and
o discuss the way forward for consolidation and scaling up of APP at the national, regional and global levels.
The schedule for the two-day event constitutes of six technical sessions. The inaugural session is organized under the patronage of H.E. Dr. Win Myat Aye, Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, Government of Union of Myanmar.
Ms. Shalini Sharma Kanwar
Project Manager, ADPC