Yangon, Myanmar: The 5th regional meeting of the Asian Preparedness Partnership (APP) will be held in Myanmar on 2 – 3 December 2019. 

The APP meeting will bring high-level government officials and representatives of local humanitarian networks and the private sector from Cambodia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, and Sri Lanka to take stock of the key achievements and lessons learned from the National Preparedness Partnerships in each country. 

Supported by Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) as its secretariat, APP was formed in 2017 in collaboration with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as a platform for different stakeholders to improve local preparedness and emergency response to disasters in Asia. APP has mobilized key humanitarian actors, mainly the governments, civil society organizations, the private sector, academia and media and operationalized National Preparedness Partnerships in each country. At the regional level, the partnership is guided by the APP Regional Steering Committee (APPRSC). 

The 5th regional meeting will also discuss the ‘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. The discussions will eventually feed into the way forward for consolidation and scaling up of APP at the national, regional and global levels. 

The meeting will be co-hosted by ADPC and the Department of Disaster Management (DDM), Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief & Resettlement, Myanmar through Myanmar Preparedness Partnership (MPP)─the national chapter of APP in Myanmar that is also the current Co-Chair of the APPRSC.