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.
The Asian Preparedness Partnership (APP) completes its first phase of implementation from 2016 – 19 in the six Asian countries of Cambodia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines and Sri Lanka. It is that time of the year when we get together with our partners to pause and reflect on our journey till now.
The country of Bhutan is prone to a range of disasters such as earthquakes, glacial lake outburst floods (GLOF), flash floods, windstorms, fires and landslides due to its geophysical location. With existing underlying vulnerabilities such as poor construction practices, rapid urbanization, environmental degradation as well as lack of preparedness, the risk of disasters is increasing exponentially.
The humanitarian architecture in Asia is still in its infancy stage, where the United Nations-led cluster system for humanitarian response is yet to be fully developed and implemented. This has resulted in duplication of efforts, limited access to humanitarian funds, lack of vertical and horizontal coordination, and a lack of leadership among local humanitarian agencies during mega disasters. The risk to communities in disaster prone areas is significantly higher due to elevated social vulnerabilities associated with the absence of institutional systems and mechanisms at local levels.
In 2018, there were 315 natural disaster events recorded with 11,804 deaths, over 68 million people affected, and US$131.7 billion1 in economic losses across the world. The burden was not shared equally as Asia suffered the highest impact and accounted for 45% of disaster events, 80% of deaths, and 76% of people affected.
Asian Preparedness Partnership (APP) is guided by the APP Regional Steering Committee (APPRSC) to improve the interface and partnership between the 6 countries in South Asia and South-east Asia.
Myanmar Preparedness Partnership (MPP) Delegation visit to ADPC Headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand
The Asian Preparedness Partnership (APP) works towards advancing south-south learning and cooperation in South and South-East Asia. The South-South learning facility established through this collaborative partnership provides an exceptional opportunity to document, learn and build on the expertise available in the region and promote intercountry knowledge and experience sharing events for disaster resilience.
Presenting the new and improved APP Brochure that will be showcased at the upcoming 4th APP Regional Steering Committee (APPRSC) Meeting on 14 May 2019 and UNISDR Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR) from 15-17 May 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland!
Innovation is an important aspect of adaptation which equips people with scientific information and technology. Limited not just to technology, innovation can take many forms such as new knowledge, changes in behavior and improved processes for finding solutions. Time and again, communities face repeated disasters, often coming up with local solutions to manage them. The worrying trends of increasing disasters, climate change and complex emergencies necessitate new ways of thinking and approaches towards DRM actions.