Promoting and supporting implementation of AADMER discussed

posted Dec 2, 2013, 4:14 AM by Danang Beach   [ updated Dec 2, 2013, 4:39 AM ]
A meeting about promoting and supporting the implementation of the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (AADMER) took place in Da Nang on Thursday.  The event was attended by representatives from 35 countries worldwide and from the International Red Cross and Red Crescent, the Asian Pacific Disaster Management Centre, the Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre and the United Nations.

The meeting reported that ASEAN members have gained valuable lessons after the devastation left by typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.  It also stressed the need for regional countries to create strength through membership unity and to mobilise all their forces under the control of the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management and the ASEAN Secretariat.  In addition, the focus will be on further enhancing the dialogue among member countries and their partners both in the region and around the world.  This will help to set up effective coordination among involved nations and organisations in order to cope with any disaster which might occur in a regional country.

Tacloban City’s Leyte Island in the Philippines after storm Haiyan

AADMER has been ratified by all 10 member countries and came into force on 24 December 2009.  The implementation of AADMER’s 1st stage brought positive results.  In the 2nd stage, regional countries have pledged to enhance their capacities in disaster management, such as early warnings, assessments of possible risks, preparedness, mitigation and recovery.

The event’s organisers took the opportunity to appeal for ASEAN members and their partners to continue providing assistance to victims affected by the recent disasters which had devastated some countries in the region.
(Source: Danang Today)