Location: Islamabad, Pakistan
Dates: October 17-19, 2016
Graced by: H.E. Mr. Ahsan Iqbal, Minister of Planning, National Reforms, and Development of Pakistan; and H.E. Mr. Zahid Hamid, Minister for Climate Change of Pakistan
Co-Hosted by: The National Disaster Management Agency of Pakistan (NDMA)
Member countries in attendance: Afghanistan, Bhutan, China, Indonesia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam
The overarching theme for the 13th meeting was “Operationalizing Global Frameworks for Risk-Resilient Development in Asia”.
As a follow up to the post-2015 agenda, and the 12th RCC meeting held in Thimphu, Bhutan in 2015, the objectives of the 13th RCC meeting are to:
1. Discuss the progress made by RCC member countries in implementing the Sendai Framework in its first year including challenges, opportunities, ang gaps;
2. Discuss how other post-2015 agenda frameworks can assist in the disaster risk management of RCC member countries
3. Share new science-based solutions, technology and innovative practices for managing disaster risk and adapting to the impacts of climate change
4. Establish synergies with regional initiatives such as the Heart of Asia mechanism, SAARC, and ASEAN to improve regional cooperation in disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and sustainable development at the national and local level.
The meeting focused on four sub-themes, the first analyzing the Sendai Framework and member countries’ current experiences in implementing it. The second will unpack the other agreements and frameworks to see how they relate to disaster risk management and how they can assist in creating risk-resilient development. The third sub-theme will highlight how to operationalize the post 2015 agenda through partnerships and specific innovative tools. The fourth and final sub-theme will endeavor to bring synergy among various regional initiatives to strengthen and build capacities in disaster management and climate change adaptation collectively at a regional scale. The findings from the meeting shall feed into the AMCDRR, assisting countries in their understanding of the post-2015 agenda and implementation of disaster risk management.
The 13th RCC provided a platform for delegates to exchange views, review challenges, and deliberated opportunities for solutions with respect to the operationalization of global frameworks for resilient development in the Asia-Pacific region. As a result of the meeting, RCC delegates are determined to further facilitate the RCC countries to strive towards attaining resilient development through the following:
i. Identifying the needs and programme activities under SFDRR’s priority areas
ii. Intensifying the development of climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies
iii. Deriving from the broader context of the SDGs the approaches and practices pertaining to DRM
iv. Maintaining the RCC as a regional platform for the development and sharing of good practices, leveraging science, innovation and technology such as e-Resilience initiatives, as applicable to the different global frameworks
v. Support the RCC countries in developing synergies on Early Warning Systems from trans-boundary, national and subnational to community levels
vi. Facilitate the application of disaster data management including disaster related statistics, as appropriate to, as the basis for progress monitoring and result reporting of SFDRR implementation.
The RCC Secretariat greatfully acknowledges the kind support that the German Government has been providing in designing and organizing the RCC meetings since 2014 under the Global Initiative on Disaster Risk Management (GIDRM), and support from The Asia Foundation and Oxfam Pakistan for joining hands in organizing the 13th RCC meeting in Pakistan.