Overview of RCC
The Regional Consultative Committee on Disaster Management (RCC), established by Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) in 2000, serves as a non-binding mechanism for the development of actionable strategies for disaster risk reduction, to promote cooperative programs at regional and sub-regional levels and provide guidance to ADPC on its future work and strategies in Asia and the Pacific.
The RCC is represented by National Disaster Management Offices (NDMOs) from over 20 member countries, promoting peer advocacy and exchange of expertise in disaster risk management (DRM). The mechanism provides a platform for member countries and observers to exchange lessons and share best practices across various DRM disciplines. The RCC also ensures that there is a periodic platform for member countries to share information on regional needs, with the intention to systematically encourage and facilitate regional cooperation in DRM.
Since its inception, the RCC’s role has continued to expand to support countries in developing programs of wider application and encouraging more comprehensive program approaches within individual countries.
The annual meetings facilitate theme-specific discussions and implementation options through the member country’s perspective. The thematic foci are based on three factors: priorities/preference of the host country, existing regional and global priorities, and outcomes of regional and global DRR conferences and meetings. This approach ensures that deliberations are harmonized with the current DRR discourse and can be used to operationalize DRR activities across the RCC member countries.
In addition, the RCC has played a pivotal role in supporting the shaping and implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action in Asia from 2005 to 2015 and is continuing in this role for the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 (SFDRR) and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.