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01.12.2013

The third session of the ESCAP Committee on Disaster Risk Reduction (CDRR 3)


​​The Coordinator and staff of Asia RCU attended the third session of the ESCAP Committee on Disaster Risk Reduction (CDRR 3), which was held at the headquarters of the Commission in Bangkok from 27-29 November 2013.

The session was attended by representatives from 21 members and associate members of ESCAP, UN funds and programmes, intergovernmental bodies and non- governmental organizations. Opening remarks were delivered by the UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary, ESCAP, the Deputy Minister of the Interior of the Royal Thai Government, the Deputy Minister of Defence and National Security and Head of the National Disaster Management Centre of Maldives, and the Director-General of the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology of Myanmar (the latter as part of the official handover ceremony of the Sittwe seismic station from ESCAP to Myanmar).
The Committee observed a minute of silence in memory of those who had lost their lives in the devastating Typhoon Haiyan in the Phillippines.
The main focus of discussions at CDRR 3 was on the implementation of Commission resolutions 69/11 on the Asia-Pacific Plan of Action for Applications of Space Technology and Geographic Information Systems for Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Development, 2012-2017, and 69/12 on Enhancing Regional Cooperation for Building Resilience to Disasters in Asia and the Pacific.
The Committee requested the ESCAP secretariat to assist member states in the integration of DRR and climate change adaptation into planning, finance and the work of relevant sectoral ministries through, among others, capacity development. The Committee recommended that the secretariat further strengthen its efforts in Central Asia, especially through broadening the coverage of the Regional Cooperative Mechanism for Drought Monitoring and Early Warning with the objective of enhancing the capacity of drought-prone countries for more efficient monitoring, early warning and drought mitigation.
The Committee also requested the secretariat to assist member states in using space-based information for supporting DRR, impact assessment and reconstruction through the Regional Space Applications Programme for Sustainable Development (RESAP).
It was also felt that the post-2015 agenda on DRR should address the specific needs and priorities of the least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and small island developing states.
Specially noteworthy was the Committee's request that ESCAP enhance collaboration with strategic partners in the UN system and related global/regional organizations in order to promote the synergistic impact of activities and to pool expertise and resources.


The following meetings were also held in conjunction with CDRR 3 and were attended by Asia RCU staff:
1. Intergovernmental Consultative Committee on the Regional Space Applications Programme for Sustainable Development (26-27 November);
2. High-level Decision Makers Meeting on Implementing the Asia-Pacific Plan of Action for Applications of Space Technology and the Geographic Information System for Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Development (27-28 November). Brief remarks were made by Asia RCU at this meeting, focussing on possible collaboration with ESCAP and other stakeholders in the implementation of Commission resolution 69/11.
3. Expert Group Meeting on Strategies towards Building Resilience to Disasters in Asia and the Pacific (26-28 November). The experts at this meeting recommended formulation of a regional action plan towards "evidence-based resilience" leading to the development of a core set of disaster statistics including baseline, historical loss and damage, and probabilistic risks.

 

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