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Co-chairs' statement: Asia-Pacific ministerial conference on disaster risk reduction

September 2022
Asia Pacific

The Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (APMCDRR) is one of the most important gatherings in the Asia-Pacific to progress disaster risk reduction efforts. Participants include ministers, government officials, representatives of the private sector, not-for-profits, civil society, and vulnerable groups.

APMCDRR follows the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR), which was hosted by Indonesia in May this year. The conference will have strong links to the outcomes of the global forum and will focus these outcomes on the Asia-Pacific region.

APMCDRR outcomes will comprise:

  • a short Co-Chairs’ Statement issued by Australia and the UNDRR. The Statement will capture the Co-Chairs’ key takeaways from the APMCDRR.
  • a report summarising the key insights emerging from the sessions. The report will be delivered in the weeks following the Conference and will form a critical regional input for the Sendai Framework Midterm Review.

The theme for the conference is ‘From Crisis to Resilience: Transforming the Asia-Pacific Region’s future through disaster risk reduction.’

As the Asia-Pacific is the most disaster-prone region in the world, the conference provides an important opportunity to review efforts to prevent new and reduce existing risks, and for countries and organisations to make actionable commitments against the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030. This is particularly relevant as the APMCDRR will occur during the Midterm Review of the Sendai Framework, which provides countries with an opportunity to assess where action must be accelerated.