The ASEAN region is one of the most dynamic and fastest growing regions in the world, with a combined GDP of US$ 2.57 trillion. The region has witnessed some of the most devastating disaster events in recent years including the Indian Ocean Tsunami, 2004; Yogyakarta Earthquake, 2006; Cyclone Nargis, 2008; Thailand Floods, 2011; Cyclone Haiyan, 2013 and Bagan Earthquake, 2016. Despite such adversities, the spirit to make ASEAN a dynamic, resilient and cohesive regional association through the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community is stronger than ever before. The ASEAN Member States are committed to implement the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (AADMER), with the vision of building disaster resilient nations and safer communities.

Since the adoption of the AADMER work programme in July 2005, the ASEAN Member States have established strong regional cooperation to minimize disaster losses and respond collectively to disasters in the region. Priorities under the second phase of the AADMER work programme (2013-15) have contributed to the enhancement of an ASEAN mechanism for joint response, enabling policies and enhancing capacities to respond to disasters and help communities recover. These commitments are also embraced in the recently signed ASEAN Declaration at the ASEAN Summit in Vientiane on ONE ASEAN, ONE RESPONSE: ASEAN Responding to Disasters as One in The Region and Outside The Region.

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