Ha Noi, 30 October 2010

WE, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United Nations (UN) on the occasion of the 3rd ASEAN-UN Summit in Ha Noi, Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, on 30 October 2010;

RECOGNISING the growing impact of natural disasters and the need to address the effects of such disasters has led ASEAN to strengthen its disaster management strategies in the region, including strategies for disaster risk reduction, preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery;

RECALLING the Declaration on Action to Strengthen Emergency Relief, Rehabilitation, Reconstruction and Prevention in the Aftermath of the Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster of 26 December 2004, adopted at the Special ASEAN Leaders’ Meeting on the Aftermath of Earthquake and Tsunami held in Jakarta on 6 January 2005;

RECALLING ALSO the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (AADMER) which was fully ratified by its Member States and came into force on 24 December 2009;

ADHERING to the objective of AADMER which is to provide effective mechanisms to achieve substantial reduction of disaster losses in lives and in the social, economic and environmental assets of the Parties, and to jointly respond to disaster emergencies through concerted national efforts and intensified regional and international cooperation;

RECALLING ALSO the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 46/182 of 19 December 1991 which recognizes the need to strengthen and make more effective the collective efforts to provide humanitarian assistance; the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 57/152 of 3 March 2003 which, among others, encourages the strengthening of co-operation among States and with the United Nations and regional organizations in building capacities at all levels, and to predict, prepare for and respond to natural disasters; the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 59/279 of 19 January 2005 to strengthen emergency relief, rehabilitation, reconstruction and prevention in the aftermath of the Indian Ocean tsunami disaster;

the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC)’s guidance of 24 November 2006 on using the cluster approach to strengthen humanitarian response;

RECALLING ALSO the Hyogo Declaration and the Hyogo Framework for Action set out by the World Conference on Disaster Reduction in January 2005 which aim to build the resilience of nations and communities to disasters and, among others, stress the need to strengthen and, when necessary, develop co-ordinated regional approaches, and create or upgrade regional policies, operational mechanisms, plans and communication systems to prepare for and ensure rapid and effective disaster response in situations that exceed national coping capacities;

UNDERLINING the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 61/46 of 19 December 2006 on Cooperation between the United Nations and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, and the ASEAN-United Nations Memorandum of Understanding of 27 September 2007;

NOTING the successful collaboration between ASEAN and the United Nations in responding to Cyclone Nargis which impacted the Union of Myanmar in 2008 has reinforced the need to deepen cooperation between the two entities;

AND BELIEVING that greater and closer collaboration between the ASEAN disaster management mechanism and that of the United Nations will build disaster-resilient nations and safer communities in the region;

WE HEREBY DECLARE as follows:

1. The ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM) and the United Nations Regional Coordinating Mechanism (UN-RCM) and other established UN mechanisms for coordination of disasters shall jointly prepare the ASEAN-United Nations Strategic Plan of Cooperation on Disaster Management (2011-2015);

2. The ASEAN-United Nations Strategic Plan of Cooperation on Disaster Management (2011-2015) shall address, among others, both operational issues and capacity-building issues prioritised in the AADMER Work Programme (2010-2015), including the establishment of the AHA Center;

3. The ASEAN-United Nations Strategic Plan of Cooperation on Disaster Management (2011-2015) covering, among others, risk and vulnerability assessment and risk reduction; preparedness, early warning and monitoring; prevention and mitigation; response and recovery; and aspects of reconstruction and development will be used as the guiding document for ASEAN-United Nations cooperation in disaster management in the region;

4. The ASEAN-United Nations Strategic Plan of Cooperation on Disaster Management (2011-2015) will take into account relevant experience and lessons learned from the successful collaboration between ASEAN and the United Nations following Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar, the past and ongoing cooperation between ASEAN and different United Nations agencies, as well as the current developments, regional trends and challenges within the region;

5. Implementation of the ASEAN-United Nations Strategic Plan of Cooperation on Disaster Management (2011-2015) shall be jointly reviewed by the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM), supported by the ASEAN Secretariat, and the United Nations Regional Coordinating Mechanism (UN-RCM) and other established UN mechanisms for coordination of disasters;

6. Overall progress of the implementation of the ASEAN-United Nations Strategic Plan of Cooperation on Disaster Management (2011-2015) shall be reported to the next ASEAN-United Nations Summit.

ADOPTED at the 3rd ASEAN-UN Summit on this Thirtieth Day of October in the Year Two Thousand and Ten in Ha Noi, the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam.

Source: http://asean2010.vn/asean_en/news/48/2DAA08/Joint-Declaration-on-ASEAN-UN-Collaboration-in-Disaster-Management