ISTANBUL, 24 May 2016 – At the closing of the World Humanitarian Summit, ASEAN Ministers responsible for disaster management expressed their commitment to support a UN-led agenda that aims to prevent and reduce humanitarian crises and suffering. In a joint statement adopted earlier at the informal ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Disaster Management, the ministers confirmed their support for national leadership and regional partnership as their main strategies to keep the resiliency of ASEAN.
The joint statement conveys the commitments and contributions of ASEAN to the UN Agenda for Humanity, based on the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (AADMER), the ASEAN Vision 2025 on Forging Ahead Together and the newly-adopted ASEAN Vision 2025 on Disaster Management. It outlines specific areas of cooperation to be pursued by ASEAN to address the core responsibilities mentioned in the agenda.
ASEAN Secretary-General Le Luong Minh said that “national leadership in responding to disasters and adopting a programmatic and inclusive approach to institutionalise resilience are a key element of ASEAN’s commitments to core responsibilities outlined in the Agenda for Humanity. But we also recognise the value of collaboration with other players which serves as the bedrock of ASEAN cooperation in times of natural and man-made disasters,” Secretary-General Minh added.
The ministers’ joint statement also spoke about ASEAN’s aspiration to be a world leader in disaster management by 2025. It says ASEAN aims to be a “global nexus for knowledge sharing and innovation exchange” and that the AHA Centre is envisioned “as the network coordinator of regional centres for excellence in disaster leadership and management that can facilitate knowledge creation, policy analysis and training for the next generation of practitioners.”
According to Mr. Willem Rampangilei, Minister/Chief of Indonesian National Disaster Management Authority and Chair of ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Disaster Management as well as the Conference of the Parties to AADMER, ASEAN is committed to realising a peaceful, stable and resilient community. “Through our strategy of One ASEAN One Response, we will mobilise greater resources and establish stronger coordination to ensure ASEAN’s collective response to disasters in ways that safeguard the humanity of our peoples,” the minister explained.
Meanwhile, Mr. Said Faisal, Executive Director of the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management said “the One ASEAN One Response vision is about ASEAN responding to disasters as one through national leadership and regional partnership. We believe this vision can be realised timely and will enable us to deliver a faster regional emergency response, with bigger scale of resources and inclusive solidarity under national leadership of the affected country.”
During the informal meeting of the ASEAN Ministers, they also discussed about the drought situation. “The urgency of the drought situation affecting the region necessitates concrete action by harnessing relevant ASEAN mechanisms, including those under the AADMER”, says Secretary-General Minh. The meeting agreed that a win-win approach grounded on the solidarity of ASEAN would facilitate the solution to the situation. In particular, an agreement was made to undertake a thorough study on the drought situation to come up with key recommendations, which encompass both preventive measures and actions to mitigate the current situation.
World leaders and representatives from governments, international organisations, local communities, private sector, aid organisations and funding institutions gathered in Istanbul on May 23 to 24 to attend the World Humanitarian Summit convened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon.
The informal ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Disaster Management was attended by Ministers in charge of disaster management or their representatives from Indonesia, Malaysia, Lao PDR, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand; the Secretary-General of ASEAN; the Executive Director of AHA Centre; and ASEAN Secretariat. The meeting was chaired by Minister Rampangilei of Indonesia.
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