AADMER serves as a common platform and regional policy backbone for disaster management in the ASEAN region. The AADMER Work Programme outlines a detailed structure of activities of the region’s disaster management priorities over five-year periods. The ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM) provides oversight to the implementation of the Work Programme and reports directly to the Ministers in charge of Disaster Management, who also serve as Conference of the Parties (COP). As the Governing Board of the AHA Centre, the ACDM provides further guidance to the AHA Centre, as the primary operational engine for AADMER.

Following the spirit of AADMER, the AADMER 2010-2015 Work Programme has contributed to the enhancement of effective mechanisms to achieve substantial reduction of disaster losses in lives and in the social, economic and environmental assets of ASEAN Member States, as well as jointly respond to disaster emergencies in the ASEAN region. In the five (5) years of its implementation, the AADMER 2010-2015 Work Programme laid the regional mechanisms for joint response and disaster risk reduction at the regional level. Another remarkable achievement of the work programme is the broad and far-reaching partnerships. Increased stakeholder support is demonstrated by the vast network of partners that have been established at various levels. Particularly, pioneering initiatives were implemented that institutionalised the engagement with the civil society organisations for example through ACDM’s partnership with the AADMER Partnership Group (APG).

The AADMER 2016-2020 Work Programme differs from the previous work programme in terms of having a more pronounced articulation of protecting the gains of ASEAN Community integration for the peoples and communities of ASEAN, and showcasing ASEAN’s leadership and experience. It continues to put the premium on the contribution to and ownership of ASEAN Member States of the initiatives embodied in the new work programme; and the significance of engaging multiple sectors and stakeholders while maintaining ASEAN Centrality to ensure policy and programme coherence.