The inaugural ASEAN Strategic Policy Dialogue on Disaster Management (SPDDM) was held on 2 November 2015 in Singapore. Following the Dialogue, ASEAN Secretariat developed the “ASEAN Vision 2025 on Disaster Management”, which charts the strategic direction for ASEAN in disaster management over the next decade. The vision was subsequently endorsed by the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Disaster Management (AMMDM) in December 2015 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. In view of its success, the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM) decided to organise the ASEAN SPDDM annually in Singapore, to continue to chart long term strategies for ACDM, sharpen ASEAN’s policy direction, strategic engagements and thought leadership in disaster management.

The annual SPDDM is co-organised by the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), ASEAN Secretariat and the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre). In 2016, the event was organised in partnership with the Corporate Citizen Foundation (CCF). Held on 19 August 2016, in conjunction with the World Humanitarian Day, the Dialogue focused on the engagement of the private sector in humanitarian response efforts, recognising the critical role played by the private sector in realising the vision of a disaster resilient One ASEAN Community, and its ability to support and contribute resources, skills, assets, and knowledge towards the realisation of One ASEAN One Response (OAOR) Declaration in enhancing the overall response of ASEAN. Following the 2016 SPDDM, the AHA Centre initiated several partnerships with the private sector, including Singapore’s Shaw Foundation and California-based Direct Relief.

The third ASEAN Strategic Policy Dialogue on Disaster Management (SPDDM) was held on 18 August 2017. The Dialogue reaffirmed the importance of partnership between ASEAN and UN Agencies in enhancing disaster management capabilities and resilience in the region through the theme ‘Collaboration between ASEAN and the United Nations in Disaster Management: Lessons as the Basis for Future Policy and Operational Engagement.’ One of the highlights of the dialogue was the finalisation of the inter-operability between the Secretary-General of ASEAN as the ASEAN Humanitarian Assistance Coordinator (AHAC) and the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC).