On behalf of the ASEAN Ministers in charge of Disaster Management, it is my pleasure to convey our highest appreciation to His Excellency Ban Ki-moon for convening the World Humanitarian Summit. The Summit has come at an auspicious time when our world, and our people, have seen and felt much suffering from natural and human-induced disasters. We appreciate and commend the initiative to build global consensus through concrete commitments to the Agenda for Humanity.

ASEAN’s unity in addressing disasters is embodied in the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response or AADMER. As a legally-binding regional agreement, AADMER has been the bedrock of our cooperation and collaboration on responding to natural disasters in the region as well as building the resilience of our peoples and communities.

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