Opening Remark at the 6th Meeting of ACDM Working Group on Recovery and Simulation Exercise (SIMEX) for Preparedness for Recovery

Sep 15, 2016

The 6th Meeting of ACDM Working Group on Recovery and Simulation Exercise (SIMEX) for Preparedness for Recovery

Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, 15-16 September 2016

Your Excellency, U Henry Van Thio, Vice President and the Chairman of the National Disaster Management Committee (NDMC),the Republic of the Union of Myanmar,

Your Excellency Dr Win Myat Aye, Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement,

Your Excellency’s Ministry of Construction, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation,the Republic of the Union of Myanmar,

YourExcellencyHarmensyah, Deputy Minister for Rehabilitation and Reconstruction, BNPB- National Disaster Management Agency, Government of Indonesia,

Members of the Parliament,

Delegates from ASEAN Member States and ASEAN Secretariat,

Senior Officials from the Union and State Governments,

Representatives from Development Partners,

Distinguished Guests, ladies and gentlemen,

A very good morning to you all. Mingalarbar.

It is a great honor for me to address the“6th Meeting of the ACDM Working Group on Recovery held back to back with the Simulation Exercise (SIMEX) on Preparedness for Recovery today in Nay Pyi Taw.

UNDP is very pleased to be the co-organizer of the Simulation Exercise on Preparedness for Recovery which aims to familiarize and explain how to apply the ASEAN Disaster Recovery Reference Guidethat was approved by the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Managementin April this year in Indonesia.

Excellency’s, Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,

The ASEAN is one of the world’s most dynamic, fastest-developing economic regions with a population of 622 million and a combined GDP of US$2.5 trillion.With the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) taking shape, the journey to closer economic cooperation is creating even more opportunities for growth and prosperity. However, the ASEAN region has high exposure to a wide range of disaster risks such as earthquakes, floods, typhoons and tsunamis, and has experienced some of most devastating disaster events in the world such as the Indian Ocean tsunami, Cyclone Nargisand Typhoon Haiyan affecting a 100 million people in the last decade.  It is estimated that on an average the region experiences disaster losses of US$ 4.4 billion every year.

Rapid and unplanned urbanization, changes in economic structures, globalization and climate change are further increasing the frequency, scale and complexity of disasters and their impacts in the ASEAN region. Many of these disaster events transcend national borders, having knock on effects across countries in the region, thus calling for regional cooperation.

The call for regional and global cooperation is evident in the endorsement of historic agreements in 2015: the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Sustainable Development Goals, and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change – all have elements for a transformative agenda to strengthen and build disaster resilience.

The ASEAN region is at the forefront, leading on tackling various complex issues through regional cooperation and with the spirit of “One Vision, One Identity, One Community”.

The enactment of the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (AADMER) provides an overarching comprehensive, legally binding framework for disaster management in the region. The commitment and the efforts of the ASEAN Member States through the implementation of the AADMER Work Programme is an excellent example in building regional cooperation.

Excellency’s, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,

UNDP has been a long-term partner of countries including the ASEAN Member States in building resilience and reducing disaster risk. UNDP has vast experience in post disaster recovery and can bring together learning from recovery practices to better prepare for recovery. Under the AADMER component on Recovery, UNDP has been supporting the development of the ASEAN Disaster Recovery Reference Guide to help countries better prepare for recovery so that it can be an opportunity to build resilience and contribute to sustainable development.

Through the ASEAN-UN Joint Strategic Plan of Action on Disaster Management, UNDP along with its partners will support the implementation of AADMER Work Programme (2016-2020) and in particular leading the “Priority Programme 7: Recover”. This event is a first step in towards the objective of “Capacitate ASEAN to undertake swift recovery that is locally-driven and with sufficient resources”.

Excellency’s, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,

By taking this opportunity, I would like to thank Your Excellency, Vice President and the Chairman of the National Disaster Management Committee, Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, Government of Myanmar, BNPB, Government of Indonesia and the ASEAN Secretariat and look forward to strengthening our partnership at the regional and country level.  

I wish all of you a very fruitful discussion and a successful event.

Thank you.

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