Asia-Pacific: Regional Partnerships (June 2015)

Regional Partnerships

The Asia-Pacific region contains a diverse array of cultures, environments, and societies. One of the fastest growing economic regions in the world, it is also the most disaster-prone. While natural disasters affect the region frequently, as this region continues along its path of development, regional partnerships will be essential in developing the capacities of countries to reduce risk and vulnerability and to respond to disasters.

The changing environment and particularly the growing capacity of middle-income countries in Asia and the Pacific mean that ensuring the effective coordination with communities, national/local authorities, regional organizations are a core part of OCHA’s response.

Regional intergovernmental organizations include the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN),
South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).

OCHA coordinates the ASEAN-UN Strategic Plan of Action on Disaster Management and works closely with the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre).

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