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This booklet features a collection of stories that reflects the widespread work of ADPC across Asia and the Pacific and beyond. It not only showcases ADPC's extensive work to achieve its vision of safer communities and sustainable development through disaster risk reduction but also governments' commitment, partners' support, and the courage of people in disaster-prone nations.
This brochure is the sixth compilation of good practices on integrating gender into humanitarian action in the Asia-Pacific region, developed on behalf of the Regional Network Working Group on Gender in Humanitarian Action. It highlights examples that support equal treatment of all before, during and after disasters, including on LGBTIQ+ rights and inclusion, the inclusion of diverse gender identities and sexual orientations in Fiji, and the transgender community in Pakistan.
Over 200 state of the art research papers would be shared
Bangkok, Thailand – Over 300 international and Thai academics, practitioners, professionals, and policymakers are all set to participate in the *7th International Conference on Building Resilience to be held in Bangkok from 27-29 *November.
This publication provides the detailed description of the proceedings of the 13th Regional Consultative Committee (RCC) on Disaster Management that took place in Islamabad, Pakistan from 17-19 October 2016. The value addition of the RCC lies in its capacity to support the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR), and the delegates of the 13th RCC meeting affirmed the endorsements of its mechanisms.
Bangkok, Thailand: Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) is to launch Asian Preparedness Partnership (APP): an inter-agency platform of National Disaster Management Organizations, civil society networks, and the private sector from six most disaster-prone Asian countries. The APP aims to promote regional cooperation and to strengthen preparedness for response & recovery at local levels.
Women’s Leadership in Humanitarian Action Gender inequalities constrain the influence and control that women and girls have over their own lives. Disasters and crises tend to exacerbate pre-existing gender-based discrimination, inequalities, and violence. As a consequence, women and girls are disproportionally impacted before, during, and after disasters. However, in the Asia Pacific region, evidence has shown that women and girls are among the first responders to a crisis and play crucial roles in building resilience of families and communities.
The Report on the 3rd Regional Conference on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergencies in Asia. The conference was organized by Asian Disaster Preparedness Center in collaboration with the Center for Crisis Psychology of Norway and Thammasat University's School of Global Studies in Thailand with support from the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Mainstreaming Gender Equality into Humanitarian Action
This report reflects the perspectives of individual practitioners who attended the 8th Practitioner Workshop in Bangkok during 23-25 November 2015 . The publication offers solutions to issues, problems and challenges regarding community resilience, expanding preparedness for response and innovation and risk-informed development (pp. 55-67).
The central points ermerging from the discussions are the following:
This publication offers concrete examples and gender perspectives that can be successfully included in interventions before, during and after disasters. Although natural disasters do not discriminate, their impacts are far from gender-neutral. The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction stresses the need to integrate gender perspectives in all disaster-related policies and practices, as well as to promote women's leardership at all levels of society.
2015 at a glance: A year of milestones
2015 marked the beginning of a new era in disaster risk reduction and sustainable development. ADPC embraced the new Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction while continuing to build resilience side by side with the Asia-Pacific countries.
Statistics show that women are disproportionately negatively affected by disasters. As an example, the devastating Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2004 took the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in Asia, and over 70 percent of the victims were women. Women are often posed at risk when social and cultural norms limit their mobility – according to some studies, women are 14 times more likely to die during a disaster than men.
Bangkok, Thailand – Natural disasters touch the lives of over 163 million people in Asia each year, severely affecting individuals, families, communities and the society. Emergencies erode support networks and amplify pre-existing problems such as injustice and inequality. Disasters together with uncertainty about the future often cause psychosocial and mental health problems to affected populations, especially in low-income countries with limited access to support services.
Bangkok, Thailand – The increasing intensity and frequency of cyclones, flooding and drought have severely impacted the environment, livelihoods and food security in Asia-Pacific. Extreme weather events and other natural disasters in the region affect more than 163 million people and cause economic losses worth of 23 billion USD each year. Governments and experts in disaster risk reduction from 13 countries gather this week in Bangkok ahead of the Paris UN climate conference to identify ways for enhancing resilience to climate-induced disasters in the region.
BANGKOK, August 31, 2015 — The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) today launched “SERVIR-Mekong,” a project to promote the use of satellite imagery to help Asia’s Lower Mekong region better predict and cope with floods and other natural disasters and increase resilience to the negative effects of climate change.
Thirteen Asian nations have agreed to closely collaborate in tackling the increasing risks caused by natural hazards, many of them triggered by the changing climate.
Ten years have passed since the Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami of December 2004. With a view to gathering, learning and sharing from experiences of the 2004 earthquake and tsunami, and other disasters in the region that occurred between 1993 and 2013, the Tsunami Global Lessons Learned Project (TGLLP) was created. The project sought to deliver three principle outcomes: a global lessons learned study, a Discovery Channel documentary tracking the recovery, and a disaster recovery toolkit for recovery practitioners.
A regional workshop with more than 120 representatives from around the Asian region calls for gender-inclusive disaster risk management. Held in Manila on 24 - 25 November, the workshop brought together gender and disaster risk management experts from Thailand, Philippines, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Vietnam, among other countries.
One year on from Typhoon Yolanda, Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) and Wilton Park will organize a workshop on Disaster prevention, preparedness and response in South and Southeast Asia: maximizing a gender-inclusive approach on 24−25 November.
Over 120 gender experts and disaster risk reduction practitioners from across the region, including the Philippines, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Myanmar, Pakistan, and Vietnam, will come together to discuss how to make disaster risk management more gender-inclusive.