JAKARTA, May 25, 2022 – The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have signed the Memorandum of Understanding between ASEAN and IFRC to strengthen resilience the community in Southeast Asia.
The MoU sets out the scope and key areas of cooperation between the IFRC and ASEAN on matters of mutual interest to strengthen community resilience at the regional, national and local levels in the ASEAN region. It covers areas such as: Disaster Management, Disaster Preparedness, Disaster Law, Emergency Health, Disaster Relief and Response, Gender, Youth and Climate Change.
It also marks a significant milestone in ASEAN’s long-standing collaboration with the IFRC, which has assisted the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM) in implementing the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (AADMER) and its work programs.
The MoU was presented by Mr. Dato Lim Jock Hoi, Secretary General of ASEAN, and Mr. Jagan Chapagain, Secretary General of IFRC, on the sidelines of the Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR) in Bali, Indonesia, in the presence of the representatives of the ACDM and the Southeast Asian representatives the National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
At the signing ceremony, both sides expressed their appreciation for the progress of cooperation between ASEAN and IFRC. In recognition of their mutually beneficial role in building a disaster-resilient ASEAN community, both ASEAN and the IFRC look forward to implementing the MOU through joint projects in the AADMER work program 2021-2025.
In his remarks, Mr. Dato Lim emphasized, “With the increasing frequency and intensity of climate-related disasters due to climate change in one of the world’s most disaster-prone regions, coupled with an increasingly complex humanitarian landscape, we must build strategic partnerships to build our resilience as an ASEAN community to strengthen.”
Meanwhile, in his remarks, Mr. Chapagain said: “Through this partnership, our common goal is to put communities in Southeast Asia at the forefront by building individual and community capacities that help reduce humanitarian needs and reduce loss and damage to avert the climate crisis. ”
ASEAN member states are in one of the most disaster-prone regions in the world ranging from earthquakes, floods, landslides and typhoons. The wide geographical spread of the incidents and the increasing frequency and intensity of disasters due to climate change require ASEAN to improve the region’s preparedness and emergency response capacity.
Finally, on the occasion of the GPDRR 2022, both sides expressed their commitment to support the theme of the GPDRR 2022, namely Risk to Resilience: Towards Sustainable Development for All in a Covid-19 Transformed World and the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.
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For more information on disaster management in ASEAN, see the AADMER paper