On 27 November, they adopted the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (AADMER) Work Programme 2021-2025.
The AADMER work programme aims to build on the progress and develop a region of resilient nations that are coordinated in mitigating the effects of disasters in pursuit of safer communities and sustainable development.
The new work programme was endorsed during the 8th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Disaster Management (AMMDM) and the 9th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the AADMER. .
"ASEAN’s transformation into a region that is resilient and adaptive to all forms of disasters must be carried out through a multi-hazards approach in disaster management," said Secretary-General of ASEAN Dato Lim Jock Hoi ina press release on Monday.
Dato Lim also strongly urged the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM) to plant the seeds of collaboration with all stakeholders and nurture these relationships towards a common goal of reducing disaster losses and building a disaster-resilient ASEAN.
ASEAN countries often experience a host of disasters ranging from earthquakes, floods, landslides and typhoons, as well as human-induced disasters. The wide geographic stretch of incidences and increasing frequency of disasters require ASEAN communities to enhance their readiness and emergency response capacity.
The AADMER work programme received support from the Japanese and Canadian governments, as well as the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.
Various government ministries and agencies from ASEAN Member States (AMS), along with development partners, conducted virtual consultations in finalising the work programme.
At the meeting, ministers also provided guidance on enhancing cooperation with other ASEAN sectoral ministerial bodies and ASEAN-related mechanisms to ensure synergy of efforts in areas related to disaster management.
They commended the progress reports presented by the Under-Secretary of National Defense of the Philippines Ricardo Jalad, Chair of ACDM and member of the Governing Board of the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre), on the deliverables and achievements under the Philippines’ Chairmanship in 2020.