The ISDR Asia Partnership (IAP) meeting was held in Jakarta from 29th to 31st March, 2011. Interested civil society partners had been contacted before the meeting with a draft agenda and terms of reference of a “Civil Society Task Force under the IAP. Encouraged by the positive response, the first meeting of the Task Force was held on the sidelines of the IAP meeting where terms of reference and the immediate next steps were discussed. The finalised terms of reference were presented at the plenary on 30th March, 2011.
Rationale behind the Taskforce
The IAP is a platform that includes national governments, multilateral agencies, national and international NGOs, networks and other regional agencies working in Asia. This year, roughly mid-way through the HFA, we still have a long way to go in reaching its goals, particularly at the local level. Additionally, progress has been challenged by climate change impacts, conflict, catastrophic events and a lack of follow-through on political commitments.
A “civil society task force” can proactively engage with the IAP to facilitate and/or provide a mechanism to track commitments and identify gaps in progress. It is well positioned to raise the voice of communities at a regional and international level. The CSO Task Force will work within the IAP, as an inter-agency coordination mechanism to support the ISDR office. .
Main Objectives
  • To work as civil society regional constructive monitoring mechanism for progress made on commitments
  • To amplify views of at risk communities on emerging challenges in relation to DRR and CCA
  • Promote investments at local level in Asia to ensure effective and sustainable change
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A month after the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and the resulting tsunamis that hit Japan on 11th March, 2001 (14:46 JST), the death toll continues to rise. The numbers now exceed 13,000 – Japan’s greatest human loss since WWII – and are expected to reach up to 27,000
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An Official Statement made by H. E. Mr. Masayoshi Namiki, Vice-Minister for Disaster Management, Cabinet Office, Japan, at the second session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, June 2009.

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