BRISBANE TO HOST THE 2020 ASIA-PACIFIC MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE ON DISASTER RISK REDUCTION
5 April 2019
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Bangkok, 5 April 2019 - Australia will host the Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (APMCDRR), 23 to 26 June 2020 in Brisbane, in partnership with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.
Asia-Pacific is the most disaster-prone region in the world and includes seven of the ten countries with the highest number of disaster-related deaths in 2018. The region is facing growing disaster risk fuelled by rapid and unplanned urbanisation, climate change and growing inequality. Australia is also confronting disruption and devastation caused by drought, bushfires, cyclones and, most recently, flooding.
“Hosting this conference will provide an opportunity to share Australian experiences as well as learn from our neighbours who face similar challenges, increasing our collective understanding of disaster risks. Working together will help us to save lives, minimise economic loss and ensure no one is left behind during a disaster”, said Senator Marise Payne, Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs.