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Submitted to the Asia Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

Brisbane, Australia, 19-22 September 2022

Asia Pacific could and must lead the world to an era of shared prosperity by reducing disaster impacts, holding true to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 2030 call of “Leave no one behind”. In that regard, Asia-Pacific CSOs call the prioritization to the following concerns:
  1. In localization, ascertain that the shift of the responsibility and leadership to local actors is followed by shifts of power, funding, and other resources.
  2. Strengthen the comprehensive assistance programs to go beyond humanitarian aid to reduce disaster risks confronting vulnerable people including internally displaced persons (IDPs), migrants and refugees, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and others.
  3. Strengthen women’s leadership response to be a crucial driver towards achieving a more resilient community.
  4. Support gender and socially inclusive as well as context-sensitive, data-driven, easily accessible disaster scenario planning, risk assessments, and risk profiling that are multi-hazards, cross- sectors, and cross-borders.
  5. Sustain and broaden social protection as an approach to reduce disaster vulnerabilities and foster sustainable development
  6. Invest in the cross-border supply chain to establish relief response prepositioning in the country and transboundary agreements with greener and low carbon footprint solutions
  7. Push for inclusive ocean governance and stewardship of natural resources with people at the center of the Blue Economy Framework
  8. Promote research-orientated approaches to enforce scientific and local and indigenous knowledge coordination and utilize the epidemiological pattern of the Pandemic to better define a clear inclusive urban risk reduction agenda in order to achieve sustainability, scaling-up, and replicability.
  9. Promote solidarity, cooperation, collaboration, and shift power, expertise, and resources to global-based southern leadership with due acknowledgment and respect to local and indigenous leadership and ownership
  10. Recognise the critical role of the natural environment for communities, particularly local and indigenous communities, and the importance of environmental and nature-based approaches in DRR.

Read full statement here.

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