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4th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction
Incheon, Republic of Korea October 25~28, 2010

Disaster Risk Reduction for Climate Change Adaptation
- Convergence and Technology -

Organized by:
National Emergency Management Agency Government of Republic of Korea With the support of Incheon Metropolitan City, UNISDR, and Conference Partners

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and other stakeholders including the civil society. The First Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. adopted the Beijing Action for Disaster Risk Reduction to promote the newly-adopted HFA and to seek Asian Governments' commitment and actions to implement disaster risk reduction. organized by the Government of China (Beijing.for the Review of IAP members Apr. The Second Conference (New Delhi. regional and sub-regional organizations. the Third Ministerial Conference was successfully convened by the Government of Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur. the private sector and the media. scientific and technical organizations.” with a particular focus on Public Private Partnership for Disaster Risk Reduction and community-based disaster risk reduction activities. organized every two years since 2005 at Asian Governments’ initiative. 15. September 2005). 2009 Background The Asian Ministerial Conferences on Disaster Risk Reduction. India. December 2008) and the overarching theme of the Conference was “Multi-stakeholder Partnership for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Asia and Pacific region. represent unique opportunities for Ministers in charge of disaster risk management from the Asia and Pacific region to reaffirm their commitment to Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) implementation and to exchange valuable experiences on successful practices and innovative approaches in implementing HFA’s five priorities for action at the national and local levels. including through the strengthening of existing key regional cooperation mechanisms. November 2007) reaffirmed Governments’ commitment to HFA and agreed to expand further the biennial Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction as the Regional Platform with participation of the National Governments. During the 3rd Conference several key issues were raised such as the action taken by the national governments and other stakeholders for the implementation of HFA as a follow up to the Beijing Action for Disaster Risk Reduction in Asia and Delhi Declaration. Adopting the Kuala Lumpur Declaration. and on issues such as the need to increase national investments on disaster 2 . UN Agencies.

the level of current carbon dioxide in our atmosphere can already affect our society harshly. causing more frequent and severe disasters. during the last century.74 degrees Celsius. even though we can successfully reduce the future gas emissions. Mitigation measures are important and necessary actions for the future generation. Asia is not free from this kind of temperature rise. The trend has been increasing both in terms of scale and frequency of the hazards. At present the world is grappling at ways by which to reduce the emission of green house gases. Total number of people killed in our region is the highest in the world and the number of people killed per million inhabitants is also the highest in our region during the last part of the twentieth century. 2009 risk reduction and in the forging of new innovative partnerships with the private sector on DRR. Sea-surface temperature also will be increased in our region. But.for the Review of IAP members Apr. Asia will suffer from increased temperature which is higher than that of world average. It is known that. Asia and the Pacific. However. everyday brings new evidence that climate change is the defining issue of our times. 2008 the disaster impacts are still on the rise. The real problem is that the damage is worst in our region. Mr. the world temperature has been increased by 0. 15. the world damages from natural disasters are exponentially increasing. adaptation is more important since climate change has been already begun and we are already facing real impacts of this changing change. It is the time for enhanced advocacy and to start the initiatives for 3 . Asia and the Pacific have experienced higher sea-surface temperature increase and sea-level rise. Despite the impressive achievements by countries in the region on DRR. In terms of damages. scientists forecast that. As the UN Secretary General. Many environmental and meteorological experts are focusing on mitigation measures such as reducing carbon emission effectively. ban Ki Moon noted. which may have been further exacerbated by the impacts of climate change.

therefore. with a particular focus on 1)the convergence of DRR and climate change adaptation and 2)available information technology and green technology. It is required. 4 . The overarching theme of the conference is “Disaster Risk Reduction for Climate Change Adaptation”. there has been limited integration of DRR and climate change adaptation despite the two agendas sharing similar goals and conceptual overlaps.for the Review of IAP members Apr. As indicated by UK Department for International Development in 2008. negative impacts of increased carbon emission need to be more emphasized and tackled. Objectives The objectives of the 4th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction will be: a) To review the action taken by the national governments and other stakeholders for the implementation of HFA as a follow up to the Beijing Action for Disaster Risk Reduction in Asia. the Delhi Declaration. UNFCCC is also emphasizing the potential synergy between climate change adaptation and DRR. and the Kuala Lumpur Declaration b) To establish a practical and problem-solving cooperation system against extreme disasters due to climate change. To congregate these two important agendas. to establish a practical and problem-solving cooperation system against extreme disasters due to climate change. We thus have to act now to include disaster risk reduction as a main agenda for climate change countermeasures. With mandatory commitments for carbon reduction. 2009 climate change and disaster risk reduction. 15. It is required to execute technical and tangible solutions using available cutting-edge technologies and policies for disaster risk reduction in the region.

 Side Events: Specific thematic discussions are encouraged during the Ministerial Conference to highlight major themes that may be left out from the five themes retained for the Ministerial Conference. The duration of pre-conference events varies according to the Partners’ demands. d) To find out ways to share climate information and the technical development in the field of disaster management. local authorities. private sector. 5 . please contact the Conference Secretariat. NGOs. They are expected to bring valuable recommendations / reports to the Ministerial Declaration. Exhibition booths will be made available to exhibitors. technical and specialized institutions. Expected Outcomes • Conference declaration of commitment with action plan • Scientific and political recommendations for tangible application • Regional Partnership for Disaster Risk Reduction for Climate Change Adaptation Structure and Selected Themes of the Event The conference is structured to include:  Pre-conference events: Interested partners or Governments are welcome to organize specific discussions of a sub-regional nature to forge a common position from the sub-region that will feed into the Ministerial Conference. 15.  Open Public Forum: Representatives from Governments. Media training activities and press related events shall also be organized over the three days. For more information on the booths. UN Agencies are invited to exhibit their achievements and initiatives in disaster risk reduction. 2009 c) To execute technical and tangible solutions using available cutting-edge technologies and policies for disaster risk reduction in the region. local communities. the media.for the Review of IAP members Apr. along the lines of the Conference theme.

The Chairperson of the related Technical Session will act as the HLRT’s moderator and bring to the table the key concerns and recommendations raised at technical sessions. (b) The High-Level Round Tables (HLRTs) will be composed of several Ministers in charge of Disaster Management from selected countries from the Asia pacific region who expressed interest in the HLRT’s subject. participating countries can be classified based on their interests into groups with specific topics in advance. AMCDRR Review. HFA Review 6 .for the Review of IAP members Apr. and technical experts will discuss about the same topics. for Ministers’ consideration and discussions. During plenary session. yielding applicable approaches to the ministers. (a) The Technical Sessions (TS) will be held with several technical experts and disaster risk reduction practitioners to address the key technical challenges faced on the selected topic for discussion. who are expected to come up with key recommendations for action. They will be composed of a few experts. The latter will be conveyed by the Chairperson and Rapporteur to the High-Level Round Table on the same subject for Ministers’ consideration. Ten or so countries will be grouped together for practical discussions. Plenary. a Chairperson. 25 All Day Pre-Committee Oct. 2009  Inter-governmental Segment comprising of: a) Technical Sessions b) High-Level Ministerial Roundtable (HLRT) After finally formulated topics are circulated to the participating countries. During round-table meetings and technical sessions. Tentative Program Date Program Oct. each country will present what they think about the specified topic. 15. 26 Morning Opening. rapporteurs will present each session's or topic's outcomes. HLRTs are expected to come up with policy recommendations that will be reflected as part of the Ministerial Declaration.

Enhancement of Regional Sharing and Cooperation System on Disaster Risk Reduction Expected Participation The Conference is expected to be attended by Ministers in charge of Disaster Risk Reduction/Disaster Management and other high-level Government representatives from Asia and the Pacific Island Countries throughout the Ministerial Conference. 25~28 Public Forum (Exhibition. including at High-Level Roundtable Discussions. Seminars. 28 Morning Plenary (Five-Topic Presentations by Rapporteurs).Strengthening Recovery Systems for the Prevention and Mitigation of Recurring Disaster Session 4 – Reducing Urban Risks due to Natural and Technological Hazards Session 5 . 7 . 27 All Day Thematic Segment (HLRT & Technical Sessions) * Declaration Drafting and Photo Session Oct. 2009 AfternoonThematic Segment (HLRT & Technical Sessions) Evening Welcome Dinner Oct.for the Review of IAP members Apr. 15. Side Events) Proposed Topics for the Technical Sessions and Related High Level Round Tables Session 1 . Closing.Establishment of Nature-friendly Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Practice and the Improvement of Current Design Criteria for Disaster Prevention Session 2 – Development of Risk Analysis System and the Establishment of Early Warning & Evacuation Systems using Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) Session 3 . Press Conference AfternoonCultural Visit Oct.

representatives from the civil society. the donor community and the media..for the Review of IAP members Apr. NGOs. Conference Secretariat For further information.00 pm (UTC/GMT +9 hrs) 8 .amcdrr. Conference Language Working language of the conference will be English. Seoul. 10.. Jongno-Gu. 55 Sejongro. Fax: +82-2-2100-8931. NEMA.00 am – 5. 2009 Other key partners include senior Government representatives engaged in disaster risk reduction in their respective country. The 4th AMCDRR & UN ISDR Northeast Asia Office Task Force. academic institutions. E-mail: 007falcon@nema.go.kr Url: http://www. #1805 Central Government Complex. UN Agencies and regional organizations.kr Operating Hours: Monday-Friday. 15.. Yong-Kyun Kim Leader. together with disaster risk reduction experts and practitioners. 110-760. scientists. please contact: Mr.. Republic of Korea Tel: +82-2-2100-8921.