Pene Lefale attends the 6th Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction

posted 3 Jul 2014, 15:12 by Bodeker Scientific   [ updated 3 Jul 2014, 15:20 ]

Pene Lefale attended the 6th Asian Ministerial Conference for DisasterRisk Reduction (AMCDRR) held in Bangkok, Thailand, from 22 to 26 June 2014 (the ‘Bangkok Conference’). The AMCDRR is a biennial conference in Asia to discuss and ensure political and stakeholders’ commitments towards implementing Disaster Risk Reduction programmes and activities in the region. Since 2005, five AMCDRR conferences have been organized by countries in Asia, in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). Previous hosts were Beijing, People’s Republic of China (2005); New Delhi, Republic of India (2007); Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2008); Incheon, Republic of Korea (2010); and Yogyakarta, Republic of Indonesia (2012).

The Bangkok Conference was not only for countries, organizations and individual practitioners to meet and discuss the way forward in reducing disaster risk in the Asia-Pacific region. It was also the venue for the final regional inter-governmental meeting in Asia-Pacific before the completion of the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-15 (HFA1), in January 2015 and the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (3WCDRR) to be held in Sendai, Japan, in March 2015. Thus the main focus of the Bangkok Conference was for Asia-Pacific DRR organizations and practitioners to finalise the region’s inputs into the post 2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (HFA2), to be adopted at the 3WCDRR in Sendai.

The conference main outcomes’ documents (the Political Declaration, Asia-Pacific input to HFA2 and a set of Voluntary Commitment Statements from various Groups) are available online here. All documents were developed through extensive consultation through the ISDR Asia Partnership (IAP) Forum which serves as the main consultation mechanism of the Conference.

Lefale actively participated in the Science, Technology and Academia Stakeholders Group (STASG) where he worked closely with WMO and UK Met Office representatives (the only meteorological representatives on the STAGC) to ensure weather, climate, water and related environmental needs are incorporated into the STASG’s Voluntary Commitment Statement. Due to his extensive input into the work of the STASG, Lefale was nominated by WMO and ISDR to be one of the experts on the HFA2 STASG. Lefale’s nomination will be confirmed by the ISDR Secretariat. Lefale also participated in the Private Sector Partnership Group.