HIGHLIGHTS: ASEM on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management


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HIGHLIGHTS: ASEM on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management
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MANILA, Philippines – Philippines will be hosting this year’s  Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management

Set on Wednesday, June 4, and scheduled to end on Friday, June 6, ASEM is a gathering of government officials, disaster managers, business leaders, scientists, and members of non-government agencies from 36 Asian and European participating countries. 

In this forum, delegates will discuss ways to innovate existing disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) policies and practices by integrating and applying new technology and innovations. 

Watch parts of the ceremony below.

Hon. Albert del Rosario, Secretary of Foreign Affairs

Opening Statement
Hon. Kristalina Georgieva, EU Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response


Keynote Address
H.E. Benigno S. Aquino III, President, Republic of the Philippines



Super Typhoon Haiyan: The Philippine Experience (Central Role of the State)
Undersecretary Alexander Pama, Administrator, Office of Civil Defense

The Global State of Play of Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) and concepts for the Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (HFA2)
Ms. Margareta Wahlstrom, United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction

Role of Women in Disaster Risk Reduction and Management
Senator Loren Legarda, Senate of the Philippines

Supertyphoon Haiyan: The Philippines’ Response (Role of the National and Local Governments)
Hon. Corazon Juliano Soliman, Secretary, Department of Social Welfare and Development

The Foreign Aid Transparency Hub
Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda

Ensuring Resilience and Sustainability of the Agricultural Sector in Disasters
Vice-Minister Hoang VănThang, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (Vietnam)


Science, Technology and Innovation in DRRM
Hon. Mario Montejo, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology (TBC)

Reconstruction Assistance on Yolanda (RAY) II
Hon. Arsenio Balisacan, Secretary, National Economic Development Authority

Disaster Risk Reduction in Japan – The Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011 (Response of the National Government and Local Governments)
H.E. Toshinao Urabe, Japan’s Ambassador to the Philippines

Assessment of the Role and Future Directions of International Humanitarian Assistance Organizations
H.E. Ivo Sieber, Switzerland’s Ambassador to the Philippines


The Telecom Industry’s Role in Disaster Risk Reduction and Management – State of Play and Future Innovation
PLDT and Smart Communications representative Napoleon Nazareno

Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) – Role of the UN System of International Assistance Organizations
Ms. Luiza Carvalho, Representative of Ms. Helen Clark, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme


Megadisasters: Rehabilitation and Recovery. Lessons from Aceh
Bintang Susmanto Noortjahjo from National Agency for Disaster Management (Indonesia) 


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