Joint Workshop on Strengthening Multi-Hazard Early Warning Systems and Early Actions in South-East Asia

18 Feb 2020 to 20 Feb 2020
Bangkok, Thailand
By invitation only

All countries in South-East Asia (SEA) have committed to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, through implementation of the Action Plan 2018-2020 of the Asia Regional Plan for Implementation of the Sendai Framework and the Regional Road Map for Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific. For example, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has adopted a number of key instruments which steer ASEAN Member States (AMS) to take collective action towards resilience building, namely the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (AADMER) and the ASEAN Vision 2025 on Disaster Management. In addition, AMS – under the framework of AADMER and through the work plans of the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM) will develop a new AADMER Work Programme 2021-2025 as an update to the previous one. AMS also endorsed a Work Plan for the Regional Framework and Action Plan to Implement the ASEAN Declaration on Strengthening Social Protection which includes their commitment to address vulnerabilities to disasters and climate change through social protection.

The agencies of the United Nations (UN) as well as regional organizations and International Finance Institutions (IFIs) have been supporting disaster risk reduction (DRR) in SEA for many years. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Strategic Plan 2020-2023vii and the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS)viii provide direction especially for National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs). The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)’s Asia-Pacific Disaster Resilience Network (APDRN) mobilizes regional efforts in deepening and widening the coverage of multi-hazard early warning systems (MHEWS) in SEA. The UN, including the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), also supports the implementation of AADMER through the ASEAN-UN Joint Strategic Plan of Action on Disaster Management 2016-2020.

It is expected that the Workshop will provide a solid understanding of the state of MHEWS in countries in SEA and of their NMHSs’ capacities to support their national DRR (Day 1), and of the IBFWS/FbF/EWEA concepts and practices for the sectoral users of early warning information (Day 2). It should further result in concrete inputs into: (i) the work plans of the above-mentioned ongoing projects, (ii) a subregional roadmap for strengthening hydrometeorological services for DRR/climate services across various sectors, and (iii) an ASEAN-wide approach to drought, all contributing to the implementation of other regional and global strategies and plans (Day 3). The outcomes will be documented in technical briefs and a meeting report.