JAKARTA – 21 countries will attend Senior Disaster Management Officials Forum Asia-Pacific Cooperation (APEC SDMOF) on April 21th – August 22nd, 2013 in Denpasar, Bali. This meeting will discuss several topics such as improving the capacity of countries in the Asia Pacific region and the role of the private sector in disaster risk reduction. In addition, this meeting is also intended to discuss the lessons learned on disaster preparedness and emergency response in the Asia Pacific region.

National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) as the focal point of disaster management in Indonesia is aware of the challenges and potential to promote cooperation within the countries in the region. The meeting theme: “Enhancing Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience in the Asia-Pacific through Practical Approach”.


This meeting is expected to produce a number of recommendations related to disaster risk reduction, which will be discussed in the APEC Summit in October 2013. Among other things, the potential cooperation among APEC countries in the implementation of technology, involvement of the private sectors, and strengthening of small and medium-sized businesses facing disaster.


More than 4.2 billion people live in the Asia-Pacific region, or 61% of the world population. Meanwhile, according to the report from the United Nations Strategy for Disaster Reduction said that the Asia Pacific paid a huge cost affected by extreme weather events on the economic development of the continent. Increased risk of disaster in the region may have an impact on people and economic assets that are exposed to the potential, and the inability of the groups most vulnerable to disasters (pz).


Translated  by Henrikus Adi Hernanto


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