4th ICRC-ASEAN Joint Platform: Collaboration with local actors is the key to resilience in South East Asia
Bangkok, 19 October 2022 – The ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM), ASEAN Secretariat, and the International committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) co-organized the 4th edition of the ASEAN-ICRC Joint Platform on 'Building Resilient Region - Best Practices in the Region and Beyond', on the sideline of 10th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Disaster Management (AMMDM) & 11th Conference of the Parties to the AADMER.
The platform served to sharing best practices in building resilience in the region and articulating how to support and strengthen the role of local and national actors in responding to humanitarian partnership with local humanitarian actors could improve response to humanitarian needs in the spirit of meaningful complementarity between local, national, and international levels.
The event was opened by Ms. Doan Thi Tuyet Nga, the Vice Chair of ACDM, and Ms. Christine Cipolla, Regional Director for Asia and Pacific, ICRC. Ms. Cipolla explained that resilience is at the heart of ICRC's approach to protracted crises and emergencies. She underlined that a resilience-based approach recognizes the interconnectedness of risks that drive humanitarian needs and focuses on supporting local people and structures to recover from and adapt to such risks. Furthermore, she pitched that a humanitarian imperative to ensuring people continue to access basic services and their livelihoods should be sustained, moreover, strengthening resilience should be more sustainable and also compatible to strengthen their resilience to various kinds of disasters.
The 4th edition of ICRC-ASEAN platform facilitated to exchange perspectives among ASEAN and other local humanitarian actors in the region on three main points in building resilience in ASEAN region and beyond: the challenges in cascading regional initiatives to national and local communities' level, the unique role of local champions in addressing the evolving risk landscape and humanitarian assistance, and best practices efforts towards the evolving risk landscape and humanitarian action.
The panel speakers, consisted of Mr. Srei Kosal, the Executive Director and Chair of CHF Steering Committee PADEK, Mr. Stanley Lee, Senior Director of Temasek Foundation, Mr. Raditya Jati, Senior Official of ACDM Indonesia, and Dr. Musa Muhammad, the Regional Director for Asia of CARE USA.
The 4th edition of ICRC-ASEAN platform is the continuation of the previous three platforms jointly organized by the two institutions. This year, the platform was attended by participants from ACDM members, ASEAN Secretariat, AHA Centre, relevant ASEAN Sectoral Bodies and ASEAN affiliated institutions, ASEAN Dialogue Partners, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.