Evolution of RCC
The Regional Consultative Committee (RCC) was established in 2000 by the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC). It was one of the early regional fora to promote consultation and cooperation in reducing disaster and climate change risk in Asia and the Pacific. The RCC aims to provide a consultative mechanism for guiding the implementation of disaster risk reduction (DRR) and Climate Resilience (CR) efforts, promoting transboundary cooperation, designing regional programs, and guiding ADPC in its future work and strategies in the region. Today, ADPC facilitates the RCC as one of its main institutional organs. It enables the management and operation of the mechanism, in addition to following up on the statements issued by member countries after each RCC meeting.
Objectives of the RCC
The RCC is part of ADPC's wider engagement and defined in the ADPC Charter, providing the organization with key inputs and guidance from RCC member countries. It helps to identify disaster-related needs and priorities of its members, promote regional and sub-regional cooperation programs, and develop regional action strategies for DRR and CR. The RCC is, as defined in Article 8 of the ADPC Charter, set up for the following measures.
- The development of action strategies for disaster reduction in Asia and the Pacific
- Promoting cooperative programs on a regional and sub-regional basis
- Providing guidance to ADPC on its future work and strategies
To date, 25 countries are members of the RCC mechanism. Country membership is renewed on a three-year basis. The mechanism for renewal is managed by the RCC Secretariat. Additional members' requests are considered by the RCC and recommended to the Chair of the Board of Trustees of ADPC, who invites a country to become a member of RCC (in accordance with Article 8.3 of the ADPC Charter). The list of member countries is given below.
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