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ADPC News & Events 2009

Year 2009


  • 1 - 2 Dec 2009
    ADPC co-organizes a workshop for 'Review of Existing Curriculum and Development of Curriculum Framework Plan for DRR Integration' in Phnom Penh, Cambodia with Cambodian Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, National Committee on Disaster Management, and UNDP with support from ECHO
  • 3 Dec 2009
    ADPC's Public Health in Emergencies (PHE) holds Pandemic Preparedness Forum (PPF) on "One World One Health" download Agenda
    More >> the past PPF
  • 7 - 18 Dec 2009
    ADPC Training Course: GIS-4-DRM-II GIS for Disaster Risk Management II (An Advanced Course) in Bangkok, Thailand
  • 8 Dec 2009
    ADPC with support of the Rockefeller Foundation holds one-day workshop for developing a comprehensive curriculum on zoonotic disease in the context of 'One World – One Health' in Bangkok, Thailand.
    For background info
  • 14 - 15 Dec 2009
    Supported by the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ADPC will hold a two-day 'Regional Consultative Meeting on Development of Pre-Disaster Natural Hazard Loss Estimation Strategy' in Bangkok, Thailand
    Meeting Agenda


  • 5 Nov 2009
    The 5th Pandemic Preparedness Forum (PPF) will be held in Bangkok on 5th of November with a theme on “Communications”. The Asian Disaster Preparedness Center, sponsored by Nestle Thailand, has organized PPF in Bangkok on the first Thursday of each month since 2006. more > Download Agenda
  • 9 - 12 Nov 2009
    ADPC, working closely with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Royal Thai Government, is organizing the upcoming Forum for East Asia and Latin America Cooperation (FEALAC) Symposium on Pan-Oceanic Cooperation for Disaster Risk Reduction to be held in Bangkok and Phuket, Thailand. more>

  • 17 - 28 Nov 2009
    ADPC, upon a request from Jiangxi Province, P.R China, will conduct a study visit on CBDRM and CRM for a delegation from Jiangxi Province. 5 delegates, accompanied by Lingling Jiang, will visit  Thailand (Bangkok and Phuket), Indonesia (Jakarta and Indramayu) and the Philippines (Manila and Dumangas).
  • 24 Nov 2009
    Project Formulation Meeting on 'Earthquake Risk Assessment Project for Myanmar.' This project is an effort to carry out an up-to-date study quantifying the country’s seismic risks in terms of potential economic losses.
    more > Download Agenda

  • 25 - 27 Nov 2009
    Regional Meeting for 'Discussion and Promotion of Early Warning Mechanisms for Landslides in Asian Region' (RECLAIM- III).
    more > Download Agenda


  • 2 - 23 Oct 2009
    FDRM-10 Flood Disaster Risk Management, Bangkok
    The FDRM course is an integrated approach to the development of flood risk management strategies at all levels of governance and civil structure. It presents a holistic view of the flood situation and the needed preparedness measures.
  • 26 - 30 Oct 2009
    The Public Health in Emergencies (PHE) team holds the Third National Public Health in Emergency Management in Asia and the Pacific Course Coordinators Workshop in Phuket, Thailand.


  • 15-17 Sep  2009
    IFRC SEARO and ADPC with funding support from ECHO will host the Practitioners’ Workshop on Disaster Risk Reduction in Asia and the Pacific on 15-17 September 2009 in Phuket, Thailand. To register for this workshop, please complete the registration form and submit to the Workshop Secretariat by the 17 of August 2009.  

    Workshop General Information more >


  • 26-30 Jul 2009
    Regional Learning Workshop on Early Warning Systems, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • 27-29 Jul 2009
    Regional Planning Meeting and the launching of the Program for Enhancement of Emergency Response Stage 3 (PEER-3)
    Venue: Imperial Queen’s Park Hotel, Bangkok
  • 20 Jul 2009
    National Workshop on Priority Implementation Partnerships (PIP) on Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction into construction of health facilities in Bangladesh, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • 10 Jul 2009
    Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) officials visit ADPC
    National Workshop on Mainstreaming DRR into National Development Planning Process in Nepal.


  • 24-28 Jun 2009
    Opening ceremony of Sri Lankan government official's study tour  on landslide risk management activities at ADPC
  • The Royal Norwegian Government and ADPC sign Memorandum of Understanding on 27 May 2009
  • 16-19 Jun 2009
    ADPC at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction 
  • 5 Jun 2009
    The Phuket Declaration
    2nd Disaster Preparedness for Persons with Disabilities conference, Phuket,
    12-13 May 2009
  • 16-19 Jun 2009
    ADPC delegation to attend the second session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, Geneva
  • 4 Jun 2009
    Southeast Asia Regional Inter-agency Information sharing/coordination monthly meeting on Avian & Human Influenza, Bangkok


  • 27 May 2009
    The Royal Norwegian Government and ADPC sign Memorandum of Understanding
  • 25-29 May 2009
    Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System (RIMES) is organizing a Regional Training on SeisComP3  in Bangkok, Thailand Workshop Note Agenda
  • 18-22 May 2009
    Regional Training Course on Climate Risk Management for delegation of senior officials from Bangladesh Government, Bangkok, Thailand
  • 12 May 2009
    The Mekong River Commission (MRC) Secretariat launched the documentary film, “When Mekong Rises” at the Annual Mekong Flood Forum (AMFF-7) in Bangkok, Thailand More>>
  • 12 May 2009

    1st Anniversary of Wenchuan Earthquake

    The day has been declared as the

    "National Disaster Reduction Day


  • 12 May 2009
    Dr. Bhichit Rattakul will deliver the keynote address on "Disaster Risk Management for Persons with Disabilities" at the 2nd Disaster Preparedness for Persons with Disabilities conference in Phuket and organized by Blind Association of Thailand
  • 11-22 May 2009
    GIS for Disaster Risk Management (an introductory course), Bangkok Download brochure here
  • 7 May 2009
    ADPC welcomes the study tour group of Nursing Faculty from Assumption University, Bangkok to share information and knowledge on Nursing in Disaster
  • 4-9 May 2009
    ADPC joined the International Study Tour to Hue, Central Vietnam, organized by the Building and Social Housing Foundation (BSHF), London and the UN-Habitat. The site of the visit was the Development Workshop, France (DWF) project "Preventing typhoon damaged to housing", recipient of the World Habitat Award 2008


  • 29 Apr 2009
    Regional Climate Change Adaptation Knowledge Platform for Asia, ADPC office
  • 29 Apr 2009
    ADPC in the news: Seasonal Climate Forum, Hanoi
  • 28 Apr 2009
    CDC Guidance for Clinicians: Pregnant Women and Swine Influenza more >
  • 28 Apr 2009
    International Travel Advisory from WHO more >

  • 21 Apr 2009
    ADPC and National Hydro Meteorological Services (NHMS) Vietnam organizes Seasonal Climate Forum in Hanoi. The National Forum is supported under the Strengthening Multi-hazard Early Warning Systems (SMEWS) project funded by the American Red Cross
  • 10 Apr 2009
    ADPC conducts awareness session at school in Bangkok
    More >
  • 7 Apr 2009
    National Workshop on Priority Implementation Partnerships on Mainstreaming DRR Housing Sector
    Sri Lanka

  • 7 Apr 2009
    ADPC to participate  in the World Health Day with the theme “Save lives-Make Hospital Safe in Emergencies" organized by Ministry of Health, Bangkok, Thailand
  • 2 Apr 2009
    Southeast Asia Regional Inter-agency: Information sharing/coordination Meeting on Avian & Human Influenza, organized by the ADPC and Nestle, Thailand
    Theme: Zoonotic Diseases and Natural Disasters
  • 2 Apr 2009
    ADPC and the Indonesian National Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics  (BMKG) to organize the 2nd National Monsoon Forum, Jakarta, Indonesia


  • 17 Mar 2009
    Samdech Akha Mohasena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime
    Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia conveyed his appreciation to ADPC for providing support for the establishment of the National Action Plan for Disaster Risk Reduction (SNAP-DRR) 2008-2013 at the launching ceremony of the project on “Bird and Human Influenza Prevention and Management and the National Action Plan for Disaster Risk Reduction Strategy held on 17 Mar 2009 in Cambodia.
  • 27 & 28 Mar 2009
    Workshop to review the Regional Training Course on Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction into National and Sectoral Development Process, under the Phase II of the Regional Consultative Committee Program on Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction into Development Policy, Planning and Implementation in Asia, Bangkok  
  • 25 Mar 2009
    H.E Mr. Chavarat Charnvirakul, Minister of Interior, Royal Thai Government, Thailand in his keynote address at the First session of the Committee on Disaster Risk Reduction acknowledged ADPC’s contribution in the implementation of the five priorities of Hyogo Framework for action through projects and programs. Specific mention was made towards ADPC’s technical contributions to the Strategic National Action Plan for Thailand.
  • 23 Mar 2009
    ADPC acknowledged for providing training and capacity building facilities on disaster management by the ASEAN Chairman at the 14th ASEAN Summit, ASEAN Charter for ASEAN People, held on 28 Feb- 1Mar 2009, Cha-am, Thailand. The complete Chairman's statement, more>>
  • 31 Mar 2009
    ADPC and the Sri Lankan Department of Meterology (DOM) to organize the 1st National Monsoon Forum in Colombo, supported under the Strengthening Multi-hazard Early Warning Systems (SMEWS) project funded by the American Red Cross
  • 23-24 Mar 2009
    ISDR Asia Partnership (IAP) Meeting, Bangkok
  • 10 Mar 2009
    ADPC welcomed
    the study tour delegation from the BBC World Service Trust, Hanoi office
  • 10 Mar 2009
    ADPC conducts Earthquake & Tsunami awareness activities for students of the New International School of Thailand, Bangkok
  • 9-20 Mar 2009
    ADPC facilitates regional training course on tsunami modeling of Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System (RIMES), a 17-country regional cooperation on the early warning of tsunami and hydro-meteorological hazards, Bangkok
  • 4 Mar 2009
    Dasho Pendan Wangchuk, Secretary, Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs, Royal Government of Bhutan visit ADPC and RIMES facility (Regional Integrated Multi-hazard Early Warning Systems)


  • 24-25 Feb 2009
    Full Scale Simulation Exercise in Manayaweli GN and Evaluation of Early Warning System,  Trinkomoli, Sri Lanka

  • 20-24 Feb 2009
    ADPC conducts course on mainstreaming DRM into development planning activity for decision & policy makers, Nepal
  • 18-20 Feb 2009
    ADB-AHI study tour on awareness-raising and life skills development for AHI prevention and control in schools, Indonesia

  • 18-19 Feb 2009
    ADPC attend ACDM meeting, Myanmar

  • 17 Feb 2009
    ADPC Special Task Force meeting, Bangkok

  • 16-20 Feb 2009
    th International Course on Hospital Emergency Preparedness and Response more>>

  • 16-18 Feb 2009
    Training workshop on End to End Local Level Early Warning System & Coastal Community Resilience, Addu Atoll, Maldives

  • 16 Feb 2009
    ADPC and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway organize round table discussion on natural disaster prevention Bangkok
  • 5 Feb 2009
    Southeast Asia Regional Inter-agency Information sharing/coordination meeting on Avian & Human Influenza, Bangkok
  • 4 Feb 2009
    Hon. Mahinda Samarasinghe, Minister of Disaster Management and Human Rights, Sri Lanka signs MoU with ADPC on future collaborations and initiatives in DRR. The event was attended by  U.W.L. Chandradasa, Director Technology & Mitigation, Disaster Management Centre, Ministry of Disaster Management and Human Rights, Sri Lanka, the Ambassador of Sri Lanka, H.E. Mr. Jayaratna Banda Disanayaka and Dr. Bhichit Rattakul
  • 2-6 Feb 2009
    Second National PHEMAP Course Coordinators' Workshop
    Bangkok Thailand
  • 2 Feb 2009
    ADPC attends USAID/OFDA strategy review meeting on disaster risk reduction and future directions


  • 26 Jan-6 Feb 2009
    8th Regional Training Course on Earthquake Vulnerability Reduction (EVRC-8)
    more >>
    Course brochure
  • Myanmar Engineering Society (MES) signs MoU with ADPC for a framework of cooperation on sharing expertise and resources in DRR.
  • 26-31 Jan 2009
    Second Training Workshop for Community-Based AHI Management Practitioners (by invitation only)
    Workshop information 
  • 22 Jan 2009
    Delegates from Department of America and South Pacific Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bangkok visit ADPC office
  • 22 Jan 2009
    Channel 11, Morning Talk show interviews ADPC Executive Director on disaster risk reduction in Thailand
  • 21 Jan 2009
    ADPC Special Task Force Meeting
  • 15 Jan 2009
    ADPC to attend Earthquake Safety Day, Nepal
  • 13 Jan 2009
    In-house guest lecture:
    Dr. Suttisak Soralump, Head of  Geotechnical Engineering Research and Development Center, Kasetsart University, Bangkok on Landslide issues, concerns, recommendations & initiatives in Thailand
  • 3rd Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, 2-4 December 2008, Malaysia
    Conference Summary
Awards & Accolades
ADPC Executive Director honored for outstanding contribution to  South-South Cooperation

Dr. Bhichit Rattakul was honored for his outstanding contribution to South South Cooperation at the 5th Annual United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation held at the U.N. Headquarters  on the 19 Dec 2008. The event also launched the first Global South-South Development Expo from 16-19 Dec 2008 in New York.

Dr. Bhichit in his address on South South Cooperation on Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction shared ADPC processes, resources in devising solutions for replications across countries of the South.

For more information on the event, visit



ADPC received the World Center of Excellence award at the First World Landslide forum

The forum held from the 18-21 November 2008 at the United Nations University, Tokyo, Japan was a global cooperation platform to contribute for landslide and other related earth system risk reduction. 


ADPC received the World Center of Excellence award for promoting knowledge sharing, innovations and institutions with South-South focus network on Landslide Risk Reduction in Asia.


For more  details: 



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