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Institutional Study Visit of Office of Civil Defense (OCD), Philippines Delegation to Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand
The Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) organized an institutional visit to Thailand for the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), the national disaster management office (NDMO) of the Philippines from 03 to 04 April 2024. The 10-person delegation was headed by the OCD Administrator, Undersecretary Ariel F. Nepomuceno.

Visit of Ms. Pilar Pacheco and Ms. Karla Bajana of the Global Development Division, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to ADPC Headquarters.

ADPC HQ, Thailand
The Preparedness for Response and Recovery team at the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) recently welcomed Ms. Pilar Pacheco, Senior Program Officer, and Ms. Karla Bajana, Senior Program Coordinator of the Emergency Response Global Development Division at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) from 25-29 March 2024. The visit focused on reviewing the collaborative disaster preparedness programs funded by BMGF.

Advancing Climate Action Through Early Warning Systems and Adaptation

Bangkok, Thailand
Meteorology plays a pivotal role in our daily lives, influencing sectors from agriculture, water and transport to disaster management and environmental protection. The theme for World Meteorological Day 2024, "At the Frontline of Climate Action," underscores the critical importance of meteorological services in the global fight against climate change.

Disaster Risk Management Leadership Training of Trainers

Bishoftu, Ethiopia
Following the Disaster Risk Management Leadership Workshop for Ministers and Senior Federal Government Officials held on March 9-10, 2024, the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) conducted a Training of Trainers (ToT) on Disaster Risk Management Leadership at Pyramid Hotel in Bishoftu, Ethiopia from March 13-18, 2024. The training was co-organized by the Ethiopian Disaster Risk Management Commission (EDRMC) in collaboration with the ADPC and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Disaster Risk Management Leadership Workshop for Ministers and Senior Officials

Arba Minch, Ethiopia
From March 9-10, 2024, the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) was honoured to facilitate a Disaster Risk Management Leadership workshop for 30 Senior Federal Government Officials, and Commissioners for Regional Disaster Risk Management and City Administration. Held at Haile Resort in Arba Minch, Ethiopia, the workshop was co-organized by the Ethiopian Disaster Risk Management Commission (EDRMC) in collaboration with the ADPC, and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Creating a Culture of Preparedness: Inaugural First Responders Forum in the Maldives

Malé City, Maldives
The inaugural First Responders Forum took place from February 20th to 21st, 2024, in Mal´┐Ż City, Maldives, under the theme 'Creating a Culture of Preparedness.' Organized by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and the Maldivian Red Crescent Society in collaboration with ADPC, the forum was part of the Strengthening Preparedness and Resilience through Inclusive Community Governance in the Maldives (SPRING) project, supported by USAID's Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA).

ADPC Strengthening Collaboration with the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation of Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand
In a significant move towards strengthening disaster resilience in Thailand, ADPC, along with its partner, the Thai Network for Disaster Resilience (TNDR), discussed with the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) possible collaboration activities in 2024 to support the implementation of the Thailand National Disaster Risk Management Plan 2023-2027. This collaboration marks a critical step forward in the nation's efforts to enhance its preparedness, response, and recovery strategies in the face of increasing disaster risks.

In the Field with CREWS: Delving into Early Warning Systems and Community-Based Flood Management in Cambodia and Lao PDR

Tbong Khmum province, Cambodia
From January 22 to 26, 2024, the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) facilitated a high-level delegation visit to Cambodia and Lao PDR. Comprising participants from contributing member countries of the Climate Risk and Early Warning Systems (CREWS) Initiative, including the French Climate Ambassador, as well as representatives from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), and the World Bank, the delegation aimed to deepen insights into disaster preparedness and management at national and sub-national levels in both countries.

ADPC Retreat 2024: Strategic Planning and Navigating the Road Ahead

Bangkok, Thailand
In preparation for the new year and beyond, the ADPC team gathered for its Retreat 2024 between 25-26 January 2024 in Bangkok, Thailand. It was a rare opportunity for all staff to gather, look upon the achievements of 2023, and gear up for the future year with the review of the 2024 Work Plan, Strategy 2030 and the key action areas.

Unveiling Regional Initiatives: South Asia Gears Up for Drought Management in 2024

Bamgkok, Thailand
Drought conditions in South Asia have emerged as a complex challenge, impacting vital sectors such as agriculture, water resources, livelihoods, and energy generation. The vulnerability of countries in the region, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, to various types of droughts is exacerbated by erratic rainfall patterns and prolonged dry spells. This has led to heightened concerns over food insecurity, water scarcity, and the plight of small-scale farmers grappling with crop failures, ultimately contributing to poverty and rural migration. Addressing the multifaceted impacts of drought in South Asia necessitates collaborative efforts across sectors and regional cooperation.
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