10th Meeting of the Regional Consultative Committee on Disaster Management (RCC-10)
The Regional Consultative Committee on Disaster Management (RCC) comprises of members who are working in key Government positions in the national disaster management systems of countries of the Asia and the Pacific region and was established at the initiative by the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) in 2000. Its role as a consultative mechanism for regional cooperation is recognized and affirmed by the Charter of ADPC.
Annual meetings of the RCC are convened by the Government of a host member country in collaboration with ADPC. RCC Meetings are attended by more than 50 RCC delegates comprising of heads of national disaster management offices from 26 countries in Asia and Pacific region and observers from UN Agencies, donors and ADPC partners. To date, all RCC meetings have been supported by the Government of Australia. ADPC serves as the secretariat to the RCC.
Each meeting of the RCC has a special theme as selected by the host country. In this theme session presentations are made by selected member countries, on achievements, challenges, good practices in the countries on the said theme. The meeting also has a separate session showcasing the achievements, practices on disaster risk management of the host country. Lessons learned by the member countries from the recent disasters in the region, in terms of providing response as well as planning for recovery and reconstruction are presented at the meeting. In the context of strengthening regional cooperation, RCC also has been organizing a special session on progress on the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) in Asia. This session has been organized in the past in partnership with UN/ISDR and UNDP. Apart from the presentations by the countries, group discussions are also held on various issues related to regional cooperation for disaster risk.