The 5th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (5th AMCDRR) was held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, on 22-25 October 2012, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Government of Indonesia hosted the conference under the leadership of BNPB (National Disaster Management Agency of Indonesia) and in collaboration with United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction. Partner organizations such as GFDRR, AIFDRR, AusAID, USAID and UNDP provided both technical and financial support for the conference.
All the conference documents and proceedings will be available on the official website of 5th AMCDRR (http://5thamcdrr-indonesia.net/) soon.
· More than 2,600 participants from 72 countries around the world registered;
· Two heads of State, the Presidents of Indonesia and Nauru attended;
· High-level delegations from 50 countries across the Asia Pacific region which included 24 government ministers participated;
· More than 850 international participants attended.
Main highlights and outcomes of the conference:
1. The ‘Yogyakarta Declaration’ was consulted and negotiated by government and stakeholder groups and adopted during the conference.
2. For the first time, distinct stakeholder groups such as Parliamentarians, Mayors/ Local governments, groups representing children, persons with disabilities, gender, civil society, media organizations, academic and research institutions, National Societies of Red Cross and Red Crescent, and the private sector fully participated in the conference and prepared their own statement of commitments representing their respective communities, which were then annexed to the Yogyakarta Declaration.
3. Speeches of key personalities in the conference. The statements by the President of Indonesia at the Opening Ceremony, and the opening and closing ceremony statements of the UN Special Representative of the Secretary General for DRR are now available here: http://tinyurl.com/b4u6c4a.
4. A rich debate on Post 2015 DRR Framework and Development Agenda with full participation of key stakeholder groups and governments across several sessions.
5. More than 58 events including 3 High Level Round Tables, 3 Technical Sessions, 3 Plenary Sessions, Drafting Committee meetings, 18 Pre-conference events, 26 Side Events, 5 Special Sessions and several field and cultural events took place.
6. More than 25 organizations and numerous local disaster management organizations showcased and shared their experiences in the Market Place.
7. More than 50 journalists (19 regional media representatives and more than 30 Indonesia media) attended the conference and published more than 100 articles during the conference days;
Press Releases issued by BNPB, UNISDR and other partner organizations:
· Government of Indonesia Press Releases
· UNISDR Press Releases
· World Bank Press Release
· IFRC Press Releases
8. Publications launched: Several publications were released or launched at the 5AMCDRR
· Technical studies on the Conference Sub-Themes – a) Integrating Local Level Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation into National Development Planning, 2) Local Risk Assessment and Financing, 3) Strengthening Local Risk Governance and Partnership
· The Asia Pacific Disaster Report 2012
· Children’s action for disaster risk reduction: views from children in Asia
· Understanding community resilience and programme factors that strengthen them
9. Asian Film festival on Disaster Risk Reduction
A grand film festival organized where the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management (BNBP) received more than 47 entries from Malaysia, India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Korea, China and Indonesia. The films, mainly produced by Asian NGOS and disaster management organizations were selected by a Film Festival Committee set up by BNBP according to three main categories:
· Category one: The best Disaster Risk Reduction story
· Category two: The best Disaster Risk Reduction human interest story
· Category three: The best Disaster Risk Reduction investigative story.
The BNBP committee selected 11 Films. A jury composed of three members: Benny Benke, Indonesian film director and journalist, Sutopo Suwo, Head of Communications BNBP, and Brigitte Leoni, Communications Officer at UNISDR, reviewed all the 11 films selected by the BNBP committee and selected one winning film in each of the three categories. The video clip of the Film Festival awarding ceremony can be seen here: http://tinyurl.com/ax5uzex
Four films were nominated for the best Disaster Risk Reduction Story:
· WINNER - Takbir Gempa (The Voices of Earthquake), from Indonesia
· A Time for Action, from Malaysia
· Toward Resilience – Story of Climate Change Frontier, from Bangladesh
· Special Task Call, from China
Four films were nominated for the best Disaster Risk Reduction Investigative Story:
· WINNER - Memories of a Summer Day 2012, from the Republic of Korea
· Krakatau Sang Legenda (The Legend of Krakatau), from Indonesia
· A Home of One’s Own, from India
· Durjorge Durjory: The Invicible Bangladesh A history of Disaster Management in Bangladesh
10. Developments after the Conference:
Some interesting developments related to the Conference:
a. The IFRC’s Governing Board has committed 10% of future emergency appeals to strengthen disaster risk reduction programmes
b. The Deputy Prime Minister of Nepal went back from the 5AMCDRR and was interviewed by the press where he “pledged to make maximum efforts on his behalf for the allocation of five percent budget for mitigating disaster risks in the country”
c. The individual stakeholders are much more organized and engaged in DRR dialogues. For example: the CSO Facebook page demonstrates the
engagement of CSOs in the region
d. Several organizations working on issues of disability in DRR have joined hands in the region and have created Disability inclusive DRR Network in
the region in preparation of the AMCDRR, which is going to operate as network in the region in the future
11. All documents related to the Conference will be made available in the Conference website shortly. A compilation of all publicly available documents is also available in Preventionweb. In the interim, outcome documents and session reports are available here.