Asia-Pacific Regional 2018 NGO Partnership Week In Review

CWS Japan | January 20, 2019

ADRRN meeting group photo. Photo: CWS

In December, a packed partnership week was organized by CWS Japan team members in partnership with colleagues from the Asian Disaster Reduction and Response Network (ADRRN), the International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA) and the United Nations Humanitarian Affairs Coordination Office (UNOCHA) in Bangkok. In addition to CWS Japan senior leadership – Board Chair Rajib Shaw, Country Representative Takeshi Komino and his deputy, Ikue Uchida – CWS Asia Regional Director, Leslie Wilson joined the meetings, where she was pleased to meet with former colleagues from her many years in Afghanistan while joining key discussions on localization.

The annual general meeting of ADRRN, which has evolved and grown over the years, included about 150 people from more than 30 countries. CWS Japan team members were especially involved on this year’s organizing committee, which included the Regional Innovation Forum-Asia 2018 that focused, among other things, on growing expectations for civil society to lead in enhancing ‘adaptive capacity, strengthening resilience and reducing vulnerability to climate change,’ as stated in the Paris Agreement Article 7. Discussions highlighted localization of disaster risk reduction (DRR) efforts, contextualized humanitarian assistance in Asia, and the linkages between climate change impact and DRR innovation. It was timely for the conversation about localization to focused on the relative recent Central Sulawesi earthquake, particularly on collaboration between non-government group, both national and international and local government agencies, which led that response and is leading recovery at its national government’s behest.

More generally, since the impact of climate change is so significant in Asia with geoclimatic-related disasters on the rise, local action was emphasized, once again, as indispensable for disaster risk reduction, mitigation, coping and response; and so, the “ADRRN Communique on Climate Change Impact, Local Action, and Innovation” was drafted and adopted.

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