The Asia Foundation’s Kim DeRidder Presents at RCC-12 Disaster Management Meeting

Officials gather at the 12th Meeting of the Regional Consultative Committee (RCC) on Disaster Management

Officials gather at the 12th Meeting of the Regional Consultative Committee (RCC) on Disaster Management

Thimphu, Bhutan, June 26, 2015 — Last week, The Asia Foundation’s Director of Environment Programs Kim J. DeRidder spoke at the 12th Meeting of the Regional Consultative Committee (RCC) on Disaster Management. Organized in collaboration with the Department of Disaster Management, Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs, Royal Government of Bhutan, and the Asia Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC), the meeting focused on the theme Risk-Sensitive Development in the Asia-Pacific Region.

DeRidder’s presentation centered on the Foundation’s work in disaster risk management and response, as well as associated climate resilience programming. DeRidder highlighted the variety of governance-related program approaches employed by the Foundation, including institutional development, capacity building, multi-stakeholder engagement, policy development and reform, as well as outreach and education. The presentation featured the Foundation’s disaster-related programming in Bangladesh, China, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, the Pacific Islands, Vietnam, and most recently, Nepal. The Foundation’s Environment programs address and prioritize critical issues that benefit from a coordinated understanding of the broad political, social, and economic dynamics of environmental governance reform.

DeRidder was joined by senior government disaster management officials from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Mongolia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Timor Leste, Thailand, and Vietnam, in addition to representatives from UN agencies, and multilateral and bilateral donors, and selected international NGOs.

The Regional Consultative Committee on Disaster Management is a body currently made up of 26 countries. Established in 2000, the Regional Consultative Committee (RCC) on Disaster Management promotes peer advocacy and the exchange of experiences in disaster risk reduction (DRR). Its Secretariat, ADPC, initiated the committee to bring countries in the Asian region together to achieve common goals in DRR, explore ways to transform policies into practice, and promote regional cooperation.

The Asia Foundation is a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia. Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, our programs address critical issues affecting Asia in the 21st century—governance and law, economic development, women’s empowerment, environment, and regional cooperation.

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