A speech delivered by the President of the Republic of Indonesia at the opening ceremony of the 5th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR), in which he recounted the benefits gained from the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015 and the number of measures taken to promote disaster risk reduction (DRR) in the course of implementing the Framework and the Plan of Action in Indonesia. He called for DRR efforts to be sustained by solid legal foundation, citing Indonesia's Law No. 24 on Disaster Management, as well as for active promotion of bilateral, regional and international partnerships to build up DRR capacity, such as the Australia-Indonesia Facility for Disaster Reduction (AIFDR), the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management and the ASEAN Regional Forum Disaster Relief Exercise (DIREx).
He highlighted DRR's importance in saving and preserving the achievements of development efforts and features the governemnt's decision to integrate DRR into Indonesia's Mid-term National Development Plan 2010-2014. He also pointed the need to strengthen local governments' capacity for DRR in six ways: (i) through the development of disaster resilient villages; (ii) through the participation of multi-stakeholders such as civil society groups, academia, professionals, parliamentarians, religious leaders, and even business community; (iii) through the development of human capacity, including knowledge, expertise, and wisdom; (iv) through ensuring sufficient financing to support local communities' disaster resilience capacity; (v) by ensuring coherence between national capacity and local capacity; and (vi) by integrating small-scale DRR and climate change adaptation initiatives into local development processes. He added that these six points have been developed based on Indonesia's experiences to advance capacities, particularly post-tsunami Aceh in 2004.
He also rejoiced in the common view of the UN High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda on the importance of factoring in natural disasters in development agenda, and in the consultative process towards post-2015 DRR agenda.
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