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High-Level regional Asia Pacific webinar on the draft articles on the protection of persons in the event of disasters

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Did you know that discussions are underway on a global treaty to protect people in disasters?

Later this year, a United Nations General Assembly working group will meet to discuss the Draft Articles on the Protection of Persons in the Event of Disasters.

The Draft Articles address issues such as human rights and the protection of people in disasters, humanitarian principles, international cooperation, disaster risk reduction, and the responsibilities of states in external disaster assistance scenarios.


9am EST


Join our webinar to learn more about the prospect of a new treaty, why we need it, and the role of the IFRC.

Read our position paper here.

The webinar is open to government representatives, Red Cross Red Crescent Movement, regional organisations, United Nations Agencies, academia and civil society in Asia Pacific.

Programme outline:

 1. Opening remarks and welcome (5 mins) 2. Overview of the Draft Articles and diplomatic process (10 mins) 3. Panel Perspectives on the Draft Articles: (45 mins)

Panellists include:

Adelina Kamal - humanitarian and disaster management practitioner, international policy development analyst, steering committee member of the Southeast Asian Women Peace Mediators and former director of the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance.

Marco Toscano-Rivalta - Chief of the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, with over 25 years of experience in international cooperation with the UN and other international organizations across sustainable development, disaster risk management, humanitarian relief, and refugee, IDPs and human rights protection.

Dr. W. John Hopkins - Professor of Comparative Public Law specialising in disaster law and sub-national governance, Director of the LEAD Institute of Law Emergencies and Disasters, a member of the Yearbook of International Disaster Law Editorial Board and chair of the International Disaster, Emergency and Law (IDEAL) Network.

4. Q&A (20 mins) 5. Summary & closing remarks: key considerations for supporting the Draft Articles and next steps in the Asia Pacific. (5 mins)

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