SE16: How to Mainstream Disaster Risk Reduction in Development; Experiences from Governments in Regional Consultative Committee (RCC) member countries

  • ID: SE16
  • Date & Time: Wednesday 17 June (13:30 - 15:00)
  • Room: 13
  • Participation: Open
  • Organizer: Regional Coordination Committee (RCC) on Disaster Management Secretariat
  • Facilitators: Chairs:

    • Major General G Hettiarachchi, Director General, Disaster Management Center, Government of Sri Lanka,
    • Major General G. Rabonza, Administrator, Office of the Civil Defense, Executive Officer, National Disaster Coordinating Council, Government of Philippines
  • Focal Point: ajrego (at),arghya (at)


The Regional Consultative Committee (RCC) on Disaster Management is a regional mechanism comprising of 30 members from 26 Asian countries who are working in key Government positions in the National Disaster Management systems of countries of the Asian region. Countries include Afghanistan, Bangladesh Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor Leste and Vietnam. The Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) acts as the secretariat of the RCC.

The RCC has been implementing the program on Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction into Development (MDRD) since 2004 when the program was launched at the 4th meeting of the RCC in Dhaka. The RCC 5 adopted the Hanoi RCC 5 statement on Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction in Development in Asian Countries. The program with a two track approach of mainstreaming disaster risk reduction into both national and sector development process had in its Phase I (2004-2007) initiated mainstreaming of disaster risk reduction in selected RCC member countries in sectors such as Education, Infrastructure (Roads), Local Government and Agriculture.

Learning from the experiences of the Phase I as well as from similar programs being implemented by the National Governments of the region, the program is currently in its Phase II and entitled “ Partnerships for safe development and good governance”. The goal of the program is to promote Safe development and good governance in RCC member countries with increased community resilience to natural disasters; thus contribute to realizing the Millennium Development Goals by 2015 and advancing priorities of the Hyogo Framework for Action. In this phase the program is currently undertaking Priority Implementation Partnerships in Housing, Health, Education and Infrastructure sectors, along with developing a RCC MDRD website to act as a knowledge management platform and a regional training course on mainstreaming of disaster risk reduction into development.

Being developed and implemented by the RCC member countries and with other countries globally, the programs provides an opportunity to initiate mainstreaming in the country and which could later be up scaled by the existing national programs on disaster risk reduction or through sector development programs.

This side event is aimed to provide a venue to share experiences and lessons learned among the RCC member countries from the program till date; development of guidelines for mainstreaming of disaster risk reduction, undertaking priority implementation partnerships in RCC member countries, advocacy and knowledge management. It would also enable discussions among the members on the ongoing Phase II implementation and planned activities.

Expected Outcomes

Sharing of experiences among RCC member countries on the lessons learned from the program implementation and identifying challenges for integration of DRR in national and sectoral development as well as increasing investment for risk reduction through safer development.

Background Papers

> How to Mainstream Disaster Risk Reduction in Development [PDF, 22.71 Kb]



Note: this is an interim report pending publication of the Conference Proceedings from the 2009 Global Platform.

> Report from SE16 [PDF, 46.74 Kb]

Last updated: 04 December 2020