"The World and Japan" Database (Project Leader: TANAKA Akihiko)
Database of Japanese Politics and International Relations
National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS); Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia (IASA), The University of Tokyo

[Title] Chair's Summary

[Place] Bali
[Date] 1 September 2010
[Source] The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
[Full text]

1. ASEAN Plus Three International Conference on Disaster Management, hosted by

the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan in close cooperation with the Cabinet

Office of Japan, United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction

(ISDR), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Asian Disaster

Reduction Center (ADRC), with participation of officials and academic experts

from the ASEAN Plus Three countries and observer countries such as Australia and

India as well as other international organizations, was convened on 30 August-1

September 2010 in Tokyo, Japan.

2. The Meeting reviewed the progresses and challenges in the first half decade of the

Hyogo Framework of Action 2005-2015 (HFA) in the region and discussed to

identify new challenges in the next half decade of the HFA with a view to

contributing to the Mid-Term Review of the HFA. Participants of the Meeting

shared the view that progresses have been made at both national and regional levels.

It was also pointed out that adaptation to climate change should be linked with

disaster risk reduction policy in each country and facilitated through the regional

cooperation in view of the disaster management.

3. The Meeting shared the view that support to local government and

community-based approach through enhancing people's ownership and

responsibilities can be effective mechanisms for disaster management.


ASEAN Plus Three; ASEAN Member States (Brunei Darussalam, the Kingdom of Cambodia, the Republic of Indonesia,

the Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, the Union of Myanmar, the Republic of the Philippines, the Republic of

Singapore, the Kingdom of Thailand and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam) and People's Republic of China, Japan and

Republic of Korea

4. The Meeting welcomed China's initiative of the ASEAN Plus Three Seminar on

Urban Disaster Emergency Management which was held on 5-7 May 2010 in

Beijing, China and recalled its recommendations especially to establish an expert

pool for ASEAN Plus Three members.

5. The Meeting was informed of the 4th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster

Risk Reduction to be held on 25-28 October 2010 in Incheon, Korea and expressed

its hope that successful and fruitful outcomes will be achieved.

6. The Meeting acknowledged the important role of ADRC to the regional

cooperation in Asia on disaster management and recognized valuable and

significant activities of JICA in bilateral cooperation on disaster management

through the Official Development Assistance of Japanese government.

7. The Meeting welcomed Japan's contribution to regional cooperation on

disaster management in the region and initiatives including the proposal to utilize

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in disaster management.

8. The Meeting welcomed progress of the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster

Management and Emergency Response (AADMER) which entered into force on 24

December 2009 and appreciated recent initiatives of ASEAN countries to

strengthen its capacity for disaster management.

9. The Meeting also welcomed the ISDR global campaign on “Making Cities

Resilient” and encouraged all ASEAN Member States to actively participate in the

campaign as well as to nominate participating cities and role model cities in their

respective countries to join this campaign.

10. The Meeting, taking into consideration all these efforts and initiatives by

ASEAN Plus Three countries, recalling that the cooperation area of disaster

management has been put on top priority in the ASEAN Plus Three cooperation

under the Second Joint Statement on East Asia Cooperation and the Work Plan

(2007-2017) adopted at the 11th ASEAN Plus Three Summit held in November

2007 in Singapore, having in mind that the ASEAN Plus Three cooperation on

disaster management should be consistent with the “Master Plan on ASEAN

Connectivity” and respecting ASEAN's centrality as well as its this year's slogan

“From Vision to Action” initiated by Vietnam, chair country of ASEAN, shared the

view that ASEAN Plus Three countries should further enhance and deepen

cooperation in the area of disaster management especially disaster prevention in

urban cities and communities in close cooperation with partner countries and

international organizations and therefore recommended;

a) to encourage each ASEAN Plus Three country to accelerate implementation of

disaster management projects considering bottom up approach and centring on


b) to encourage each ASEAN Plus Three country to further strengthen regional

cooperation on disaster management by sharing information, expertise and

technologies as well as allocating necessary resources with appropriate


c) to consider conducting a project with a theme of disaster management focusing

on prevention in urban cities and communities with financial assistance by the

ASEAN Plus Three Cooperation Fund;

d) to utilize existing ASEAN Plus Three cooperation framework such as the

Network of East Asia Think Tanks to follow-up the suggestions made at this


e) to encourage members to carry out the research and development with regard

to the linkage of climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction; and

f) also to encourage other partners countries for further cooperation and

international organizations for further assistance to efforts by ASEAN Plus

Three countries in the area of disaster management.