In March 2015, representatives from 187 countries adopted the ‘Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030′. The framework, adopted at the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) in Sendai, Japan, was the first major agreement of the post- 2015 development agenda. Besides, at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit on 25 September 2015, world leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030. In Asia, the regional platform mainly consists of the Asian Ministerial Conferences on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) and the ISDR Asia Partnership (IAP) forum as its mechanism for consultation and technical support.

Established in 2005, the AMCDRR is a biennial conference jointly organized by different Asian countries and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). The AMCDRR serves as a forum for stakeholders to take a shared responsibility and make actionable commitments towards implementation of DRR in the Asia region through the exchange of experiences on successful practices and innovative approaches in reducing and managing disaster risk.

This first Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction after the advent of the Sendai Framework was hosted by Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India in collaboration with UNISDR, from 3rd to 5th November 2016. As a follow up from the 6th Asian Ministerial Conference outcome (2014) and as a requirement of the Sendai Framework, the intended outcome of the conference in India will be to adopt an ‘Asian Regional Plan for Implementation of the Sendai Framework’. The AMCDRR 2016 provided a unique opportunity to shape the implementation and monitoring of the Sendai Framework in Asia. In total 83 participants attended the conference from Kerala.

A report of AMCDRR based on the participation experience of Kerala is attached here.