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5th RCC meeting


RCC 5: Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction into Development in Asian Countries

Venue: Hanoi, Viet Nam

Dates: 18–20 May 2005

Graced by: H. E. Mr. Vu Khoan, Honorable Deputy Prime Minister, Socialist Republic of Viet Nam

In partnership with: Government of Viet Nam

Attendance: Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor Leste and Viet Nam

Objectives of RCC 5:

Following discussions from RCC4, and the Hyogo Framework for Action, the main thematic area was ‘Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Management in Development (MDRD) in Asian Countries’. The key objectives for the dialogue were:

• Seek inputs from RCC members and observers on the RCC Project on Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction into Development;

• Seek inputs from the RCC members on the their expectations on the implementation of the HFA, on the draft benchmark indicators to monitor its implementation and their expectations on the provision of support on HFA implementation by ADPC, the UN-ISDR-Asia Partnership (IAP), UN Agencies and the donor community;

• Gain an insight into the current challenges faced and lessons learned of recent disaster in RCC member countries and regional and sub-regional bodies in Asia;

• Learn from experiences of Disaster Management in Viet Nam;

• Seek inputs from RCC members on the RCC Meeting and actions for the coming year.


Following the initiation of the MDRD program in RCC4, a special session was organized to review the progress made by MDRD. Key areas discussed were:

• The overview of RCC-MDRD, UNDP perspective on mainstreaming, and current status of MDRD and innovative program on RCC member countries; proposed approach for RCC-MDRD program and its guidelines;

• Integration of DRR into Environment Impact Assessment (EIA); and institutionalizing CBDRM in Government policy, planning, and implementation;

• Mainstreaming DRM into specific sectors; namely, urban infrastructure, urban and rural housing development, finance services, agriculture, education, and health;

• Priority areas on mainstreaming DRR into national planning processes including best practices and common challenges;

• Priority areas in mainstreaming DRR in selected sectors including high priority themes, best practices, and possible consultants. This lead to the identification of 23 projects for priority implementation (PIPs) themes by 11 countries;

• Linking appropriate resources in ministries with national platforms, effective engagement with policy makers and decision makers, and creation of DRR programming capacity within individual sectoral line ministries.

A special session was conducted to discuss the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005–2015. The session provided the overview of the HFA; the concept of National Platforms; break-out discussion on the review of initiatives to implement HFA in RCC countries, survey of existing national platforms or initiatives to establish national platforms in RCC countries, and RCC countries expectations of UN-ISDR, the Inter-Agency Task Force for Disaster Reduction (IATF/DR), ADPC.

RCC5 identified actions that would be taken to support RCC members in the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005–2015. Some of the key supporting actions expected by the RCC members from the UN-ISDR, the IATF/DR, the UN Agencies, ADPC, the UN-ISDR-Asia Partnership and donor community were: to play greater role beyond supporting and monitoring, to conduct capacity building programs for HFA implementation and to provide guidance on the program in the key areas such as mainstreaming DRM in development.

Members adopted the Hanoi RCC5 Statement on Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction into Development in Asian Countries. The statement urges all countries to take up mainstreaming as a key priority for action in accordance with the globally adopted HFA. In addition, suggestions were provided for other RCC activities, such as, dialogue with donors, study tours, electronic information sharing and knowledge management, and expansion of the scope for RCC meetings.


Key recommendations from RCC 5

• Conduct capacity building programs for HFA implementation

• Expand RCC activities: dialogue with donors, study tours, electronic information sharing and knowledge management, expansion of scope for RCC meetings, engagement with media, and engagement with parliamentarians