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Progresses in the ASEAN-AHA system

From 26 to 28 June 2018 the 32nd Meeting of the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management was held in Kuala Lumpur in conjunction with the 8th Governing Board Meeting of the AHA Centre, the 9th Joint Task Force Meeting to Promote Synergy with Other Relevant ASEAN
Bodies on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief, and the 5th AADMER Partnership Conference.

In these meetings, the ACDM agreed to pursue new initiatives on women, peace and security, as well as strengthen efforts on gender mainstreaming in disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation in order to further enhance the role of women as key humanitarian actors throughout disaster management processes.

On 4 October 2018, the 7th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the AADMER, in conjunction with the 6th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Disaster Management (AMMDM) was convened in Putrajaya, Malaysia. The Ministers encouraged to promptly finalise the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the ASEAN and the Russian Federation on Cooperation in the Field of Disaster Management, and the MOU with the International Federation on the
Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to strengthen community resilience in Southeast Asia.

They also urged to conclude the project arrangement for a work plan between the ASEAN and China in order to facilitate the provision of information, communications technology equipment, and capacity building activities in the near future. With regard to financial issues, the ministers also decided to increase the annual and equal contribution of ASEAN member states to the AHA Centre Fund, for a period of 5 years, from USD 50.000 to USD 90.000, starting from 2019.