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The Australian and Indonesian Governments Launched a Regional Synthesis Report “Because Resilience is Local” at GPDRR 2022
The Australian and Indonesian Governments Launched a Regional Synthesis Report “Because Resilience is Local” at GPDRR 2022
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The Australian and Indonesian Governments Launched a Regional Synthesis Report “Because Resilience is Local” at GPDRR 2022

The Australian Ambassador for Indonesia, Penny Williams, and the Prime Secretary of the Indonesian National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB) opened a presentation and discussion event on the Regional Synthesis Report “Because Resilience is Local” at Rumah Resiliensi Indonesia as part of the 7th Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR) 2022 that took place in Bali between  23 and 28 May.

“Today’s event is the culmination of a year-long learning journey that Australia and Indonesia have led together,” Ms Williams said. She also mentioned that this study on the impact that COVID-19 has had on disaster risk management in the Indo-Pacific Region is a manifestation of the strength of the Australia-Indonesia Partnership on Disaster Risk Management implemented through the  SIAP SIAGA program.

Mr Kurniawan said, “The key finding of the report – Resilience is Local – resonates well with the findings and perspectives of my own agency and that of my government.” He elaborated further, noting that the Indonesian government has worked over the last 20 years to enhance and improve its national and sub-national capacity to manage disasters. However, referring to the findings of the report, he said, “There is more for us to do.”

Both the Australian Ambassador and the BNPB Prime Secretary expressed their hopes that the conclusions and recommendations included in the Regional Report will be the start of discussion on improvements to regional disaster risk management and resilience and more holistic learning, and that the report’s findings will feed into the Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction 2022 which will take place in Brisbane, Australia in September.

Within addition to this successful regional event, SIAP SIAGA also took part in the GPDRR through other events at Rumah Resiliensi Indonesia, including an interactive discussion “Building Resilience at the Community Level: Stories from the Volcanic Communities” and a talk show on “Minimum Service Standard: Delivering Basic Services in Disaster Management for Citizen”. The East Nusa Tenggara BPDB also presented a video on their learning from Tropical Cyclone Seroja at the GPDRR Ignite Stage.

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