This September, leaders from the Asia Pacific region will gather for the Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Brisbane, Australia. With the theme “From Crisis to Resilience: Transforming the Asia-Pacific Region’s Future Through Disaster Risk Reduction,” this platform aims to promote coordination and cooperation and accelerate progress on disaster risk reduction (DRR).
The Philippines is one among the most vulnerable countries in the world when it comes to disasters and climate change. The impact of these disasters is compounded by socio-governance risks such as armed conflict, corruption, red tape, and political patronage. Truly, the millions of people living in poverty and the near-poor are always at the brink of survival when another disaster strikes.