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The National Emergency Management Agency collaborates with key international partners to learn from best practice and share experiences to build capacity, knowledge and partnerships internationally to enhance Australia’s standing in the international disaster risk reduction and resilience community.

Our key international partner is the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, which is responsible for the international coordination of strategies and programs for the reduction of disaster risks.

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction drives and coordinates the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030

This framework drives international risk reduction, and associated policies, across four priority areas; understanding disaster risk; strengthening disaster risk governance; investing for disaster risk reduction for resilience; importance of disaster preparedness and building back better after a disaster strikes.

Nationally, the Sendai Framework is translated into the Australian context by the National Disaster Risk Reduction Framework.

The Sendai Framework, as well as the Paris Agreement on climate change and the Sustainable Development Goals set the international framework for the operations of the National Emergency Management Agency.

The National Emergency Management Agency is responsible for reporting on Australia’s national progress against the seven targets of the Sendai Framework and supports the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction's work in the Asia-Pacific region by assisting governments and communities implement the Sendai Framework and engaging with the private sector to develop more disaster resilient investment avenues.

A mid-term review of progress against the Sendai Framework will be completed by 2023.

The National Emergency Management Agency supports the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in its international engagement, including through supporting the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, to be held in May 2022, and the upcoming 2022 Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.

Additionally, the National Emergency Management Agency is building its capacity and capability to support Australian and international disaster risk and disaster management work through bilateral relationships and joint projects including with the Office of Economic Cooperation and Development.

Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and Australia will co-host the next Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Brisbane during the second half of 2022.

The Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction aims to promote coordination and cooperation across the region and assesses progress made in the implementation of the Sendai Framework.

The conference will include ministerial meetings, thematic sessions, and partner-led public forums and will result in a political declaration and commitments to raise the region's ambitions to achieve greater disaster resilience.

Across the three key themes, resilient investment, resilient systems, services and infrastructure, and resilient communities, the Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction will promote a local and inclusive approach to disaster risk reduction and will highlight the challenges faced by Pacific Island, coastal and remote communities.

The National Emergency Management Agency will work collaboratively with Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction 2022.

Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction

The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction is the main global forum to assess and discuss progress on the implementation of the Sendai Framework.

The seventh session of the Global Platform, organised by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, is being hosted by the Government of Indonesia in Bali, Indonesia from 23 to 28 May 2022.

The theme of the 2022 Global Platform is ‘From Risk to Resilience: Towards Sustainable Development for All in a COVID-19 Transformed World’.

The 2022 Global Platform takes place at a critical time: seven years following the adoption of the Sendai Framework and two years since the start of COVID-19, which has demonstrated how essential prevention and risk reduction is if we are to achieve a sustainable future.

The National Emergency Management Agency has been supporting organising the Global Platform.

UN Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction

The Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction is the flagship report of the United Nations on worldwide efforts to reduce disaster risk.

We are contributing to the next Global Assessment Report, which will be published in 2022.