Regional Community Safety and Resilience Forum 2014

The Regional Community Safety and Resilience Forum (RCSRF) 2014 was held on 16 – 18 September, and was hosted by Thai RC, with the support of IFRC SEARD. The representatives from South-East Asia (SEA) National Societies (DM, Health and OD) participated in this annual event together with IFRC colleagues from country delegations, SEARD as well as the AP Zone office.

The main purpose of the Regional Community Safety and Resilience Forum is to enhance integrated approach for community resilience and strengthen the regional cooperation among and between SEA RCRC members. It is tasked to translate the results of the strategic policy and direction decisions of the Leaders into the operational action to promote the establishment of safer and more resilient communities.

This Forum is responsible for escorting the global Community Safety and Resilience agenda as defined in IFRC strategy 2020, IFRC CSR framework and other agendas including Hyogo Framework for Action and Millennium Development Goals. Head of health, DM and members of regional OD steering committee from all the National Societies of this region meets for three days in this RCSRF and are integral part throughout the entire process of the meeting.

The meeting structure is illustrated in the diagram below.

Besides country updates on the implementation of the regional Roadmap, the participants also discussed on ways to increase regional cooperation, in particular on topics such as RDRT, peer-to-peer support, pandemic preparedness, humanitarian diplomacy, disaster law as well as gender and diversity.

A representative from ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Centre) also joined the technical discussion and discussed about the future areas of collaboration between AHA and IFRC/NSs.

The forum emphasized on the need of better regional cooperation among SEA national societies. A few key points highlighted were:

  • Regional Cooperation: The forum has outlined the plan of action to strengthen the Regional Disaster Response Team (RDRT). They also highlight the need of peer-to-peer learning through exchange visit, staff-on-loan, lesson learnt workshop, conference and trainings/workshop.
  • Working cooperation with AHA centre: IFRC and NSs of the region will discuss in length with AHA centre in coming days. The meeting has identified following areas for cooperation during the initial stage: Information sharing, coordination during emergency, and capacity building like training and simulation exercise etc.
  • The forum has discussed and revised the resilience house and updated the road map.
  • Health technical team has outlined the agenda for pandemic preparedness workshop. SEARD will organize Pandemic Preparedness workshop in Singapore from 17-21 November 2014.
  • Better involvement of youth in regular DM and health program from the beginning of the program cycle and maximizing Red Cross youth during program implementation.

Here are the documents which are also available from Fednet:

  1. Agenda
  2. Participant list
  3. Terms of Reference:

4.  Presentations from the Forum (Day 1):

5.  Presentations from the Forum (Day 2):

6.  Presentations from the Forum (Day 3):

7.  RCSRF Process Report and Revised Resilience House Model and Road Map

See also: