The Australian Ambassador to Indonesia, Penny Williams, together with the Main Secretary (Sestama) of BNPB Lilik Kurniawan launched the presentation and discussion on “Because Resilience is Local” at the Rumah Resiliensi Indonesia as part of the seventh Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR) in 2022 which took place on 23-28 May in Nusa Dua, Bali.
“Today’s event is the culmination of the learning that the Australian and Indonesian governments have been doing together for a year,” said Penny Williams. He also stated that this study of the impact of COVID-19 on disaster risk management in the Indo-Pacific region was a concrete manifestation of the strength of the Australia-Indonesia Partnership for Disaster Risk Management (SIAP SIAGA) program.
BNPB Secretary General Lilik Kurniawan said, “The key findings of this report – Resilience is Local – are in line with the findings and perspectives of my institution and government.” He explained that work to increase and improve disaster management capacity at the national and sub-national levels has been carried out for the last 20 years. Nevertheless, referring to the findings presented in this report, he stated, “We still have much to do.”
Both the Australian Ambassador and First Secretary of BNPB said that they hoped that the results of the discussion from this Regional Report would be the start of a more comprehensive study, which could also become a bigger contribution when the Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction 2022 is held in Brisbane, Australia in November.
In addition to this regional event, SIAP SIAGA also enlivened the 2022 GPDRR with several other events, such as the interactive discussion “Building Resilience at the Community Level: Stories from the Volcanic Communities” and a talk show on Minimum Service Standards – Disaster Sub-Deal. Meanwhile, BPDB NTT also displayed a video of their learning outcomes after the Seroja tropical storm on the Ignite Stage.
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