Sri Lanka in ADPC
ADPC Projects in Sri Lanka
Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) is an autonomous international organization that works to build the resilience of people and institutions to disasters and climate change impacts in Asia and the Pacific. Established in 1986, it provides comprehensive technical services to countries in the region across social and physical sciences to support sustainable solutions for risk reduction and climate resilience. ADPC supports countries and communities in Asia and the Pacific in building their disaster risk reduction (DRR) systems, institutional mechanisms and capacities to become resilient to numerous hazards, such as floods, landslides, earthquake, cyclones, droughts, etc.
Sri Lanka is one of the nine founding member of the ADPC along with; Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, and Thailand. The Bangkok based ADPC has country offices in Myanmar, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka that host experts who work towards inclusive development goals across our strategic as well as cross-cutting themes. The Embassy in Bangkok acts as the country representative for ADPC with delegated authority of the focal point in Sri Lanka the Disaster Management Center of the Defence Ministry. As the ADPC transition into a international organization from a Foundation, the Board of Trustees mandated a voluntary Coordinating Committee to facilitate the transition period. Sri Lanka volunteered to be a CC member and have been contributing to the process. Given the importance Sri Lanka places in managing and reducing disaster risks in the country, the Ambassador and Second Secretary has been actively engaging and consulting with ADPC for better cooperation and technical expertise. Sri Lankan delegation led by Maj. General (Rtd) Sudantha Ranasinghe participated at the 15th Session of the Regional Consultative Committee (RCC).
The ADPC is in a transition phase of moving from a ‘Foundation’ to become an ‘Intergovernmental Organization’, and at the First Meeting of the Board of Trustees (BOT) held on 07 November 2019 at the Thai Foreign Ministry, along with Pakistan and Nepal, Sri Lanka also opted to be voluntary members of a ‘Coordinating Committee’ to facilitate this process. The Term is for a period of two years. The Secretary of the BOT serves as the Secretary to the Coordinating Committee and it comprises up to 7 members including two members from the Board of Foundation and is open for any additional Members of the Board of Trustees who may volunteer to serve on the Committee. Accordingly, the 1st Coordinating Committee meeting was held on 30 September 2020, as an online meeting and Sri Lanka continues to participate in the Coordinating Committee Meetings in coming two years period.
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Sri Lanka Country Office of ADPC
13th Floor, 75/6-7 Ocean Tower2 Soi 19, Sukhumvit Rd., Wattana, Bangkok 10110