SPDDM 2022

Since 2020, the world had dedicated significant resources to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. This unprecedented challenge revealed gaps and varied levels of disaster preparedness worldwide. Concepts and considerations developed for “extreme” scenarios are now aligned with the “New Normal” state of a post pandemic world. Double disasters (e.g., a pandemic coupled with a natural disaster) are no longer merely worst-case planning scenarios and may be a common occurrence in future. The theme of SPDDM 2022 “The Future of Disaster Resilience is Now: Are We Ready?” aptly encapsulates the need to invoke discussion about the dynamic future of the disaster management landscape. SPDDM 2022 aims to be a catalyst for discussion on forward looking ideas that can enhance disaster resilience in the future with an emphasis on the importance to act and invest now.

The SPDDM 2022 will comprise of the following sub-themes for in-depth discussions:

Keynote Presentation: “Planetary Health: Interlinkages between Climate Change and Disasters”
High-Level Panel Discussion: “ESG Factors: riding the wave towards disaster resiliency”
Thematic Session: “Innovations Driven by Crisis”


The global pandemic in 2020 has affected the way we work and function; both at the national and international level. In particular, the DM sector had to prepare and manage disasters against the backdrop of COVID-19. Considering that the types, dynamics and dimensions of disaster threats will be more complex in the future and require far more strategic analysis and preparation, it will be beneficial for humanitarian organisations to re-think strategies and transform to strengthen capabilities and capacities for the future. Thus, the theme for SPDDM 2021 is “Advancing Disaster Management: Into a Future of Possibilities” to spark discourse on identifying future humanitarian trends and identifying challenges and opportunities.

The SPDDM 2021 comprises of 4 virtual webinar sessions that will discuss the following topics:

  1. Redefining Disaster Management in a Post-COVID19 Landscape: Leveraging on Localisation and Regionalisation (24 Aug 2021)
  2. Effective Financing and Resource Mobilisation for Disaster Management in the Future (25 Aug 2021)
  3. Introducing Game-Changers in Disaster Management: Leveraging on Technology and Innovation (26 Aug 2021)
  4. Innovation and Technology in Disaster Management: Putting Ideas into Action (26 Aug 2021)


ASEAN Secretariat

The ASEAN Secretariat was set up on 24 February 1976 by the Foreign Ministers of ASEAN. Its function is to provide for greater efficiency in the coordination of ASEAN organs and for more effective implementation of ASEAN projects and activities. In the building of a people-centre, people-oriented ASEAN Community that is globally respected, the ASEAN Secretariat’s mission includes, amongst others, facilitation and coordination with ASEAN stakeholders in realising the purposes and principles of ASEAN as reflected in its Charter. The ASEAN Secretariat is based in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre)

The AHA Centre was established on 17 November 2011 by the ASEAN Member States though the signing of the ASEAN Agreement on the Establishment of the AHA Centre. It was established following the mandate of the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (AADMER) in order to facilitate cooperation and coordination among ASEAN Member States and with international organisations such as the United Nations for disaster management and emergency response. The AHA Centre operationalises the regional coordination mechanism for emergency preparedness and response. The Centre is based in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF)

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) is the national authority to provide fire-fighting, rescue and emergency ambulances services in Singapore. SCDF is also responsible to mitigate hazardous materials incidents, as well as formulate, implement and enforce regulation on fire safety and civil defence shelter matters. SCDF’s Ops Lionheart contingent is classified as a Heavy Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team by INSARAG since 2008. SCDF is also the national focal point for ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM).

Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)

The Swiss Humanitarian Aid is one of the four departments of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and part of the Swiss Confederation. In Southeast ASEAN Switzerland contributes to the implementation of the AADMER in the context of the ASEAN-Switzerland Sectoral Dialogue Partnership. In support of AADMER’s Practical Cooperation Area on Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance, the Swiss Humanitarian Aid provides technical and financial support for the ASEAN Strategic Policy Dialogue in Disaster Management (SPDDM) from 2018 – 2020.


S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS)

The S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) is a global think tank and professional graduate school of international affairs at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. An autonomous school, RSIS’ mission is to be a leading research and graduate teaching institution in strategic and international affairs in the Asia Pacific. With the core functions of research, graduate education, and networking, it produces research on Asia Pacific Security, Multilateralism and Regionalism, Conflict Studies, Non-traditional Security, Cybersecurity, Maritime Security and Terrorism Studies.

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