ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response


The ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM) established in 2003 developed the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (AADMER) in 2005, a regional legally binding agreement that binds ASEAN Member States together to promote regional cooperation and collaboration in reducing disaster losses and intensifying joint emergency response to disasters in the ASEAN region.

The AADMER is also ASEAN’s affirmation of its commitment to the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015 (HFA), a 10-year multi-stakeholder and multi-sectoral plan to invest in DRR as a means of building disaster-resilient communities. The HFA, endorsed by 168 countries, is coordinated by UNISDR to provide nations and communities the roadmap to Disaster-proof the significant development gains.

The AADMER Work Programme 2010-2015 laid the regional mechanisms for joint response and disaster risk reduction at the regional level. During the Phase 1 (2010-2012), the ASEAN Coordination Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre) was established as a main operation engine of the AADMER that currently serves as a chief regional body for disaster monitoring and coordinated response; and during the Phase 2 (2013-2015), 21 Flagship and Priority Projects were identified for strengthening regional cooperation.

The AADMER Work Programme 2021-2025 was developed under the leadership of the ACDM and its Working Groups with full support from the ASEAN Secretariat and the AHA Centre. It was endorsed by the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM) on 25 November 2020 and adopted at the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Disaster Management (AMMDM) on 27 November 2020. The Development of the AADMER Work Programme 2021-2025 was supported by the Asian Development Bank, the Government of Canada, the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF), and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction(UNDRR).

Targeted outputs
under Component 1 & 3

  • Capacity building programme on DRR and CCA to strengthen institutional capacity and policy development
  • Establish ASEAN cross-sectoral collaboration on DRR and CCA
  • Documentation of good practices in strengthening institutional and policy development on DRR and CCA in ASEAN
  • Increase replicable programme and modules of building community resilience

AADMER Work Programme 2016-2020

8 Priority Programmes

1. Aware

Risk Aware ASEAN Community

2. Build Safely

Building Safe ASEAN Infrastructures and Essential Services

3. Advance

A Disaster Resilient and Climate Adaptive ASEAN Community

4. Protect

Protecting Economic and Social Gains of ASEAN Community Integration thorough Risk Transfer and Social Protection

5. Respond as one

Transforming Mechanisms for ASEAN's Leadership in Response

6. Equip

Enhanced Capacities for One ASEAN One Response

7. Recover

ASEAN Resilient Recovery

8. Lead

ASEAN Leadership for Excellence and Innovation in Disaster Management
The AADMER Work Programme 2021-2025 is guided by the vision set by the AADMER to "build a region of disaster-resilient nations, mutually assisting and complementing one another, sharing a common bond in minimising adverse effects of disasters in pursuit of safer communities and sustainable development". For 2021-2025, the mission is to "enhance and support ASEAN's disaster risk reduction and disaster management capabilities through inter-sectoral cooperation, capacity building, scalable innovation, resource mobilisation, new partnerships, and stronger coordination among ASEAN Member States". In the next five (5) years, the AADMER will be carried out through five (5) Priority Programmes which are: (1) Risk Assessment and Monitoring (RAM), (2) Prevention and Mitigation (P&M), (3) Preparedness and Response (P&R), (4) Resilient Recovery (RR), and (5) Global Leadership (GL). It is complemented with a web-based Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) system that will allow the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM) to systematically monitor implementation and progress of the achievement of results.


ASEAN Project on Disaster Risk Reduction by Integrating Climate Change Projection into Flood and Landslide Risk Assessment (ASEAN DRR-CCA) is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

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