At AMCDRR 2016, Red Cross Red Crescent calls for greater investment in local actors and new partnerships to reduce disaster risk and increase community resilience

Published: 4 November 2016

New Delhi, 3 November 2016 - This week, representatives from the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, including thirteen National Societies, have joined senior-level government delegations and experts at the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR 2016) to exchange experience and chart the way forward to build resilience and reduce disaster risk across the Asia region. 

At AMCDRR 2016, governments and stakeholders will turn the commitments made in the ‘Sendai Framework’ for disaster risk reduction - the outcome document of the 3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (2015) - into a regional plan that will accelerate national and local action on disaster risk reduction. 

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is a primary stakeholder in the AMCDRR. Under its voluntary ‘Statement of Action’, IFRC has committed to raise up local actors and communities and to multiply efforts in reaching the vulnerable and marginalized who are most at risk from disaster threats, calling on partners such as governments, the private sector and civil society groups, to join the growing ‘One Billion Coalition for Resilience’.

In 2015, the number of overall deaths from disasters stood at 22,773 which was lower than the ten-year average of 76,424 deaths. This is due in large part to the greater investment in disaster risk reduction, preparedness and early warning measures (World Disaster Report 2016). Yet the challenges posed by factors such as climate change, population growth and increasing urbanization remain an increasing threat.

“Minimizing the impact of disasters and reducing risk, particularly here in the world’s most disaster-prone region, remains a key priority for Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies”, said Martin Faller, Deputy Director of the IFRC in Asia Pacific.

“Our focus remains on building resilience from the bottom up, not just top town – this means putting communities in the driving seat, making sure that they are leading decision-making processes that affect them.”

“We renew our call for individuals, organisations and governments to join the One Billion Coalition for Resilience. This new partnership model is bringing together diverse actors to deliver practical initiatives that enhance personal, household or community resilience.”

The IFRC’s “Statement of Action”, sets out the collective commitments and actions that Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies across Asia will deliver according to the priority areas of the Sendai Framework. These include providing greater support to local humanitarian and development actors, addressing issues around social inclusion and diversity in disaster risk reduction, establishing stronger laws and frameworks that reduce vulnerability to disasters and elevating the role of young people as agents of behavioural change in their communities.

“More resources should be directed to building resilience in hazard-prone communities. Local organisations should be encouraged to pool their knowledge and experience. This will ensure that such communities are better placed to cope with and recover from future shocks and adversity. Communities themselves have to become the custodians of disaster information and knowledge” said Dr Veer Bhushan, Joint Secretary of Indian Red Cross.

Five Red Cross youth leaders, from Malaysia, Japan, Mongolia, China and India, have joined the IFRC delegation in Delhi this week, bringing the voice of young people to discussions on child-centered disaster risk reduction and school safety.

“Children and youth are not just beneficiaries. We can, and do, also play an active role in creating safer environments”, said Ms. Odmaa Oyungerel, 22, a youth leader from Mongolian Red Cross Society. “The message I am bringing to AMCDRR in Delhi is that young people should be recognized as capable advocates and given lead roles in disaster education and community-driven processes related to disaster risk reduction.”

At the conference, IFRC is also launching its flagship publication, The World Disasters Report 2016. Titled ‘Resilience: Saving lives today, investing for tomorrow’, the key message of this year’s report is that investing in resilience saves lives and money.


Notes to editors:

World Disaster Report Launch, 4pm Saturday November 5 

Media representatives are invited to attend the World Disaster Report 2016 launch event hosted by the Indian Red Cross.  The event will be held at 4pm on at Royal Plaza Hotel, Venetian Hall; 19, Ashoka Road, Delhi 110001.

Speakers will include Anshu Sharma, co-editor WDR 2016; Sh. Sandeep Kadam, Deputy Commissioner Mandi District (HP); Sh. Kamal Kishore, Member NDMA & member of the WDR 2016 editorial board; and a keynote address by the Chief Guest, Shri. Kiren Rijiju, Hon’ble Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Government of India. The event will be followed by high tea / refreshments.


IFRC Stakeholder Action Statement

Read the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies ‘Stakeholder Action Statement’ in full here. In attendance at AMCDRR 2016 in Delhi are senior representatives from the National Societies of India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, and Vietnam


One Billion Coalition for Resilience

Visit for more information on the One Billion Coalition for Resilience


About IFRC

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest volunteer-based humanitarian network, reaching 150 mil­lion people each year through its 190 member National Societies. Together, the IFRC acts before, during and after disasters and health emergencies to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people. It does so with impartiality as to nationality, race, gender, religious beliefs, class and political opinions. 


About the Indian Red Cross

With a network of over 700 branches throughout the country, the Indian Red Cross provides relief in times of disasters/emergencies and promotes health & care of the vulnerable people and communities.


For more information, or to arrange interviews, please contact:

In Delhi, India:

  • Leon Prop, Head of IFRC Country Office, Delhi | Mobile: +91 9810 001 534 |Email: |Twitter: @leonprop
  • Kate Jean Smith | Senior Communications Officer | Mobile: +66 9 5002 5120 | Email: | Twitter: @k_jean_


In Kuala Lumpur:

  • Patrick Fuller, Communications Manager, Asia Pacific | Mobile : +60 122 308 451 | E-mail: | Twitter: @Pat_Fuller