InterWorks facilitated a symposium to assess current and evolving approaches to humanitarian coordination in emergencies in the Asia-Pacific region, focusing on strategies for addressing challenges and good practices from the field. The event took place in Bangkok, Thailand from 9-11 May, and included the participation of senior officials and emergency management partners from government, civil society, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the UN family, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).
Participants included UNHCR senior managers and partners from Afghanistan, Australia, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, P.R. China, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vanuatu. The participants collectively identified current gaps in coordination and identified good practices from the region. In addition to facilitating information exchange amongst key emergency management partners, the event aimed to inform ongoing initiatives to improve coordination.
Great job! Wonderful venue to share experiences and learn good insights and practices from other countries’ representatives… Very well facilitated and excellently organised.– Symposium participant