ASEAN Strategic Policy Dialogue on Disaster Management (SPDDM) 2021

On 24th – 26th August,  the RSIS HADR Programme participated as the knowledge partner for the annual ASEAN Strategic Policy Dialogue on Disaster Management, which was co-organised by the Singapore Civil Defence Force, ASEAN Secretariat, the AHA Centre and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. Due to the constraints of COVID-19, the event was held online. Mr K Shanmugam, Singapore’s Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law as well as the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Disaster Management (AMMDM) Chair 2021, delivered this year’s opening remarks. With the theme, “Advancing Disaster Management: Into a Future of Possibilities”, this year’s event sparked discourse on future humanitarian trends as well as identified the challenges and opportunities of the current regional situation. Overall, the robust participant engagement ensured the strengthening of the building blocks of international multilateral cooperation.