The ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre) is an inter-governmental organization which aims to facilitate cooperation and coordination among ASEAN Member States and with the United Nations and international organizations for disaster management and emergency response in ASEAN Region.The Centre was established by 10 ASEAN Member States; Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Viet Nam on 17 November 2011, through the signing of the Agreement on the Establishment ofthe ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on management in Bali, Indonesia. The Agreement was signed by ASEAN Foreign Ministers, witnessed by the ASEAN Heads of states. AHA Centre is governed by the members of the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM), which consists of the Heads of the National Disaster Management Offices (NDMOs [linked to NDMOs page]) of ASEAN Member States. Hosted by the Government of Indonesia, the AHA Centre serves the Member States from its Office in Jakarta.
Business Continuity Planning Asia Pte Ltd (BCP Asia) is the region’s leading provider of training and consultancy in Business Continuity Management (BCM), Crisis Management, Disaster Recovery and Enterprise Risk Management. Since being founded in 2000, BCP Asia has led more than 5000 professionals and organizations in Asia to gain world class BCM trainings, internationally-recognized certifications and a state of well-preparedness and resilience to disasters or any business interruptions.
Moreover, BCP Asia is a pioneer in organizing events which are venues and platforms for increasing one’s BCM knowledge and awareness. Much celebrated are its brand of events popularly known as the Asia Business Continuity Conference, Asia Business Continuity Seminar and the BCI Asia Business Continuity Awards – which is the first ever event in the region that celebrates accomplishments in the local BCM scene. Also, in September 2012, BCP Asia became the FIRST training and consultancy firm in Asia to be certified in the new international BCM standard – the ISO22301 : 2012. In 2009, BCP Asia was the FIRST company worldwide to attain dual certification for the British Standard BS25999 : 2007 and the Singapore Standard SS540:2008 in 2009.
Business Continuity Management means is ensuring the continuity or uninterrupted provision of operations and services. Business Continuity Management is an on-going process with several different but complementary elements. Planning for business continuity is a comprehensive process that includes disaster recovery, business recovery, business resumption, and contingency planning.
BCM should be business owned and incorporates a broad spectrum of professional disciplines.
Provides a strategic and operational framework for the company to be more resilient to interruption and loss.It should be an integral part of Corporate Governance.
BCM focuses on assuring continuous business processes and is a major factor in an organization’s survival during and after a disruption. Companies that do not have good business continuity plans often fail to recover from a business disruption.
Established in 1986, ADPC is an independent non-governmental organization. It works in a number of countries in the Asia region including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Saudi-Arabia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, the Philippines, and Vietnam. With headquarters located in Bangkok, Thailand, ADPC has country offices in Bangladesh, Lao PDR and Myanmar. ADPC’s well-established networks with government line agencies and strong partnerships with regional organizations and development agencies provide the foundation for its work.
ADPC deploys disaster risk management (DRM) information and systems to reduce local, national and regional risk across Asia-Pacific. Its portfolio focuses on DRM capacity building, improving DRM for cities and climate change, mainstreaming DRM into national and local development, improving DRM systems and undertaking disaster risk assessments. To achieve its aims in disaster risk reduction, ADPC works closely with local, national and regional governments, governmental and non-governmental organizations, donors and development partners.
The Asian Disaster Reduction Center was established in Kobe, Hyogo prefecture, in 1998, with mission to enhance disaster resilience of the member countries, to build safe communities, and to create society where sustainable development is possible. The Center works to build disaster resilient communities and to establish networks among countries through many programs including personnel exchanges in this field.
The Center addresses this issue from a global perspective in cooperation with a variety of UN agencies and international Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR), the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), and the World Health Organization Regional Office for the Western Pacific (WHO/WPRO).