Greetings fellow ASEANers!
Over the years, the AHA Centre has served as the coordinating agency to facilitate ASEAN Member States' efforts to achieve 'One ASEAN, One Response' and realise disaster-resilient and safer communities. The AHA Centre has continuously progressed since its inception in 2011 with the guidance of the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM) as its Governing Board. Recently, the ACDM as the AHA Centre's Governing Board met during the 30th ACDM Meeting and other related meetings in Vientiane, Lao PDR. An overview of the meetings is captured in this edition's News Highlight. This month, the AHA Centre also took part in several other meetings, including the 2nd ASEAN CMCoord Workshop 2017 in Thailand and the TEMPEST EXPRESS-30 in Jakarta. It was also an exciting month for us as we concluded our signature event, the 7th ASEAN-ERAT Induction Course in Malaysia. You may read the review and results of these meetings, all covered exclusively in the News Story section. In this edition, we are delighted to have Mr. Herve Gazeau to share his aspirations and experiences in the section of The Other Side. With more than 10 years of experience in the field of humanitarian and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), Mr. Gazeau is now the DRR Manager to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in Thailand. Also, to broaden our knowledge on disaster situations within countries in the ASEAN region, we provide Brunei Darussalam's disaster management overview in this edition's Insight, as well as its government structure for disaster management.
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