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The Column AHA Centre News Bulletin: Volume 29, May 2017

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Coordination amongst ASEAN Member States and ASEAN partners is an essential aspect that contributes to the sharing of information and knowledge. This month, the AHA Centre had the honour to host a visit from the African delegation for a meeting focused on “Exploring Shared Pathways to Stronger Climate Resilience and Food Security” as covered in the News Highlight.
In this month’s News Story, we would like to share reviews of the 2nd Meeting of the Project Working Group 1: Strengthening the ASEAN Region Capacity on Disaster Health Management (ARCH Project) and the ASEAN Emergency Response and Assessment Team (ERAT) Transformation Project Steering Committee (PSC) Meeting & Advisory Group Meeting.
ASEAN Member States’ commitment in further strengthening the collective response and realising the “One ASEAN, One Response” vision is becoming increasingly evident. In this vein, we have included an update on the progress of preparations for the ASEAN Satellite Warehouses in the Philippines and Thailand. We also cover the meeting of ASEAN Militaries Ready Group on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (AMRG on ADR) in the News Story section.
In this edition’s The Other Side, we spoke to Ms.
Vanda Lengkong, Plan International’s Disaster Risk Management Specialist for Plan International the Asia Region, to learn about her passion and key responsibilities in supporting the implementation of the Disaster Risk Management strategy for 14 country offices.

Also, this edition will elaborate upon the characteristics of a disaster-resilient community.
We hope these insights will be beneficial for all the readers.
Lastly, if you wish to share suggestions, comments, or anything at all, please do not hesitate to contact us at and we will do the rest.

Sincerely, The Column Editor