The office of Asian and Pacific Centre for Development of Disaster Information Management (APDIM) will be officially opened in Tehran on 19 December 2018.
High level officials form the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (ESCAP) as well as state members of APDIM Governing Council and a number of delegates from Asian and Pacific countries will attend the ceremony for the opening of the Centre.
In accordance with the ESCAP resolution 71/11 adopted in 2015, APDIM is established in the Islamic Republic of Iran with the aim of reducing the risk and negative impact of disasters in Asia and the Pacific by enhancing capacities of the countries and organizations of the region in disaster information management.
With the close cooperation and generous contributions of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the process for the establishment of APDIM has been finalized in 2018 and the Centre is ready to provide its services to the countries of the region. The opening of the Centre will be followed by the third session of the Governing Council of APDIM in the Centre’s premises on 19 December.
The opening of APDIM office will be preceded by a High-level Expert Consultation meeting on disaster information management in Tehran on 18-19 December. High level representatives from Asian and Pacific countries and a number of regional and international organizations will discuss enhancement of disaster information management in Asia and Pacific to reduce risk of disaster and enhance resilience toward achieving the sustainable development goals.
APDIM’s programmes are focused around three service lines:
Firstly, it will serve as a knowledge and information repository for all disaster related data in the region.
Secondly, APDIM will lead on capacity development by developing knowledge management tools and facilities such as e-learning platforms for disaster risk resilience with specific training modules.
Thirdly, APDIM will deliver information services on cross-border disasters to the countries and organizations of the region.