• The Center will be established as a subsidiary body of ESCAP and will be governed by the administrative and financial rules and regulation of the United Nations;
• The membership to the Centre will be identical to the membership of ESCAP including members and associate members;
• The Governing Board of the Centre is composed of 10 member States which will be elected by the ESCAP for four years, and which oversee and direct the policies, strategies, plan and budget, and activities of the Centre;
• To ensure a participatory approach in the activities of the Centre, and to assist the management of the Centre a Technical-Advisory Committee composed of high level experts from various countries of the region will be established. The Committee will meet on regular basis and will provide strategic support to planning and program implementation of the Center;
• The Centre will maintain a close cooperation and coordination relation with the ESCAP Secretariat and its sub-regional Offices in New Delhi and Almaty to ensure consistency in regional planning and program implementation and avoid gaps and overlaps;
• In terms of human resources, in addition to the permanent staff, the Centre will strategically benefit from the available resources at national and regional levels by developing appropriate mechanisms such as networks of experts, technical forums, short-term assignments, etc.;
• The Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran will take the required legal actions in order to provide the necessary administrative and legal facilities for the Centre including conclusion of headquarters
The mission of the Center, as outlined by the resolution, is to reduce and mitigate losses and damages resulting from natural hazards by:
• developing the capacities and capabilities of the countries and organizations of the region
• strengthening regional cooperation on information sharing and management for disaster risk reduction
The Centre would commence its functions and programmes with a focus on the more vulnerable sub-regions of Asia and the Pacific.
BACKGROUND AND VISION
The idea for the establishment of APDIM goes back to the 60th Session of the UNESCAP Commission held in April 2004. The proposal was welcome by member states and ultimately adopted during the 67th ESCAP Commission Session through Resolution 67/4, which included the following major points:
•Establishment of Asian and Pacific Centre for the Development of Disaster Information Management (APDIM) in the Islamic Republic of Iran.
•Invite member Countries to participate actively in the process of developing the programme of the APDIM and to support its activities.
•Encourage the UN and other International and Regional organizations and agencies/NGOs to support the establishment of the APDIM.
The Resolution also outlined the following strategic directions:
•Contribution to development of disaster information management capacities at national and regional levels
•Holistic approach in dealing with disaster information management with due attention to hazards, vulnerabilities, and exposure the context of development
•Building on existing regional capacities, experiences, and initiatives in a complementary way
•Focus on more disaster prone sub-regions e.g. South and South West Asia as well as North and Central Asia