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Article 20 of AADMER

  1. The ASEAN Co-ordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre) shall be established for the purpose of facilitating co-operation and coordination among the Parties, and with relevant United Nations and international organisations, in promoting regional collaboration.
  2. The AHA Centre shall work on the basis that the Party will act first to manage and respond to disasters. In the event that the Party requires assistance to cope with such a situation, in addition to direct request to any Assisting Entity, it may seek assistance from the AHA Centre to facilitate such request
  3. The AHA Centre shall carry out the functions as set out in ANNEX and any other functions as directed by the Conference of the Parties.

AHA Centre Terms of Reference

The ASEAN Co-ordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre) shall be established for the purpose of facilitating co-operation and coordination among the Parties, and with relevant United Nations and international organisations, in promoting regional collaboration. To this end, it shall perform the following functions:

  1. receive and consolidate data as analysed by and recommendations on risk level from the National Focal Points (Article 5.4);
  2. on the basis of such information, disseminate to each Party, through its National Focal Point, the analysed data and risk level arising from the identified hazards (Article 5.4);
  3. where appropriate, conduct analysis on possible regional-level implications (Article 5.4);
  4. receive information regarding available resources for the regional standby arrangements for disaster relief and emergency response (Article 8.4);
  5. facilitate the establishment, maintenance and periodical review of regional standby arrangements for disaster relief and emergency response (Article 8.5);
  6. facilitate periodic review of regional standard operating procedures (Article 8.6);
  7. receive data on earmarked assets and capacities, which may be available for the regional standby arrangements for disaster relief and emergency response, as communicated by each Party, and their updates (Article 9.1);
  8. consolidate, update and disseminate the data on such earmarked assets and capacities, and communicate with the Parties for their utilisation (Article 9.2);
  9. receive information on measures taken by the Parties to mobilise equipment, facilities, materials, human and financial resources required to respond to disasters (Article 10.2);
  10. facilitate joint emergency response (Article 11);
  11. where appropriate, facilitate the processing of exemptions and facilities in respect of the provision of assistance (Article 14.c);
  12. where possible and appropriate, facilitate the processing of transit of personnel, equipment, facilities and materials in respect of the provisions of assistance (Article 16.2);
  13. facilitate activities for technical co-operation (Article 18.2);
  14. facilitate activities for scientific and technical research (Article 19.2);
  15. receive from each Party information on designated National Focal Point and Competent Authorities and any subsequent changes in their designations (Article 22.2); and
  16. regularly and expeditiously provide to the Parties and, as necessary, to relevant international organisations, information referred to in paragraph (xv) above (Article 22.3).