Jakarta: Representatives from ASEAN sectoral bodies on disaster management, health and social welfare development convened in a high-level roundtable on October 14 to discuss accelerated actions in addressing the covid-19 pandemic.
The roundtable took place during the official launch of the ASEAN Guidelines on Disaster Responsive Social Protection to Increase Resilience, a collaborative effort among the three sectors with support from the United Nations (UN), the European Union (EU), the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Canadian government.
Over 200 participants from ASEAN Sectors, policy makers, CSOs, NGOs/INGOs, academies and think tanks, as well as national and international partners/organisations attended the roundtable.
Developed in 2017-2019, the Guidelines aims to provide a framework, guiding principles and key considerations that are critical for social protection programmes to deliver on resilience outcomes.
It also identifies practical steps for policy makers and practitioners in the concerned sectors to work together in building the necessary blocks for leveraging adaptive social protection systems based on ASEAN Member States’ case studies.
"The development and implementation of the Guidelines will accelerate coherent actions across sectors, including the implementation of the AADMER Work Programme, the ASEAN Declaration and Regional Implementation Framework on Social Protection, as well as the ASEAN Post-2015 Health Development Agenda and other regional frameworks," said Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Kung Phoak issued on Monday.
Covid-19 has created a devastating blow to ASEAN and the world economy, It threatens food security, livelihoods and disproportionately impact the vulnerable groups such as children, older persons, people with disabilities, women and youth.
Protecting these most vulnerable individuals require for social protection to go beyond poverty reduction objectives, and the Guidelines will help reach this goal. It also calls for an urgent action for shock-responsive social protection systems and a multi-sectoral approach.