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Thailand and the Republic of Korea will co-host the ASEAN Regional Forum Disaster Relief Exercise (ARF DiREx) 2013 Final Planning Conference (FPC)

On 1 - 3 April 2013, Thailand and the Republic of Korea will co-host the ASEAN Regional Forum Disaster Relief Exercise (ARF DiREx) 2013 Final Planning Conference (FPC) in Cha-am, Phetchaburi, Thailand. The Conference will be co-chaired by Mr. Arthayudh Srisamoot, Director-General of the Department of ASEAN Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand and Ms. Oh Young Ju, Deputy Director-General of the Development Cooperation Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of Korea.

The ARF DiREx 2013 reflects Thailand?s commitment and active role in disaster management and will serve as a platform for networking and exchange of expertise and best practices among ARF members and relevant international agencies. The main organizers for Thailand are the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, Ministry of Interior, and the Ministry of Defense.

First held in 2009, the ARF DiREx takes place every two years and are co-hosted by one ASEAN Member State and one non ASEAN ARF member. The exercise aims to enhance civilian-military coordination and cooperation in disaster relief as well as to promote exchange of expertise and best practices in disaster management among ARF participants. ARF Members include the ten ASEAN Member States, ASEAN Dialogue Partners (Australia, Canada, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Russia, the United States and the European Union) and other countries in Asia-Pacific (Bangladesh, Democratic People?s Republic of Korea, Mongolia, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, and Timor-Leste).

The FPC will bring together about 250 representatives from ARF members and relevant regional and international agencies including United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre). The FPC will finalize the details of ARF DiREx 2013, which will be held on 7 - 11 May 2013, in Cha-am, Phetchaburi, Thailand.