Asia is a region that has been badly affected by a multitude of disasters since the past two decades, and the possibilities of new disasters affecting the region in the coming years is very high. Natural and man-made disasters are on the rise. Many regions in Asia are considered to be in the disaster risk belts: cyclones, tornados, earthquakes, and tsunami are among the few examples of recurring hazards in the region. Climate change, political instabilities, rapid urbanization, and human ecology are some of the main contributing factors that may trigger humanitarian crisis situation in the coming years. Moreover, urban vulnerability leading to major urban humanitarian disasters will be another phenomenon that will affect the region. This means that the region will need to be well prepared to mitigate these risks.
Caritas Member Organizations in Asia, in line with the strategic goals of the confederation and the region, are highly committed to consistently improve both institutions and personnel capacities in responding to the occurring humanitarian crisis in the region. The strategic objectives for 2017 - 2020 are as following:
- Create mechanisms for emergency response
- Enhance the capacity of Member Organizations in emergency response
- Provide and lead a platform for coordinated representation to the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) and the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR)