AADMER serves as a common platform and regional policy backbone for disaster management in the ASEAN region. The AADMER Work Programme outlines a detailed structure of activities of the region’s disaster management priorities over five-year periods. The ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM) provides oversight to the implementation of the Work Programme and reports directly to the Ministers in charge of Disaster Management, who also serve as Conference of the Parties (COP). As the Governing Board of the AHA Centre, the ACDM provides further guidance to the AHA Centre, as the primary operational engine for AADMER.

The AADMER 2021-2025 Work Programme is guided by the vision set by the AADMER to “build a region of disaster-resilient nations, mutually assisting and complementing one another, sharing a common bond in minimising adverse effects of disasters in pursuit of safer communities and sustainable development”. The mission is to “enhance and support ASEAN’s disaster risk reduction and disaster management capabilities through inter-sectoral cooperation, capacity building, scalable innovation, resource mobilisation, new partnerships, and stronger coordination among ASEAN Member States”. The AWP 2021-2025 has five (5) priority programmes namely: 1. Risk Assessment and Monitoring (RAM) 2. Prevention and Mitigation (P&M) 3. Preparedness and Response (P&R) 4. Resilient Recovery (RR) 5. Global Leadership (GL). It is complemented with a web-based Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) system that will allow the ACDM to systematically monitor implementation progress and the achievement of results.