BRICS Disaster Risk Reduction meet adopts Udaipur Declaration

Aug 25, 2016 11:02 IST

The BRICS Countries on 23 August 2016 adopted the Udaipur Declaration during the second meeting of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China & South Africa) Ministers for Disaster Management in Udaipur, Rajasthan.

The aim behind the adoption of the Udaipur Declaration is to  set up a Joint Task Force for disaster risk management for regular dialogue, exchange, mutual support and collaboration among BRICS Countries.

Highlights of the Joint Task Force for disaster risk management
• The Joint Task Force shall consist of one representative from each BRICS country and will be chaired by rotation by the representative of the country holding chairmanship of BRICS during that year.  
• It shall meet on the sidelines of the meeting of the BRICS Ministers for disaster management and may also hold additional meetings as necessary, including through video conferencing.

Joint Action Plan (JAP) for BRICS emergency services (2016-18)
• During the meeting, the countries also finalised the roadmap for implementation of the three-year Joint Action Plan (JAP) for BRICS emergency services (2016-18).
• The JAP was agreed upon at the first meeting of BRICS Ministers for Disaster Management at St. Petersburg in Russia in 2016 itself.
• Through JAP, the countries will work together on exchange of Information on disaster management, research & technology exchange on forecasting and early warning for floods.

Moreover, a technical session on Disaster risk in a changing climate was also held. The session focused on emerging disaster risks as a result of climate change and evolving practices in the area of Disaster Risk Management.

The 8th BRICS Summit will be hosted by India, the current BRICS chair, in Goa in October 2016.

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