The Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) 2016 on 5 November 2016 came to an end with the adoption of the New Delhi Declaration and the Asian Regional Plan for Implementation of the Sendai Framework.
The Closing ceremony of the Conference was presided over by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. This three-day Conference was held in Delhi.
This was the first Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) after the advent of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 (SFDRR).
Highlights of New Delhi Declaration
• The New Delhi Declaration is a political statement depicting the commitment of participating governments towards preventing and reducing disaster risk and strengthening the resilience of communities, nations and the Asian region.
• Recognising the need to accelerate the implementation of global frameworks, it commits to a people-centred and whole-of-society approach towards DRR.
• It also emphasises the need to enhance the capacity of communities and ensure participation of all stakeholder groups towards achieving resilience.
Highlights of Asian Regional Plan for Sendai Framework
• The Asian Regional Plan for Implementation of the Sendai Framework focuses on the ways to reduce disaster risk at national and local levels.
• It has longer term road map of cooperation and collaboration for 15-year horizon of the Sendai Framework.
• Besides, it also has a two-year action plan to further disaster risk reduction with specific, actionable activities.
About Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030
• Sendai Framework is the first major agreement of the post-2015 development agenda, with seven targets and four priorities for action.
• It was endorsed by the UN General Assembly following the 2015 Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) in March, 2015.
• It is the successor instrument to the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) 2005-2015: Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters.
• It identifies targets and priority action areas towards reducing disaster risk by reducing the damage caused by natural hazards like earthquakes, floods, droughts and cyclones.
• It aims for the substantial reduction of disaster risk and losses in lives, livelihoods and health and in the economic, physical, social, cultural and environmental assets of persons, businesses and countries.
About Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR)
• Established in 2005, the AMCDRR is a biennial conference jointly organized by different Asian countries and the United Nations Office for Disaster RiskReduction (UNISDR).
• It serves as a forum for stakeholders to take a shared responsibility and make actionable commitments towards implementation of DRR in the Asia region.
• So far, countries in Asia in collaboration with UNISDR, have organized six AMCDRR conferences.
• The next AMCDRR will be held in Mongolia in 2018.
What: Adopted at AMCDRR 2016
When: 5 November 2016