Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 3 November 2016 inaugurated the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) in New Delhi. Aim of the 3-day conference is to find ways for better management of disaster risk.
The conference will come out with a declaration consolidating the political commitment of governments towards preventing and reducing risk as well as strengthening resilience by accelerating implementation.
Inaugurating the Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction Modi outlined a ten-point agenda for renewing efforts towards disaster risk reduction. The 10-point agenda includes
• All development sectors must imbibe the principles of disaster risk management
• Network of universities should be developed to work on disaster issues.
• He emphasised on working towards risk coverage for all, which starts from poor households to small and medium enterprises, as well as multi-national corporations to nation states.
• He asked to encourage involvement and leadership of women as they are the biggest sufferers of any disaster.
• He called for global investment in risk mapping.
• Leveraging on technology to enhance the efficiency of the disaster risk management efforts
• Utilise the opportunities provided by social media and mobile technologies.
• He also called for building on local capacity and initiative
• Opportunity to learn from a disaster must not be wasted.
• Bring about greater cohesion in international response to disasters.
Besides, he also asked all countries to embrace the spirit of Sendai Framework which calls for an all-of-society approach to disaster risk management.
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