Prime Minister Narendra Modi to inaugurate AMCDRR tomorrow
New Delhi: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh briefed the media here on Wednesday on the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction,2016.
Rajnath Singh shared the following information with the journalists in addition to answering their question: –
“The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) 2016 here tomorrow. This is the first major inter-governmental event after the adoption of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR).
Scheduled to be held from November 3-5, 2016, this Conference will pave the way towards implementation of this Framework in the Asian region. It will also devise a mechanism for monitoring its progress.
The Sendai Framework, adopted at the third UN World Conference in Sendai, Japan in March, 2015, is the first major agreement of the post-2015 development agenda and identifies targets and priority action areas towards reducing disaster risk. India is committed to address issues concerning DRR and strengthen resilience to disasters.
To realise this, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched India’s first National Disaster Management Plan, designed in line with the priorities defined in the Sendai Framework, earlier this year.
The hosting of the AMCDRR 2016 reaffirms India’s commitment to the cause of DRR.
The Conference will discuss issues related to DRR in 6 technical, 22 thematic and 3 featured sessions during the Conference.
The technical events will be broadly based on themes related to Risk Sensitive Development for Community Resilience.
All the three featured events – Risk Resilient Infrastructure for Sustainable Development, Application of Science and Technology for prevention of new risks and Regional Cooperation – will be chaired by India.
Led by governments as well as NGOs, academics and other stakeholders, the thematic sessions will be held in parallel on 3rd and Nov 4.
These sessions will dwell on issues such as Gender sensitive DRR, Child-centered DRR etc., at length.
Various DRR-centric activities will be organised during the Conference to spread awareness about disaster risk reduction and its role in safeguarding lives, livelihoods and infrastructure.
These activities include a national-level painting competition for schoolchildren aged 10-14 years, a short films competition and an exhibition to showcase best practices in DRR.
While the winners of the painting competition will be felicitated by the Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Nov 3, the winners of the Short Film Festival will be felicitated during the closing of the Conference.