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PM Modi outlines 10 principles for better disaster risk management

First, all development sectors must imbibe the principles of disaster risk management, Modi says.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday outline a ten-point agenda for renewing efforts towards disaster risk reduction, stressing that all development sectors must imbibe principles of disaster risk management and encourage greater involvement and leadership of women in disaster risk management.

The Prime Minister said: “2015 was a momentous year! Apart from Sendai Framework, international community adopted two major frameworks to shape future of humanity. They are the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.”

Inaugurating the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in New Delhi, Prime Minister Modi said,  “Over the last two decades, the world and especially our region has undergone many changes- most of them positive. The Asia-Pacific region has been a global leader in more ways than one.”

“We now have a fully functional Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning System. The same goes for improvements in cyclone early warning,” PM Modi said.  If we compare impact of cyclone events in 1999 and 2013, we can see the progress made, he added.

First, all development sectors must imbibe the principles of disaster risk management, Modi elaborated the ten point agenda.

“Second, work towards risk coverage for all-starting from poor households to SMEs to multi-national corporations to nation states. Third, encourage greater involvement and leadership of women in disaster risk management. Fourth, invest in risk mapping globally. For mapping risks related to hazards like earthquakes, we have accepted standards and parameters,” the Prime Minister said.

“Fifth, leverage technology to enhance the efficiency of our disaster risk management efforts. Sixth, develop a network of universities to work on disaster issues. Seventh, utilize the opportunities provided by social media and mobile technologies. Eighth, build on local capacity and initiatives. Ninth, opportunity to learn from a disaster must not be wasted. After every disaster there are papers on lessons that are rarely applied. And tenth, bring about greater cohesion in international response to disasters,” he added.

A quarter century ago, only a handful of Asian nations had national disaster management institutions, he said.”Today, over thirty Asian countries have dedicated institutions leading disaster risk management efforts.We have to wholeheartedly embrace the spirit of Sendai which calls for an all-of-society approach to disaster risk management.”

 

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