India Saturday suggested that all nations should devise strategies on knowledge sharing, risk information system development and assessment of potential risks to make preparatory movements in advance for any kind of disaster. In his address at the valedictory session at the three-day Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) 2016, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said having made a good beginning in disaster risk reduction, all nations should now ensure that the government and communities analyse their resilience and act on promoting hazard safe sectoral development with greater use of reliable technologies.
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All nations should work in devising strategies on knowledge sharing, risk information system development and assessment of potential risks to make preparatory movements in advance, to make risk-informed decisions to prevent and reduce future hazards, he said.
The Home Minister said everyone should put in place methods of assessing the potential impacts of disasters on national, local economies, communities and the business sector, recognise the perils of growing and often un-planned urbanisation induced by the path of economic development that have been adopted.
Singh said there should be focus on mainstreaming the marginalised sections, who are most vulnerable and suffer irreparable losses in natural or man-made disasters, sharing the knowledge base and advance technologies especially with the under-developed economies and enable investments in multi-hazard early warning systems.
The Home Minister said the conference has provided a platform not only to share each other’s experiences and best practices but also arriving at a consensus roadmap to implement the Sendai Framework in Asia-Pacific region.
He said six technical sessions based on the priorities of the Sendai Framework were organised during the conference. During thematic sessions issues of “Promoting Educational Continuity and Resilience of Children”, “Application of Science and Technology for Disaster Risk Reduction” and “Strategies and Actions for Build Back Better” were discussed.
Singh said the first major outcome is the Asia Regional Plan for Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.
The other major outcome is the New Delhi Declaration, which commits use of enhancing regional cooperation. This includes strengthening the role of inter-governmental organisations for the coherent implementation of the Sendai Framework, as also the broader 2030 sustainable development agenda, and of fostering innovative partnerships, he said.