The two-day meeting of BRICS nations on disaster management concluded in Udaipur on Tuesday with the countries resolving to set up a Joint Task Force for Disaster Risk Management.
Terming it a “new milestone for collaboration and cooperation among BRICS countries in the field of disaster management,” Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju said that the meeting successfully adopted the Udaipur Declaration whereby it was resolved to set up a dedicated Joint Task Force for Disaster Risk Management for regular dialogue, exchange, mutual support and collaboration among BRICS countries.
The meeting also finalised the road map for implementation of the three-year Joint Action Plan (JAP) for BRICS emergency services. The JAP was agreed upon at the first meeting of BRICS Ministers for Disaster Management at St. Petersburg in Russia earlier this year.
Rijiju said the meeting agreed on a road map for implementation of the Joint Action Plan “where all of us have resolved to work together on exchange of information and experiences on disaster management, exchange of research and technology on forecasting and early warning for floods and extreme weather events, and capacity building of stakeholders for disaster management”.
Officials said that BRICS nations have made a “clear move from relief-centric to a holistic approach to disasters” with a greater emphasis on prevention, mitigation and preparedness, which underscores the importance of forecasting and early warning systems to help authorities in alerting the communities as well as responding swiftly to a situation.
Summing up the takeaways from the meeting, R K Jain, member, National Disaster Management Authority, said, “It came out clearly during the meeting that all member countries face similar challenges. Mainstreaming of disaster risk reduction, use of advanced technology in providing early warning, need for adequate funding to deal with rehabilitation and reconstruction after a disaster and the impact of climate change on disasters are common challenges faced by all of us.” India, the current BRICS chair, will host the 8th BRICS Summit in Goa later this year in October.