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Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction
Nov 08, 2016

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the three-day (3-5 November) 2016 Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) in New Delhi. The conference was organised by Union Government in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).

Key Points

  • This was the first AMCDRR after the advent of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRRR), adopted at the third UN World Conference in Sendai, Japan in March, 2015. It set the direction of Sendai Framework implementation in the region.
  • The conference aimed at transforming the commitments of governments and stakeholders during the Sendai Conference into national and local action.
  • The meet focused on collaboration, consultation and partnership with governments and stakeholders to mainstream DRR in the region’s development narrative.
  • The conference adopted the ‘Asian Regional Plan for Implementation of the Sendai Framework’ endorsed by the Asian countries.
  • It also consolidated the political commitment of governments towards preventing and reducing risk as well as strengthening resilience in the form of a political declaration.

India-UNISDR sign Statement of Cooperation on Sendai Framework: India and United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction signed a Statement of Cooperation during Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR).

The Statement underlined the guiding principles, objectives and areas of cooperation between India and UNISDR towards the effective implementation and monitoring of the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR), which was adopted at the Third World Conference on DRR at Sendai in Japan in March, 2015. 

  • India will partner with UNISDR to work towards strengthening the capacity of Asian countries in ensuring risk resilient development. It will also facilitate the sharing of knowledge and experiences, and collaborative efforts towards addressing critical regional challenges. 
  • The cooperation aims to ensure effective implementation and monitoring of the Sendai Framework through Training and capacity building for Asian countries; promoting international and regional cooperation to reinforce political commitment, facilitate knowledge sharing and strengthen the capacity of UNISDR for monitoring and review of the Sendai Framework. 

The three-day Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) 2016 came to an end with the adoption of the ‘New Delhi Declaration’ and the ‘Asian Regional Plan for Implementation of the Sendai Framework’. The Closing ceremony was presided over by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

New Delhi Declaration: The ‘New Delhi Declaration’ is a political statement spelling out the commitment of participating governments towards preventing and reducing disaster risk, and strengthening the resilience of communities, nations and the Asian region. Recognising the need to accelerate the implementation of global frameworks, it commits to a people-centred and whole-of-society approach towards DRR. It also emphasises the need to enhance the capacity of communities and ensure participation of all stakeholder groups towards achieving resilience.

Asian Regional Plan: The ‘Asian Regional Plan for Implementation of the Sendai Framework’ focuses on the ‘How to’ reduce disaster risk at national and local levels. It has arrived at a longer term road map of cooperation and collaboration, spanning the 15-year horizon of the Sendai Framework, as well as a two-year action plan to further disaster risk reduction with specific, actionable activities.

Voluntary action statements of stakeholder groups towards a ‘shared responsibility’ approach in implementation of the SFDRR were also made.

  • Established in 2005, AMCDRR is a biennial conference jointly organised by different Asian countries and the UNISDR.
  • So far, six AMCDRR conferences have been organised. India had also hosted the second AMCDRR in New Delhi in 2007. 
  • The next AMCDRR will be held in Mongolia in 2018.

 


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