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India Called for Enhanced Global Partnership in Disaster Management
Mar 21, 2015

India called for enhanced global cooperation in pursuing effective disaster management and help all communities to become self-reliant in mitigating the impacts of disasters. Chairing a ministerial round table during the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction' in Sendai, Japan, Home Minister Rajnath Singh appealed to all countries to reaffirm their commitment for strengthening support mechanisms through international cooperation.

  • This ministerial round table was one of the most important round tables focusing on the issue of global cooperation for disaster risk reduction in post-2015 framework.

  • India said it is committed to offer all support to the international efforts in disaster risk reduction and achieving substantive outcome in this direction.

  • India stressed on identifying strategic areas that require international partnership to support the implementation of the programme.

  • Over 35 countries from Asia-Pacific, Africa, Americas, Europe, as well as eight international organisations deliberated on generating ideas to bring about better international cooperation for disaster risk reduction.

  • The participants agreed that efforts should not be limited to post-disaster relief and reconstruction, and that development activities and paradigm should integrate disaster risk reduction strategies.

  • Apart from the conference, India said the exemplary courage and resilience of the people of Japan and expressed solidarity in their reconstruction efforts after the east Japan earthquake of March 2011.

  • Japan acknowledged contribution of the 46-member Indian National Disaster Response Force, which was one of the foreign teams to arrive in Japan after the earthquake of March 2011.

  • India-Japan exchanged views on possible bilateral cooperation in the area of disaster management, police training and modernisation.

  • Apart from the conference, India-Russia exchanged views on enhancing the ongoing cooperation in dealing with emergency situations, natural disasters as well as encouraging greater institutional linkages between research and training institutes in the area of disaster management.

  • India-Russia also discussed possible use for space-based technologies for averting natural disasters and their management.


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