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Sendai priorities, resilient infrastructure discussed today at AMCDRR

New Delhi: The Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) 2016 began here today. Inaugurated by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, the Conference will set the road towards resilience by setting the direction for the implementation of the Sendai Framework in the Asian region.

The Sendai Framework (2015-2030) was adopted by at the Third World Conference on DRR in Sendai, Japan in March, 2015. The SFDRR identifies targets and priority action areas towards reducing disaster risk – ‘reducing the damage caused by natural hazards like earthquakes, floods, droughts and cyclones, through an ethic of prevention’.

Over the next three days, ministers, heads of delegations, disaster management experts and other stakeholders will deliberate upon specific issues related to DRR.

Dr. P.K. Mishra, Additional Secretary to the Prime Minister, chaired the featured event ‘Disaster Risk Resilient Infrastructure for Sustainable Development’. It was aimed at minimising creation of future risks and achieving sustainable development in the Asian region.

Four technical sessions based on the four priorities of the Sendai Framework -Understanding Disaster Risk, Disaster Risk Governance, Investing in Disaster Risk Reduction for resilience and Disaster Preparedness for effective response and ‘to build back better’ – were held today.

The first technical session aimed at enhancing the understanding of disaster risk in Asia in the context of changing climate and attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The session was led by Indonesia.

The second session, which focussed on strengthening disaster risk governance to support the shift towards risk-resilient development in Asia, was led by Bangladesh.

Mongolia led the technical session on ‘Investing in Disaster Risk Reduction for resilience’. This session was aimed at increasing both public and private sector investment in disaster risk prevention to increase social, economic, health and cultural resilience.

The fourth technical session on effective response and building back better, led by Japan, aimed at sharing knowledge and experiences of how disaster preparedness for effective response and to ‘build back better’ in recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction saves lives and protects development.

Eleven thematic sessions, led by governments, NGOs, academics, etc., delved at length on specific issues related to DRR such as Community Resilience, Early Warning Systems, Making Heritage Risk Resilient, etc.

Two technical sessions, two featured events and eleven thematic sessions will be held on November 4, 2016.

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