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Shri Kiren Rijiju awards winners of painting competition at AMCDRR

New Delhi: Three winners and three runners-up of a national-level painting competition organised during the inaugural ceremony of AMCDRR were awarded prizes by Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Kiren Rijiju here today.

Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) 2016 is the first major event of the post-2015 development agenda and identifies targets and priority action areas towards reducing disaster risk.

“The message from children on DRR is the strongest one,” said Shri Rijiju, while distributing the prizes.

The first phase of the painting competition, open to schoolchildren aged 10-14 year, was organised by the respective State Disaster Management Authorities (SDMAs). The winners of the State-level competitions participated in the on-the-spot competition held here on Thursday. The theme of the competition was ‘Aapda, Vikas aur Hum’ (Disaster, Progress and We).

Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, who inaugurated the three-day Conference at Vigyan Bhawan, also boosted the morale of the children. Shri Modi greeted and shook hands with the children while they were still painting.

The competition, based on themes related to Disaster Risk Reduction, was aimed at making children realise the need and importance of putting simple and effective measures to make their environment safer and healthier. Their understanding of the notions of hazards and will help build a prepared society by way of involving their friends, parents, schools and neighbourhoods.

A three-member jury comprising a Disaster Management expert and two artists selected the winners, who were given cash prizes, a certificate of recognition and a memento. The competition was organised by National Disaster Management Authority in collaboration with National Disaster Management Institute.

AMCDRR will set the direction for implementation and monitoring of Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR) in the Asian region. The Sendai Framework was adopted by 187 countries, including India, at the Third UN World Conference on DRR in March 2015. It recognises children as agents of change and advocates that they should be given the space and modalities to contribute to DRR.

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