1. PM Narendra Modi unveils his 10-pt Disaster Risk Reduction mantra

PM Narendra Modi unveils his 10-pt Disaster Risk Reduction mantra

In his speech on Wednesday at the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, the first major inter-governmental event after the adoption of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR), Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced his 10-point mantra.

By: | New Delhi | Published: November 3, 2016 11:54 AM
 The conference is intended to pave the way for implementation of the framework in the region. (PTI) The conference is intended to pave the way for implementation of the framework in the region. (PTI)

In his speech on Wednesday at the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, the first major inter-governmental event after the adoption of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR), Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced his 10-point mantra. The conference is intended to pave the way for implementation of the framework in the region. Adopted at the third UN World Conference in Sendai, Japan in March, 2015, the Sendai Framework is the first major agreement of the post-2015 development agenda. Underlining the importance of the initiative, PM Modi said, “We have to wholeheartedly embrace the spirit of Sendai which calls for an all-of-society approach to disaster risk management. Same goes for improvements in cyclone early warning. If we compare impact of cyclone events in 1999 & 2013, we can see progress made.” He added, “We now have a fully functional Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning System.” Here is what PM Modi said at the conference in 10 brief points:
* First, all development sectors must imbibe the principles of disaster risk management: PM

* Second, work towards risk coverage for all–starting from poor households to SMEs to multi-national corporations to nation states: PM

* Third, encourage greater involvement and leadership of women in disaster risk management: PM

* Fourth, invest in risk mapping globally. For mapping risks related to hazards like earthquakes we have accepted standards & parameters: PM

* Fifth, leverage technology to enhance the efficiency of our disaster risk management efforts: PM

* Sixth, develop a network of universities to work on disaster issues: PM

* Seventh, utilize the opportunities provided by social media and mobile technologies: PM

* Eighth, build on local capacity and initiative: PM

* Ninth, opportunity to learn from a disaster must not be wasted. After every disaster there are papers on lessons that are rarely applied: PM

* And tenth, bring about greater cohesion in international response to disasters: PM

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