A. Initiatives under Planning:
Joint Urban Earthquake Search and Rescue Exercise of SCO Member States is proposed to be held from 18th – 21st November, 2019 and tenth Meeting of the Heads of Departments of Disaster Prevention of SCO Member States on 22nd November, 2019. However, final dates of these events will be finalized with the consent of all SCO Member states. MEA already requested to convey the consent of member States. These initiatives were announced by Hon’ble Home Minister during the 9th Meeting of Heads of Government authorities of Shanghai Cooperation organization (SCO) member states, dealing with the prevention and elimination of emergency situations held on 24th – 25th August, 2017 in Kyrgyz Republic.
2nd BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise-2020 is proposed to be held from 11-13 Feb, 2020 in Puri, Odisha. Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Nepal and Bhutan being member States are likely be participate in this exercise. This initiative was announced by Hon’ble Prime minister during the Fourth BIMSTEC Summit held in Kathmandu, Nepal from 30-31 August 2018.
B. Initiatives already Accomplished:
The Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India had organized the first India-Japan Workshop on Disaster Risk Reduction on 19-20 March 2018 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. The workshop was attended by 150 domain experts from Japan and India. The two-day workshop was the follow-up of the Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) signed between the Government of India and the Government of Japan on Cooperation in the field of Disaster Management, which was signed during the visit of Prime Minister of Japan, Mr. Shinjo Abe to India in 2017. The workshop deliberated on various themes viz. disaster management policy framework, risk assessment, disaster resilient infrastructure, early warning system, preparedness by sub-national governments and approaches by the private sector.
2nd Indo-Japan Workshop on Disaster Risk Reduction was held back-to-back with National Conference for promoting Disaster Risk Reduction (NCPDRR) from 13th-15th October, 2018 in Tokyo, Japan. The theme of the workshop was “Preparing for large-scale disasters- Strengthening a network of collaboration in a community”.
Ministry of Home Affairs has successfully organized the 3rd Indo-Japan Workshop on Disaster Risk Reduction on 18th March 2019 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. The workshop was attended by about 140 delegates from Japan and India including experts from both the governments, top premium research institutes, city administrators, specialized disaster management agencies and private sector. The objective of the workshop was enhancing collaboration between research institutes, cities and the private sector in the field of Disaster Risk Reduction.
The Hon'ble PM in his 10 point Agenda on DRR during AMCDRR-2016, proposed to set-up a “Coalition on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI)” among the partner countries. A Task Force set up under the chairpersonship of Secretary (East), MEA on 18th August 2017 to prepare a plan for the establishment of CDRI. Task Force submitted its report in May 2018. Two International Workshop on “Disaster Resilient Infrastructure” (IWDRI) have been organized on 15-16 January 2018 and 19-20 March 2019 in New Delhi.
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2nd IWDRI was held on 19-20 March, 2019 in New Delhi. More than 200 delegates including experts from 33 countries, multilateral development banks, the United Nations, the private sector, academics and national representatives of Central Government and State Governments attended the event. Deliberation held on best global practices prevailing in the resilient infrastructure, key challenges and gaps in existing practices, potential areas for collaboration.
As announced in the Union Budget, a proposal of Rs. 60 crore for different activities for setting up of CDRI has been approved. A Personal Deposit (PD) Account for setting up of CDRI has been opened in NDMA and Rs. 12.1660 crore for CDRI has been transferred to PD Account. NDMA is preparing a blue print on the structure, schedule and funding pattern of CDRI.”.
The Government of the Republic of India hosted the first Annual Disaster Management Exercise for ‘Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi- Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation’ (BIMSTEC) countries (BIMSTEC DMEx-2017) on 10-13 October 2017 in New Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR).
BIMSTEC DMEx-2017 provided a very good platform for sharing best practices and experience to all member countries involving their response teams. During the simulation exercise, various components viz. Table Top Exercise (TTX), Field Training Exercise (FTX) and After Action Review (AAR) facilitate in demonstrating the important aspects of Disaster Risk Reduction, strengthening regional response and coordination for effective disaster management among the BIMSTEC member countries. About 200 disaster professionals from all seven BIMSTEC countries participated for the first time in tabletop and field exercises.
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The Government of India, in collaboration with the United Nation International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), hosted the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) 2016 in New Delhi from 3-5 November 2016. Delegations from 41 Asia and Asia Pacific countries participated in the Conference. Besides, few countries were represented through their respective Embassies stationed in New Delhi. In addition, representatives of UN agencies, NGOs and other local stakeholders like Union Ministers, Deputy Chief Minister and Ministers of States/UTs, Secretaries of Union Ministries, Chief Secretaries, Director General of Police, Relief Commissioners, Secretaries of the States/UTs, Members of District Disaster Management Authorities, Senior functionaries of Zilla Parishads, Municipal Corporations and Municipal Councils and experts in the field of disaster management etc. also attended the Conference.
The theme of AMCDRR 2016 was “Risk Sensitive Development for Community Resilience”. The Conference had six Technical Sessions, three Featured Events, three Ministerial Sessions and 22 Thematic Events on various cross- cutting and impinging issues such as strengthening community resilience, risk resilient critical infrastructure, implementing the health aspects of Sendai framework, promoting educational continuity and resilience of children and communities, disaster risk identification and financing solutions etc. The Conference concluded with (i) a Political Declaration, reaffirming the government and stakeholders’ commitment to Disaster Risk Reduction, and (ii) Adoption of Asia Regional Plan for implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.
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The Government of India and United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction(UNISDR) signed a Statement of Cooperation in November 2016 during the second day of the AMCDRR 2016, in New Delhi. 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 partnered 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 statement was officially signed by Shri. Bipin Mallick, Additional Secretary, Government of India and Mr. Robert Glasser, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction.
The Meeting of BRICS Ministers for Disaster Management was held on 22 - 23 August, 2016 in Udaipur, Rajasthan. The Udaipur Declaration agreed for setting up a Joint Task Force on Disaster Risk Management (DRM) for regular dialogue, exchange, mutual support and collaboration among BRICS countries. The joint Task Force is expected to initiate the actions as agreed in the Roadmap for implementation of the Joint Action Plan signed by the BRICS countries at the Udaipur Meet.
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The Government of India organized the South Asian Annual Disaster Management Exercise (SAADMex) from 23-26 November 2015, in New Delhi. The main objective was to synchronize efforts to institutionalize regional cooperation on disaster response among SAARC member countries.
All the SAARC member countries participated in first ever joint exercise conducted by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) of India. The focus was to test the inter-governmental coordination and create synergy to synchronize efforts to institutionalize regional cooperation on disaster response among the member countries of the SAARC region.
It was followed by the SAARC Regional Workshop on sharing best practices and to deliberate upon the outcomes of SAADMEX 2015 on 27th November 2015.