New Delhi, November 3: While Inaugurating the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra pointed out the accomplishments of our country to counter natural disasters. Discussing the achievement of our country in the field of disaster management, PM informed that India has a fully functional Indian Ocean Tsunami warning system.
He also informed that similar improvements have been made to tackle Cyclones disasters. “Same goes for improvements in cyclone early warning. If we compare impact of cyclone events in 1999 & 2013, we can see progress made”, said PM.
PM Modi also outlined a ten-point agenda for renewing efforts towards disaster risk reduction. Addressing the gathering PM mdoi put forwards the 10 points and said, “First, all development sectors must imbibe the principles of disaster risk management. Second, work towards risk coverage for all–starting from poor households to SMEs to multi-national corporations to nation states. Third, encourage greater involvement and leadership of women in disaster risk management: Fourth, invest in risk mapping globally. For mapping risks related to hazards like earthquakes we have accepted standards & parameters. Fifth, leverage technology to enhance the efficiency of our disaster risk management efforts”.
“Sixth, develop a network of universities to work on disaster issues. Seventh, utilize the opportunities provided by social media and mobile technologies. Eighth, build on local capacity and initiative. Ninth, opportunity to learn from a disaster must not be wasted. After every disaster there are papers on lessons that are rarely applied. And tenth, bring about greater cohesion in international response to disasters”, he further said.
Enlightening the history and development of Asian region in the field of disasters management, PM said, “A quarter century ago, only a handful of Asian nations had national disaster management institutions. Today, over thirty Asian countries have dedicated institutions leading disaster risk management efforts.
“We in Asia have learnt from disasters. The Asia-Pacific region has been a global leader in more ways than one. Over the last two decades, the world and especially our region has undergone many changes– most of them positive”, PM further said.
Appreciating the efforts of international community towards environment and nature, PM said, “2015 was a momentous year! Apart from Sendai Framework, international community adopted 2 major frameworks to shape future of humanity. They are the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change: We also have to wholeheartedly embrace the spirit of Sendai which calls for an all-of-society approach to disaster risk management.