The Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju has presented the “Country Statement” at a Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR) being held at Cancun in Mexico since May 22 --highlighting the steps taken by India after the adoption of the Sendai Framework.
The UN General Assembly, following the 2015 Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR), had endorsed the Sendai Framework, 2015-2030, with seven targets and four priorities for action.
Minister Rijiju has informed the gathering on National Disaster Management Plan launched by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in June 2016, which aligns with the Sendai priorities, the Ministry of Home Affairs said on Wednesday.
He added, “At Regional level, India had hosted the first Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction after the adoption of Sendai Framework in November 2016, which brought together more than 50 countries from the Asia-Pacific and adopted the Asia Regional Plan for the implementation of Sendai Framework.”
“Through strengthening statistical capacity, India is putting in place systems for monitoring progress and taking practical steps towards achievement of Sendai targets.
“With regards to Target A, India is analyzing the patterns of disaster mortality, both spatially and temporally, for different hazards and taking focused, urgent steps to reduce preventable deaths. India is on course towards achieving Target E of the Sendai framework pertaining to development of plans and strategies by 2020.”
Positioning India’s strong sense of commitment towards Target F and G of the Sendai Framework, the Minister also highlighted the launch of South Asia Geostationary Communication Satellite on May 7, 2017.
The launch of this satellite aims to support and improve communication, weather forecasting, natural resource mapping, disaster information transfer etc., among the South Asian countries.
Meanwhile, the Minister has held bilateral meetings on the sidelines of GPDRR with Indonesia and Mongolia, Bureaucracy Today has learnt.
He is leading a high level Indian delegation to GPDRR at Cancun, Mexico that will last till May 26, 2017.