Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction
Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) is an intergovernmental conference held to discuss disaster mitigation. Its inaugural meeting was held in New Delhi, in November 2016, after the introduction of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. The conference has been hosted by GoI in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). The motive of such a conference was to diminish disaster risks. After the Indian Ocean tsunami came in 2004, India was among the five countries that were very poorly affected and took the prime initiative to endorse creating new laws for disaster risk management.
Established in 2005, AMCDRR is a biennial conference jointly organized by different Asian countries and the UNISDR. So far, six AMCDRR conferences have been organized. India had also hosted the second AMCDRR in New Delhi in 2007.
Purpose of AMCDRR
- Transforming the commitments made in Sendai by the governments into visible action.
- Deciding the direction for monitoring and implementation of the Sendai Framework.
AMCDRR 2016 recently came to an end with the adoption of the ‘New Delhi Declaration’ and the ‘Asian Regional Plan for Implementation of the Sendai Framework’. The hosting of the Conference re-affirms India’s commitment to the cause of Disaster Risk Reduction. This was the first AMCDRR after the adoption of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRRR).
AMCDRR 2016 will focus on collaboration, consultation and partnership with governments and stakeholders to mainstream DRR in the region’s development narrative.
10 Points Agenda
- Insurance coverage to all
- Using social media, print media and other communication channel in transforming the disaster response.
- Involvement of women in disaster risk management.
- To identify earthquake, volcanoes and other disaster prone zone
- The new infrastructure should be planned under the standards of disaster safety and technologies of disaster resilient.
- Include disaster related study materials and curriculum in university
- Using expertise, technology and resources in a collaborative manner, so both developed and developing countries come together and compliment each-other strength in fighting disaster
- Bring about greater cooperation among international response to disasters.
- To enhance local capacity based on using the best traditional practices of indigenous people.
- Research should be done and papers should be released so that more preparedness can be kept when a same kind of tragedy happens again.
First World Tsunami Awareness Day:
AMCDRR 2016 commemorated the first World Tsunami Awareness Day (Nov 5) to spread awareness on tsunami. The observance of the day stressed on the importance of early warning systems and the preparedness of communities in order to diminish damage from the often devastating natural hazard.