MOS for home affairs Kiren Rijiju to attend Asian ministerial conference in Bangkok next week

Written By kom nampultig on Jumat, 20 Juni 2014 | 08.20

NEW DELHI: A high-level Indian delegation, led by minister of state for home affairs Kiren Rijiju, will be engaging with Asian leaders in Bangkok next week in an inter-governmental meeting to draw up a strategy for inclusion of Asia's agenda in the successor to the Hyogo Framework.

The Asian ministerial conference will review 10 years of implementation of the Hyogo Framework of Action and discuss how to deal with increasing disaster risks, which are seriously threatening development gains and the region's economies.

"It is also the final opportunity for the region to discuss the Asian issues that will be included in the successor to the Hyogo Framework that will be announced at the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in March 2015 in Sendai, Japan," said a press note from the UN office for disaster risk reduction (UNISDR).

India is among 86 countries which have set up a national platform for disaster risk reduction and already has a 10,000-strong highly trained force to work on rescue and relief operations in case of natural or man-made disasters. The 10 battalions of India's National Disaster Response Force comprise of soldiers drawn from its paramilitary forces trained in commando operations.

India's efforts on disaster risk reduction have been lauded by UNISDR chief, Margareta Wahlstrom, particularly when the local administration in Odisha successfully evacuated almost one million people before cyclone Phailin hit the state in October 2013.

"We have started work on documenting the Odisha success story and will highlight it as an example in the lead-up to the third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, in 2015. It is easy to talk about problems and failures. We have to bring into people's minds what works," Wahlstrom had said.

India's national platform for disaster risk reduction provides important support to the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action, the global agreement on reducing disaster losses.

According to UNISDR, last year's disaster losses cost more than $ 53.8 billion in Asia, which represented almost half the global figure.

The Bangkok inter-ministerial meet next week will have 2,500 delegates, including 20 ministers and industry leaders from more than 39 countries in Asia and the Pacific.

The meeting, hosted by the Royal Thai government in collaboration with the UNISDR, is the last Asian regional inter-governmental gathering before the completion of the Hyogo Framework for Action that was adopted in Kobe, Japan in 2005 by 168 governments.

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