Release of "नए भारत की ओर" by Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad (Union Minister of Law & Justice and Electronics and Information Technology, Govt. of India) on Monday, 25th March 2019, 6.00 PM, Speaker Hall, Constitution Club of India, Rafi Marg, New Delhi.

Salient Points of PM Modi’s address at Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction on 3rd Nov, 2016

  • 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
  • Over the last two decades, the world and especially our region has undergone many changes– most of them positive
  • The Asia-Pacific region has been a global leader in more ways than one
  • We in Asia have learnt from disasters
  • 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 now have a fully functional Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning System
  • If we compare impact of cyclone events in 1999 & 2013, we can see progress made
  • Let me outline a ten-point agenda for renewing our efforts towards disaster risk reduction
  • 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
  • We have to wholeheartedly embrace the spirit of Sendai which calls for an all-of-society approach to disaster risk management

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