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Membership of International Forums

Statement of Cooperation with UNIDSR

The government of India and United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction signed a Statement of Cooperation in November 2016 during the second day of the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) 2016. The Statement underlined the guiding principles, objectives and areas of cooperation between India and UNISDR towards the effective implementation and monitoring of the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR), which was adopted at the Third World Conference on DRR at Sendai in Japan in March 2015.

India partnered with UNISDR to work towards strengthening the capacity of Asian countries in ensuring risk resilient development. It will also facilitate the sharing of knowledge and experiences, and collaborative efforts towards addressing critical regional challenges.

The cooperation aims to ensure effective implementation and monitoring of the Sendai Framework through training and capacity building for Asian countries; promoting international and regional cooperation to reinforce political commitment, facilitate knowledge sharing and strengthen the capacity of UNISDR for monitoring and review of the Sendai Framework.

The statement was officially signed by Shri. Bipin Mallick, Additional Secretary, Government of India and Mr. Robert Glasser, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction.

Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC)

India is a member of the Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC) which was established with a mission to increase the disaster resilience of member countries, to build safe communities and to create a society where sustainable development is possible. The Center works to build disaster resilient communities and to establish networks among countries through many programs including personnel exchanges in the field. The ADRC counterpart in India is the Ministry of Home Affairs.

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United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC)

In September, 2001, the Government of India became a formal member of the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) system. The UNDAC system is designed to assist the disaster affected country and the UN in meeting international needs for early and qualified information during the first phase of a sudden emergency, in the coordination of incoming international relief and in responding to a short notice.

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Global Frameworks of Disaster Risk Reduction

Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR) 2015-2030: India is a signatory to the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, which was adopted during the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in March 2015 to work towards making all stakeholders disaster resilient and significantly reduce the loss of lives and assets. India is committed to achieving the 7 goals set under the framework through systematic and sustainable efforts.

Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) 2005-2015: India is a signatory of the Hyogo Framework for Action, which was adopted globally to work towards the reduction of disaster losses in lives and economic and environmental assets of communities and countries. The framework has set three strategic goals and five priority action areas regarding the integration of disaster risk reduction (DRR) into sustainable development policies, capacity building and preparedness and vulnerability reduction.

India worked closely with the UNISDR to implement the priority areas of HFA for DRR. A Working Group was constituted under the Chairmanship of Joint Secretary (DM), MHA. The group comprised of representatives from Ministries of Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Urban Development, Health and Family Welfare, Environment and Forests, Women and Child Development, Earth Sciences, Science and Technology and from the Planning Commission, NIDM and NDMA. In 2015, a national report was submitted by Government of India to UNISDR regarding the progress of India in the area of DRR.

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