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‘Asian Ministerial Conf on disaster risk likely in India’

‘Asian Ministerial Conf on disaster risk likely in India’
India will host the first Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction of the post-2015 era, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Tuesday. Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Margareta Wahlstorm welcomed India’s decision to host the Conference.

This was announced by him during the 3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction being held in Sendai from March 14-18, 2015. “Indian government will take lead in hosting the conference in 2016 in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction,” he said. The Ministerial Conference is set to endorse a Regional Implementation Plan of the new post-2015 framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). This will form a key element of the initial global effort to implement the new framework.

“The decision demonstrated India’s strong commitment and leadership in the area of Disaster Risk Reduction in the Asia region. One of the biggest challenges we are facing is promoting risk-sensitive development and reduction of impacts of disasters to protect the development gains,” Singh said.

He requested participating countries to begin dialogue so that the Asian regional implementation plan for the post-2015 DRR framework can be agreed.
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