Raksha Mantri virtually inaugurates 5th World Congress on Disaster Management

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The Defence Minister has inaugurated the Fifth World Congress on Disaster Management.

About Fifth World Congress on Disaster Management

Organized by: Disaster Management Initiatives and Convergence Society (DMICS)

Aim: To promote interaction of science, policy, and practices to enhance understanding of risks and advance actions for reducing risks and building resilience to disasters.

Theme: ‘Technology, Finance and Capacity for Building Resilience to Disasters in the context of COVID-19’

What are the key highlights of the Defence Minister address at the conference?

Firstly, Effective response mechanisms to address humanitarian crises & natural disasters are one of the most important pillars of SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in the Region).

Secondly, India has always been a first responder in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). It has been regularly conducting Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief (HADR) situations exercises to deepen the HADR co-operation.

Example: Some HADR missions undertaken by India include Operation Rahat in Yemen in 2015, During a cyclone in Sri Lanka in 2016; quake in Indonesia in 2019 and Cyclone Idai in Mozambique.

Thirdly, the COVID-19 pandemic has reaffirmed the “centrality of multilateralism” in our interconnected world, not only for matters of international security but also disaster management.

Lastly, there is a need for collective solutions to deal with global challenges in the post-COVID world.

Source: This post is based on the following articles 

  • Raksha Mantri virtually inaugurates 5th World Congress on Disaster Managementpublished in PIB on 24th Nov 2021.
  • India first responder in the Indian Ocean Regionpublished in The Hindu on 25th Nov 2021.
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