Showing posts from November, 2019
For a 'Fire Safe' India  
A fire can occur anywhere. If not handled carefully, it can lead to a huge loss of life and assets. In fact, with rapid economic development, emerging technologies, shortage of prime land and lifestyle changes, fire risk continues to be one of the major causes of loss of human lives in the country. As recently as May this year, at least 22 students lost their lives and many others were injured when a fire broke out at a commercial complex in Surat, Gujarat. This incident highlighted the urgent need to improve fire safety preparedness in the country.
Globally, the very recent devastating forest fire in the Amazon basin eroded huge tracts of rain forests and arrested the world's attention. Global warming and Climate Change have increased the frequency and intensity of forest fires and they are a cause of concern in India as well. 
While India has an institutional mechanism in place, both at the Central and State levels, and has taken various measures…
Kamal Kishore on Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure
Outlining his ten-point agenda on Disaster Risk Reduction during the Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction 2016, held in New Delhi,Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi said that India will work with other partner countries and stakeholders to build a global Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI), envisaged as a knowledge exchange and capacity development partnership.
To give an impetus to the global CDRI, two International Workshops on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure were held in 2018 and 2019, respectively, in New Delhi. Both the workshops saw participation from around the globe.
All the efforts culminated at the United Nations Secretary General’s Climate Action Summit in New York when Shri Modi on September 23 2019 announced the launch of the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) and invited all Member States of the UN to join it.
Aapda Samvaad spoke with Shri Kamal Kisho…
“India: Partnerships for a better world”

In the first week of September, the Embassy of India, Brussels Exhibition and European Member of Parliament, Ms. Neena Gill hosted an exhibition at the European Parliament on India's contribution towards Disaster Risk Reduction Disaster.
The exhibition highlighted the progress India has in the area of DRR domestically, in the region and beyond towards reducing the loss of lives and livelihoods. It also covered the key challenges that need to be addressed such as how do we build on the progress that has been made in the last few years in reducing heat-related mortality. Heat Waves adversely affect populations in the summer months in both India and the EU countries, and thus, this is one area where India and EU countries can learn from each other.
A key highlight of the exhibition was the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) - the initiative, emerging partnerships, thematic areas - that will bring together both developed and d…