on Disability-Inclusive DRR
national-level conference on Disability-inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction:
Pathways for Inclusion and Action for Resilience was organised by National
Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) on February 5, 2020, in New Delhi. The conference
was organised in collaboration with the Department of Empowerment of Persons
with Disabilities (DEPwD), Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (MoSJE), in
a run-up to the National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (NPDRR) scheduled
to be held in May 2020.
conference aimed to bring together all stakeholders from Disaster Risk
Reduction (DRR) and disability inclusion to deliberate on actions and
strategies for mainstreaming disability-inclusion in the DRR process. Three
technical sessions - Disability inclusion in DRR: Need for a Holistic Approach,
Mainstreaming Action in Local level Action and Participation of PwDs in
Disaster Risk Reduction Process - were held.
affect persons with disabilities disproportionately by aggravating their existing
conditions. The mortality rate of people with disabilities is two times higher
than the general population in disasters. Given the increasing number and
frequency of disasters, there is a need to incorporate inclusivity in the
process of DRR.
K. V. S. Rao, Director, DEPwD, MoSJE, emphasized on the need to involve all
stakeholders in the decision-making process. He also highlighted the need to
develop assistive devices and technologies. Shri Kamal Kishore, Member, NDMA, emphasized
on mainstreaming disability inclusion in local level actions. Shri S. N.
Pradhan, Director General, National Disaster Response Force, emphasized on the
need of training first responders to achieve disability-inclusion.
working in the field of disability-inclusive DRR shared their insights to pave
the way forward for building disability-inclusive DRR. Representatives from
Govt. of India, State Governments and Non Governmental Organisations
participated in the conference.
Note (Added later): The 3rd meeting of the NPDRR stands postponed. It
may be held in October 2020 after the monsoon season.
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