Conference on Disability-Inclusive DRR

A 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.
The 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.
Disasters 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.
Dr. 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.
Persons 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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