Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction for Resilient Development Planning

The Regional Capacity Development Workshop: Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction in Sustainable Development Planning took place from 13 to 16 September at the ESCAP Subregional Office for South and South-West Asia (SSWA) in New Delhi. The workshop was jointly organized by ESCAP and the National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM), Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India.

Asia-Pacific is the most disaster-prone region in the world. In the year 2015 alone, 59.3 million persons were affected by disasters and US$ 45.1 billion was sustained in economic damages within the region. In disaster risk management, addressing risk factors remains a critical challenge, which is increasingly being responded to strategically through mainstreaming disaster risk reduction (DRR) in development planning. The key objective of the workshop was to strengthen regional and South-South cooperation by sharing knowledge and experiences, and bridging key gaps in policy and planning to effectively mainstream DRR in sustainable development planning. The workshop was a unique initiative which brought together some 25 Government officials from national planning and finance ministries, along selected sectoral ministries responsible for national development planning from 10 Asian and Pacific countries. The event was inaugurated by Dr. Ramesh Chand, Member, NITI Aayog and Dr. P.K. Mishra, Addl. Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, Government of India. Prof. Santosh Kumar, Executive Director, NIDM and Dr. Nagesh Kumar, Head, ESCAP SSWA provided opening remarks.

Over the course of the workshop, feedback was garnered on a regional guidebook introduced for mainstreaming DRR in sustainable development planning; covering national, sub-national and sectoral contexts. The guidebook will be further developed with the inclusion of pilot country-specific inputs. Based on the identified capacity development needs, modules on certain risk assessment tools and techniques will serve to contribute to evidence-based mainstreaming of DRR.

Recognizing the convergence of the post-2015 global and national development agendas, this capacity development workshop marked a concerted regional effort towards centralizing disaster risk resilience in sustainable development planning.

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