ICIMOD staff participate in the 6th Asian Ministerial Conference on DRR


The 6th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) was held in Bangkok, Thailand from 22-26 June 2014. The conference was hosted by the Royal Thai Government in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). Government ministers and representatives of organizations from 63 countries attended the conference. The 6th AMCDRR provided a platform for them to meet and discuss the way forward in reducing disaster risk in Asia. The conference paved the path for the completion of the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015 (HFA) and provided an opportunity for Asian DRR organizations to share their experiences and best practices in disaster management. The main focus of the conference was to recommend key ingredients for the next phase of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA-2) that will start from 2016.  

ICIMOD staff Dr Hari Krishna Nibanupudi and Dr Mandira Singh Shrestha participated in the 6th AMCDRR and shared mountain DRR perspectives in a number of sessions. They also participated as speakers in two sessions titled ‘Investing in Geospatial and Space-based Information to Support DRR & Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) Investment’ and ‘Policy Dialogue on Sustainability Issues in Disaster Management’, organized by UNSPIDER and UNEP in collaboration with the National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) India. Dr Nibanupudi gave a presentation on the importance of investing in satellite-based disaster management to enhance disaster resilience in the HKH region, while Dr Shrestha’s presentation focused on the ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region. ICIMOD also contributed to the Asia Pacific Input to the HFA-2 developed by UNISDR on topics such as gender and DRR, governance and accountability in DRR, and community perspectives in DRR. The 6th AMCDRR adopted the Bangkok Declaration, which highlights the importance of people-centered development models for reducing the impact of uncertainties and increasing the self-immunity of local communities.