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FICCI-ADPC pact to promote disaster risk management in private sector

May 27, 2019


NEW DELHI, 27 May 2019: Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (ADPC) to promote disaster risk management in the private sector on May 17, 2019 in Geneva..


As per the MoU, FICCI and ADPC will cooperate on a range of issues, including promotion of Disaster Risk Management (DRM) in the private sector along with development and sharing of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) technical expertise through mutually identified means and modalities.


The agreement outlines the framework of cooperation between the two bodies to promote DRM by corporate sector to contribute to own and societal resilience with the prime objective of developing disaster risk management related capacities.


It also aims to encourage corporations and commercial entities to undertake actions for own and societal resilience, developing and delivering Prioritized Training Courses and promoting DRM knowledge, experience sharing and forming joint projects.


The memorandum was signed under the umbrella of ARISE India. ARISE India network is part of Global ARISE Network of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) and FICCI is the secretariat since March 18, 2019.


Mr Rubaab Sood, Head, Disaster Management & Additional Director, FICCI and Mr Hans Guttman, Executive Director, Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (ADPC) signed the MoU in presence of Mr Rajeswara Rao, Adviser, Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (EAC-PM, India); Mr P.K. Taneja, Director, SAARC Disaster Management Centre; Mr Sisira Madurapperuma, Director, Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (ADPC); country representatives from Asian Preparedness Partnership (APP) and Brig B.K. Khanna, Consultant, FICCI.


The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction at the UNDRR, formerly known as United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), holds the view that not enough countries are putting in place national and local strategies to prevent future disasters and reduce the existing level of disaster losses.


Global Platform of UNDRR takes place every alternate year to assess the progress made on the implementation of Sendai framework, which aims to reduce disaster deaths, economic losses and strengthen risk governance by building resilience and investing in early warning system.