Major disasters over the past years have provided stark reminders of the concentrated disaster risks that affect human well-being and future development. Though, globally, much progress has been made in reducing risk to life, the economic losses continue to increase. In the last 20 years, India alone suffered about USD 80 billion in terms of economic losses due to climate induced disasters. To address this, the world community continues to discuss implementable solutions for Disaster Risk Reductions (DRR) on platforms such as the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR). India, along with 186 other countries, is signatory to the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR) - 2015 which aims at achieving concrete targets and specific goals by 2030.
In India, the National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (NPDRR) is a national level platform which envisages ‘a participatory process of decision making in reducing risk, with active involvement of the Central & State Governments and other stakeholders representing different stakes in the field of disaster management’. NPDRR 2013 and 2017 were organized to further this process. The NPDRR 2020 will be organized on 5-6 May 2020 at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi, with the theme of “Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction”. An exhibition, showcasing a variety of scientific and technological applications and solutions in the related aspects of Disaster Management, will be set-up as part of the NPDRR 2020. The State Governments and Union Territories will also be setting up kiosks for showcasing their Disaster Management Literature, IEC Materials, Audio-Visuals, etc.
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