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Elation and Concerns: 7th Asian Ministerial Conference DRR

Six African young women standing while reading a UNEP leaflet on the hands of one of them India Prime Minister Narendra Modi, opened the 7th Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction

Loy Rego,  from the MARS Practitioners Network Myanmar and India speaks up his mind on the outcomes of the recent 7th Asian Ministerial Conference DRR in Delhi.

AS this 7th AMCDRR, trumpeted as the first after Sendai, comes to a close with a high point on its last day, I feel both elated and somewhat concerned.

The sharings in the exhibition and sessions indicated significant engagement by both the political and administrative leadership at national, state and district levels, both from the Depts of DM, and the NDMA, SDMAs and DDMAs. Equally exciting and revealing is the active participation of other line departments in Karnataka and Rajasthan in their areas of strength. There is also some good participation from neighbouring Governments, notably Myanmar, Vietnam and Bangladesh. I am glad that Myanmar government jointly displayed with the DRR Working Group, acknowledging and celebrating the partnership.

The session of heads of the 5 subregional bodies, SAARC, ASEAN, BIMSTEC, TCS and ECO and the leadership and coordination of ESCAP in this session headed by the Executive secretary is noteworthy. We need tracking and support of innovative collaboration between these regional bodies, especially led by those that have common members.

The ADRRN's leadership of the Asian Local Leaders Forum (ALL4DR) was notable and needs to be participated in actively in the years ahead. The three young speakers, the Mayor from Philippines, a Youth leader from Nepal and a local muslim leader from India who spoke in hindi set the tone and should shape the content and activities of the future activities while recognizing organisations as well.

The INGOs stalls marketed their innovative programs well and there were solid good publications.

The participation of the public and private sector organisations from India were good and ARISE needs to be expanded to include both streams.

CCA Advocates and Heri organisations were present in reasonable measure and a greater coming together of at least DRR and CCA needs to be done with a bottom up approach by national constituencies and networks of both groups.

GNDR needs to collaborate better with its regional partners, ADRRN and Duryog Nivaran, and with national NGO and multi-agency networks like Sphere, DRR WG Myanmar and DPNet Nepal. An informal session should still be organized, to better take advantage of the presence of so many members.

All of us need to do better in tracking of the progress made since last events and seeing why we made progress and why not. We do not need new declarations in each event, which we drop the day after we go home. Let ADRRN and Duryog Nivaran supported by GNDR take this on.

If you have some thoughts, Loy will appreciate GNDR members' thoughts and reaction. Feel free to contact him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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