The Government of India recognizes the need to evolve a participatory process of decision making in disaster management with active involvement of the Central & State Governments and stakeholders including people representing different interests in the field of disaster management.
Accordingly, a multi-stakeholders and multi-sectoral National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (NPDRR) was constituted by Government of India vide resolution dated 26th February 2013 and amended vide resolution no 47-31/2012-DM-III on 17th January, 2017 for wider participation of different stakeholders . NPDRR is chaired by the Union Home Minister and Minister of State in- charge of Disaster Management, Ministry of Home Affairs is the Vice Chairperson of NPDRR. The other members of NPDRR are 15 Cabinet Ministers, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog, Minister of each State Government/ UT dealing with the subject disaster management, representatives of Local Self-Governments and Parliament, ex-officio members, Heads of institutions of national importance, persons representing industry, media representatives, civil society organizations and international representatives. NPDRR is, thus, characterised by a process that facilitates dialogue, sharing experiences, views and ideas, present findings of research and action and explore opportunities for mutual cooperation in the field of Disaster Risk Reduction.
The first meeting of NPDRR was organized on 13-14 May 2013 in New Delhi on the theme, “Mainstreaming DRR in Development: From Risk to Resilience”. It was organised with an objective to encourage implement Hyogo Framework of Action and creating a pool of resources of scientists, practitioners in Disaster Risk Reduction.
The 2nd meeting of NPDRR was held on 15-16 May 2017 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi, on the theme “Disaster Risk Reduction for Sustainable Development: Making India Resilient by 2030”. The meeting deliberated on emergent issues, with special focus on Prime Minister’s Agenda 10 on Disaster Risk Management and its relevance in integrated implementation of Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR), Paris Climate Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Prime Minister’s 10 point agenda emerged as recommendations of 2nd NPDRR, 2017.
Third national platform is now proposed to be organised on the theme of “Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction” with following objectives
- Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction in Developmental plan and crosscutting issues.
- Coherence between three post 2015 global frameworks DRR viz; SDGs, SFDRR and COP21.
- Governance and Social inclusion in Disaster Risk Reduction for building resilience.
- To discuss strategy and plan of actions of States and other stakeholders in view of Prime Minister’s Agenda 10 on Disaster Risk Management.