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Home Minister of India met Ministers of Japan and Russia

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text]Sendai, Japan: The Union Home Minister of India, Shri Rajnath Singh held bilateral meetings with Ministers of Japan and Russia during his visit to the 3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, in Sendai, Japan today. The Union Home Minister congratulated the Japanese Minister for Disaster Management Ms. Eriko Yamatani for assumption of the Presidency for this Conference, and assured her of India’s support in achieving a forward looking substantive outcomes from the Conference. The Union Home Minister noted the exemplary courage and resilience of the people of Japan and expressed solidarity in their reconstruction efforts after the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 2011. The Japanese Minister Ms. Yamatani acknowledged contribution of the 46-member Indian National Disaster Response Force, which was one of the foreign teams to arrive in Japan after the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 2011. The two Ministers exchanged views on possible bilateral cooperation in the area of disaster management, police training and modernization. Shri Rajnath singh also met the Russian Minister for Civil Defence, Emergencies and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters, Mr. Puchkov Vladimir Andreyevich. The two ministers exchanged views on enhancing the ongoing cooperation in dealing with emergency situations, natural disasters as well as encouraging greater institutional linkages between research and training institutes in the area of disaster management. The two ministers also discussed possible use for space-based technologies for averting natural disasters and their management. The Union Home Minister also visited the town of Onagawa, where India’s NDRF team assisted the Japanese authorities in their search and rescue mission from 26 March to 7 April 2011. He was received by the Mayor of Onagawa, Mr. Yoshiaki Suda, who briefed the Minister on the devastation caused by the earthquake and 20 meter high Tsunami. The Mayor expressed appreciation for the contribution of Indian NDRF and called it as an ‘empowering force’.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row] Union Home Minister chairs Ministerial Round Table on 'International Cooperation in support of post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction' The Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh chaired the Ministerial Round Table on 'International Cooperation in support of post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction', today at the 3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction being held in Sendai, Japan. The Ministerial Round table chaired by Shri Rajnath Singh was one of the most important round tables focusing on the issue of global cooperation for disaster risk reduction in post-2015 framework. There was participation from over 35 countries from Asia-Pacific, Africa, America, Europe, etc as well as 8 international organisations. The objective of the deliberations was on generating ideas to bring about better international cooperation is support of post-2015 Framework for DRR. In this regard, the Union Home Minister suggested that participants discuss the following issues: (i) What are the strategic areas that require international cooperation and partnership to support the implementation of the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction? What new mechanisms, or strengthening of existing mechanisms, are needed? (ii) What should be a regional and/or international cooperation mechanism to monitor the progress of the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction implementation through the targets as specified in the framework? (iii) How can we ensure international cooperation and partnerships, for least developed and developing countries to build and strengthen their capacities to implement a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction? Shri Rajnath Singh said that there was active contribution from participants who made several useful suggestions. There was agreement that there should be more focus on disaster risk reduction, and our efforts should not be limited to post-disaster relief and reconstruction, and that our development activities and paradigm should integrate disaster risk reduction strategies, he added. The Union Home Minister also urged all countries to reaffirm their commitment to pursue effective disaster risk reduction through international cooperation and global partnership to build communities self-reliant in mitigating the impacts of disasters.

About Sanjay Trivedi

Sanjay Trivedi is honorary editor of Asia Times. He is senior Indian Journalist having vast experience of 25 years. He worked in Janmabhoomi, Vyapar, Divya Bhaskar etc. newspapers and TV9 Channel as well as www.news4education.com. He also served as Media Officer in Gujarat Technological University.

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