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X. International Cooperation

 

1. Policy for acceptance of External assistance

 The present policy of the Government of India to attract relief is, not to issue any formal appeal on behalf of the Government, either directly or through any other agency..  However, relief donated on a voluntary basis will be accepted and acknowledged as a sign of international solidarity.  In case of assistance coming in cash, it should be sent to the Prime Ministerfs National Relief Fund and if it is in kind, it should preferably routed through the Indian National Red Cross. 

  We have not any objection to NGOfs issuing appeals for donations, provided it is made clear that the appeals are not at the instance of the Government of India.  In the case of UN organizations and agencies (like OCHA) such appeals would imply endorsement by member-countries; we should, therefore, continue to advise them against issuing appeals for international assistance.

 

2. Cooperation with various Countries and International Institutes

  Country is making all efforts to have cooperation with the various countries and international institutions in the filed of disaster preparedness and mitigation, keeping in view the policy for acceptance of external assistance.

    Ø  Bilateral agreements with some countries like Switzerland, Russia, for emergency response are under consideration.

    Ø  Membership of the Asian Disaster Reduction Centre, Kobe, Japan

    Ø  Representation in the Board of Trustees and Consultative Committee of the Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre(ADPC), Bangkok .

    Ø  Member of  United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC)  system of  United Nations Office of the Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA).

    Ø  A proposal to set up regional office of UNOCHA in New Delhi is under consideration of the Government of India. 

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3. International events organized in India

In the past, India has hosted/organized the following international events in the country:

Ø      Hosted 4th Session of the Scientific and Technical Committee on IDNDR during February 1-5 ,1993

Ø      Hosted  a Workshop on Natural Disaster Reduction  for the South-Asian Region on 30th March and 2nd April, 1994  in the context of the May, 1994 World Conference on Disaster Reduction held in Yokohama, Japan.

Ø      Hosted the two-day Seminar in New Delhi on 28th & 29th September 1994 on Comprehensive Flood Loss Prevention & Management organized by ESCAP.

Ø      Co- hosted GOI UNOCHA Workshop in June 2000 on International assistance in emergency response

Ø      Organized 4th Annual meeting of the Asian Disaster Reduction Center , Kobe , Japan and UNISDR meeting in January 2002

Ø      Organized    UNDAC Training Program of UNOCHA in August 2002

Ø      Organized 3rd Meeting of the Asian Disaster Preparedness, Regional Consultative Committee meeting on 29-31October 2002

Ø      Co-hosted GOI-UNDP-CII (Chamber of Indian Industries) Seminar on disaster preparedness and mitigation from 21-23 November 2002

 

4. Possible Areas of International Cooperation

Regional co-operation for effective disaster management system is needed broadly in the following areas :-

œHazard and vulnerability analysis

œHuman resource development

œExchange of information through inter-net and other latest tools of  information technology

œDisaster management network at the regional level

œNetworking of the regional institutes

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