X. International Cooperation
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
Ministerfs 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 NGOfs 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.
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.
Bilateral agreements with some countries like
of the Asian Disaster Reduction Centre, Kobe,
Ø Representation in the Board of Trustees and
Consultative Committee of the Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre(ADPC),
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.
International events organized in
In the past,
Session of the Scientific and Technical Committee on IDNDR during
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.
Hosted the two-day Seminar in
Ø Co- hosted GOI UNOCHA Workshop in June 2000 on International assistance in emergency response
Organized 4th Annual meeting of the
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 :-
and vulnerability analysis
of information through inter-net and other latest tools of
management network at the regional level
of the regional institutes