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Prime Minister's Agenda 10: India's Disaster Risk Management Roadmap to Climate Resilient and Sustainable Development

Authors: Anil K. Gupta, Shashikant Chopde, Swati Singh, Shiraz A. Wajih, Sakshi Katyal

Abstract: India’s Prime Minister opened his long experience including of dealing with major disasters by outlining an Agenda 10 on Disaster Risk Management, during the 7th Asian Ministerial Conference (first after Sendai Framework) in November 2016. Disaster risk, much talked but less understood, particularly how hazards proceed into disaster, is still a valid question to explore, as evident from Priority 1 of Sendai Framework of Disaster Risk Reduction, i.e., ‘Understanding Disaster Risk’. The paradigm shift, now second one – to disaster risk management, encompassing climate resilience factors and sustainable development focused, therefore, calls for an honest introspection of the journey and efforts at country level and to delineate a prudent roadmap for attaining the goals of three major agreements to which India is signatory to, viz. SFDRR, Paris Climate Agreement and SDGs. Asian Ministerial Conference Inaugural speech of the Prime Minister delineated the framework for simple and practical roadmap for achieving sustainable development through DRM. The linkages of DRM Agenda 10 of the Indian Prime Minister have been analyzed in this paper to delineate some of the key principles and actions for implementation, and to envisage the concerns of three international policies at the same time, in the light of lessons drawn from three studies on climate resilient disaster management and developmental planning undertaken in Odisha, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.

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Donor: Climate & Development Knowledge Network (CDKN)