Earthquake Safe Communities in Nepal

International conference on Experience of Earthquake Risk Management, Preparedness and Reconstruction held

A resolution was adopted from the international conference on Experience of Earthquake Risk Management, Preparedness and Reconstruction titled Risk2Resiliemce: Nepal's Collective Journey towards a Safer Future held during June 18-20, 2018 in Kathmandu. The conference saw the presence of both Nepali and international citizens across continents in order to learn about the progress of Nepal in areas of Disaster Risk Management, to share the results of our scientific research, to share our concerns about the growing social and technological risks in Nepal and to collectively explore ways for Nepal to further strengthen the efforts in Disaster Risk Reduction and to pledge continual support to the people of Nepal to their excellent and innovative works of Disaster Risk Reduction and Preparedness under the leadership of the Government of Nepal.

Risk2Resilience Conference inaugurated by the Minister of Home Affairs, MoHA, Mr. Ram Bahadur Thapa, was based on three major themes: Learning from the Past three decades, Understanding the Present and Searching the Future. In his inaugural remarks, Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa said that, "Government of Nepal is working on Disaster Risk Management in more organized ways. Government has passed Disaster Policy and Action Plan defining roles and responsibilities of all tiers of governments. These policy documents are as guided by Constitution of Nepal and in line with Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Act that was promulgated last year." Minister Thapa also expressed hope that the conference would help to draw a solution to impending multi-disaster risks including the earthquake risk faced by Nepali citizens. Mr. Thapa stressed the need to consider the disasters in the development process.

Addressing the Inaugural Session, Mr. Yuba Raj Bhusal, CEO of National Reconstruction Authority remarked; "you may observe that the impact of reconstruction is way beyond its spatial and temporal boundaries. And, that is exactly what we want. This effort of "building back better" reconstruction serves as a solid foundation block for future development works that would effectively encompass disaster risk reduction measures." CEO Mr. Bhusal further registered his confidence that the country would accomplish its total reconstruction target in two years down the road; and focused to accelerate the process in infrastructures and cultural heritage sector.

The conference brought together 240 people including national and international citizens. A total of 40 international professionals from 13 different countries were present. Throughout the proceeding of the Conference, there were 15 Key-Note Speeches made on key issues; and total 220 more persons including government officials, DRR Experts, Practitioners and Academia shared their ideas and views as speakers, presenters or panelists. Total 12 Technical Sessions, 11 Panel Discussions and 2 Side Events were held in the conference.

While concluding the Conference, Mr. Prem Kumar Rai, Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs remarked that, "this 3-day International Conference has come up with important conclusions and way forward for the country to lessen the adverse impacts of disasters in Nepal based on lessons from the past. I assure you all that Nepal Government highly acknowledges all these recommendations. " He further mentioned that on June 18, 2018 when the Conference was about to begin, the Meeting of National Council for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Chaired by Rt. Hon. Prime Minister of Nepal had endorsed National Disaster Risk Reduction Policy 2018 and National Disaster Risk Reduction Action Plan 2018-2030. The conference was jointly organized by Government of Nepal, Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA), National Reconstruction Authority (NRA), Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), and National Society for Earthquake Technology-Nepal (NSET) in association with various partners and stakeholders.

The Risk2Resilience Conference has resulted successfully with the approval of the Conference Resolution endorsed by Conference participants incorporating their final comments and suggestions.

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20th June 2018; Kathmandu, Nepal

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