Earthquake Safe Communities in Nepal

NSET marked 26 years of its Journey

National Society for Earthquake Technology–Nepal (NSET) has marked 26 years of its journey with a ceremony at NSET headquarters, Bhaisepati, Lalitpur on June 16, 2019. An Interaction Program and Photo Exhibition along with internal sharing session were held to mark the occasion. NSET is also commemorating the day in three locations; Dolakha, Dhading and Surkhet districts on the 18th of June.

Established in 1993 with its mission to enhance seismic safety of Nepali communities and the beyond, NSET observes the day on June 18 every year as 'A Day to Reaffirm the Commitments to Earthquake Safety". Prominent professionals from different government agencies, partner organizations and other stakeholders joined the celebration.

In the formal program, Mr. Surya Narayan Shrestha, Executive Director of NSET welcomed all the guests and staff. He remarked, "Passing through all the obstacles, challenges and adverse situations, we have completed the 26 years. In these period, we have been able to accomplish many activities and still lot to be done. We need to be vigilant and watchful for another 24 /25 years as there are equally challenging days ahead." Mr. Rajesh Thapa, President of SCAEF, highlighted the contribution of NSET in Nepal's Earathquake Risk Management sector. "NSET which established to support in the implementation of National Building Code (NBC) has now emerged as one of the important stakeholders of Disaster Risk Management of the country."

Highlighting the long partnership with NSET, Mr. Mark Driver, Acting Mission Director of USAID Nepal, acknowledged the significant impact that NSET work made in Nepal's school safety, earthquake risk reduction and preparedness. "NSET is working not only in Nepal, it is also implementing programs in the regional level such as Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and many more countries with funding support from USAID. After 2015, NSET is also involved in post-earthquake reconstruction with the support of USAID," he remarked.

Speaking at the program, Mr. Bamshi Kumar Acharya, Under Secretary at Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA), highlighted the role played by NSET in national and international arena. "Technically, NSET is an NGO.  But it has emerged as a campaign in terms Disaster Risk Reduction and Management initiatives in Nepal," Mr. Acharya said.

On the occasion, Dr. Chandra Shrestha, Executive Member of National Reconstruction Authority (NRA), highlighted about the cooperation between and NSET and NRA in various facets. He said, "NSET, which successfully involved in post reconstruction of Gujarat (India), Muzaffarabad (Pakistan) and Iran earthquakes, provided a very important direction to NRA especially after 2015 Gurkha Earthquake. NSET's role on DRM will be remembered in Nepal's history."

Presenting the various milestones of NSET’s 25 years history, Dr. Amod Mani Dixit, NSET General Secretary, briefed about NSET's various activities and efforts from past to present in disaster risk reduction.

During the program, the distinguished guests have also unveiled the various publications published by NSET.

On the occasion, a photo exhibition program was also organized at NSET office premises with view to share experiences of reconstruction through NSET implemented Baliyo Ghar program. Guests and invitees from various organizations observed the exhibition.

Total 150 people including guests representing various Government Offices, Local Governments, Security Forces, Diplomatic Missions, Bilateral/Multilateral Agencies, Donors/Partners, I\NGOs, CBOs, Professional Societies, Private Sector, Media, Local Communities and various DRR stakeholders as well as some 100 NSET Staff and Members joined the ceremony.

Prior to formal program, an internal sharing program was also held where a total of five ignite presentations were made by various NSET professionals on diverse topics.

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