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NSET has been guided by its institutional beliefs, values and principles developed internally and adopted from good practices of various institutions; local, regional and/or global.

Bringing "substantial change in the application of technology to the many facets of earthquake disaster management for saving the lives of the people" has remained the guiding philosophy of NSET ever since its inception.

NSET:

» Is concerned with the ever-growing earthquake risk in the country, and is deeply convinced in the possibility of making a change despite the generally adverse economic condition of the country, and is determined to achieve reduced earthquake risk in Nepal with time.

» Firmly believes that Nepalese initiatives are primary for achieving any risk reduction. International assistance can, at best, help the local initiatives.

» Will act as a working platform for all, national or international, irrespective of caste, creed, religion, age, gender, race, to contribute towards reduced earthquake safety in the country.

» Will not endorse political parties or candidates, political philosophies or policy issues other than those directly related to the primary mission of reducing death and injury from earthquakes in Nepal, but will engage in political processes, as necessary, to advance earthquake safety.

» Will operate as a NGO governed by highest ethical/professional standards, uphold the principles of integrity, including transparency and accountability in the use of funds, and decisions regarding projects, people and remuneration.

» Will not confront or compete with any individual or organization, but will facilitate the work of other organizations and will help them and individuals develop the skills needed for earthquake risk mitigation; will participate developing network and synergy.

» Is non-judgmental. It understands the overriding national developmental priorities such as basic and primary health, education, infrastructure, etc. but firmly believes in the benefits of integrating mitigation in development efforts. Therefore, it will try to influence new investments by multilateral and bilateral agencies to consider earthquake -resistance adequately in their investments in Nepal.

» Will seek, translate and transfer foreign and domestic knowledge and research results to the earthquake problem in Nepal, as also to bring state of-the -act earthquake technology to Nepal.

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