23 January 2019

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Kathmandu, January 22, 2019 - Various experts and professionals have highlighted the collaborative and integrated roles and responsibilities of all three tiers of governments on disaster risk reduction and management efforts in the changed context of new federal governance structures. They were speaking at the National Symposium on “Earthquake Risk Reduction and Management in Nepal” organized in Kathmandu on January 22, 2019 on the occasion of 21st Earthquake Safety Day (ESD).


The National Symposium is a regular program as a part of the annual ESD which Nepal observes every year on 15 or 16 January and around commemorating the Great Nepal-Bihar Earthquake of 1934. National Symposium is a sharing and learning forum for the DRR stakeholders to review the DRR efforts of past year and discourse and explore the way forward in Earthquake Risk Management.


Addressing the Opening Ceremony, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) Mr. Sushil Gyewali said that NRA has redesigned its approach and is moving ahead in collaboration with Local Governments in its reconstruction bid in line with the Nepal's changed context of governance system. Adding that the reconstruction process is progressing satisfactorily, Mr. Gyewali remarked, "Villages and settlements are on the verge of concluding their reconstruction works as there has been 80 percent of private housings are either accomplished its rebuilding process or being rebuilt. Only 20 percent are left to be rebuilt and half of them probably never going to rebuild their houses."


The Chair of the program, Mr. Maniram Gelal, Director General of Department of Urban Development and Building Construction (DUDBC) highlighted the need of paying efforts to reducing disaster risk by enhancing preparedness as country is prone to high level of multi hazards including earthquakes. "Constructing structures resilient to earthquakes is important aspect of preparedness," Mr. Gelal said.


Addressing the ceremony, Ms. Indu Ghimire, Joint Secretary and Head of Disaster Management Division at Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) shared that MoHA is all set to promulgate Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Regulation and form the Disaster Risk and Management Authority soon in line with the newly enacted Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act, 2017. "It took the country 30 years to focus reduction-centric disaster management approach from rescue-centric approach. Now, we are working day-night to develop an integrated disaster information system so that it could help in disaster risk reduction planning efforts in future," Ms. Ghimire remarked.

Mr. Dev Ratna Dhakhwa, Secretary General, Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) emphasized the need of implementing the Earthquake Contingency Plans at level as part of DRR initiatives as the Earthquake is distinct nature of hazard.


On the occasion, Mr. Chhabi Raj Pokharel, General Secretary of Nepal Engineers’ Association, extended his commitment of Nepali Engineering fraternity to work together with various stakeholders on building resilient buildings and infrastructures. Mr. Pokharel added, “the roles that Engineers have to play in safer and earthquake resilient construction is huge and we are committed to contribute from our end”.


Mr. Krishna Raj Kaphle from United Nations Development Program said that Nepal has promulgated Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act and Action Plan for 2018-2030 in line with international commitments and national requirements. “But the effective implementation of the policy into actions is more important”, MR. Kafle added.


Initially, Mr. Surya Narayan Shrestha, Executive Director, NSET had highlighted the objectives of Earthquake Safety Day and its one of the regular events, the National Symposium.  On the occasion, Mr. Shrestha remarked, “symposium has become an important platform every year to discuss upon burning issues of Nepal's Disaster Risk Reduction efforts and the outcomes and the recommendations are not just for documentation but go for immediate actions.”


In the beginning, Mr. Dwarika Shrestha, Deputy Director General of DUDBC in his welcome note on behalf of all the organizers gave a glimpse of Nepal’s efforts on promoting resilient construction. “Effective enforcement of Building Codes is key to ensure resilient structures and we are progressing much in terms of developing better understanding and building local capacity as well” MR. Shrestha remarked. 


In the Symposium this year, total four thematic sessions organized:

  1. Disaster Risk Reduction and Management in the Context of Localization in Nepal,

  2. Role of Mass Media for Resilient Communities in the context of Federalization,

  3. Need, Possibilities and Challenges for Seismic Retrofit of Non-Engineered Buildings, and

  4. Young Researcher’s Session on Disaster Risk Reduction in Nepal.


The DUDBC and NSET in association with various government and non-governmental organizations organized this year's symposium. About 200 people representing different DRR stakeholders, professionals, teachers and students participated the National Symposium 2019. 


  • Programs



    Speakers: Mayfourth Luneta (Center for Disaster Preparedness, Philippines); Dr. Khin Maung Win (Community Development Association, Myanmar); and Dr. Manu Gupta (SEEDS India)

    Moderator: Dr. Hariyati Sharima (MERCY Malaysia)

    Wednesday, 15 July 2020 14:00 Kuala Lumpur / 12:30 Yangon / 11:30 Delhi


    7 July 2020



    Speakers: Datuk Dr. Heng Aik Cheng (MERCY Malaysia) and Dr.Amod Mani Dixit (National Society for Earthquake Technology - Nepal)

    Moderator: Dr. Mohammad Iqbal Omar (MERCY Malaysia)

    Wednesday, 1 July 2020 14:00 Kuala Lumpur / 11:45 Kathmandu


    26 June 2020



    Speakers: Masniza Mustaffa (MERCY Malaysia) and Mihir Joshi (SEEDS India) 

    Moderator: Dr. Peter Gan (MERCY Malaysia) 

    Wednesday, 17 June 2020 14:00 Kuala Lumpur / 11:30 Delhi 


    16 June 2020



    When: June 11, 2020

    What time: 2:00 PM (Pakistan Standard Time)

    Where: ZOOM – Link to be shared to registered participants

    Language: English

    How long: 90 minutes

    Who is it for: Humanitarian and development practitioners working in or with hard-to-reach areas, NGOs and INGOs involved in COVID19 response

    Format: Panel discussion

    Speakers/Panelists: Qingrui Huang (ICVA), Hafiz Amirrol (ADRRN) and Dear NB Sinandang (HFI)

    Moderator/Presenter: Takeshi Komino (ADRRN)

    Register here: Webinar on Humanitarian Coordination During COVID-19


    COVID-19 pandemic presents unique challenges to the global humanitarian sector. Individuals, organizations as well as networks are all effected by this directly or indirectly. There is a need to work together with governments, NGOs and other stakeholder to serve communities and complement the joint efforts in combating COVID-19.

    Given the probability that the pandemic may last for an extended period, it is timely and imperative to discuss the behaviors, expertise and capacity both at individual and institutional level to facilitate humanitarian community in responding to the pandemic. The best possible way is to work together, build on the expertise of each other and jointly respond.

    This webinar will bring together a panel of speakers with diverse backgrounds related to humanitarian and development affairs to discuss how the current COVID-19 experience impact the future of the humanitarian sector with reference to coordination. It will provide an opportunity to:

    • Explore coordination aspect in global and regional policy dialogue on humanitarian landscape in COVID-19 context (Global Humanitarian Response Plan, humanitarian financing, IASC guidelines on Localization).

    • Identify case studies on different aspects of coordination in COVID-19 preparedness and response      activities from International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA), Asian Disaster Reduction and Response Network (ADRRN) and Humanitarian Forum Indonesia (HFI). These include strategic plans, action plans, challenges and best practices.

    • Facilitate exchange between networks themselves for good practices and lessons learned with reference to coordination.

    The webinar will further engage its audience (panelists and participants) to explore:

    • What are the emerging trends/good practices in the space of coordination among NGOs that would continue even beyond COVID-19?

    • What are some Innovative ways to resolve coordination challenges during COVID-19?

    • How to ensure monitoring, evaluation, accountability, data and information sharing during COVID-19?

    • What are the associated challenges in terms of community engagement and risk communication?

    • How is stretching capacity within NGOs/CSOs in dealing with COVID-19 response and natural disasters?

    • What are some of the opportunities emerged for NGOs due to COVID-19?

    • What will the localization look like during new normal situation?

    4 June 2020


Asian Disaster Reduction and Response Network is a network consists of 52 national and international NGOs from more than 20 countries across the Asia-Pacific region. With a strong footprint in the region, the network members are constantly engaged with local communities strengthening their ability to combat disasters, providing humanitarian aid like food, water, shelter and health care, protecting critical facilities like schools and hospitals, creating awareness, advocating for policy changes and improving the capacity of community based organizations.

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