17 January 2019

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Kathmandu, January 16, 2019 - Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has urged all stakeholders to join hands for minimizing impending earthquake risks in Nepal. Addressing the National Meeting of 21st Earthquake Safety Day held in Lalitpur, Prime Minister Oli has re-iterated the commitment of Nepal Government to work together to enhance earthquake safety and help building disaster resilient communities in Nepal.


“Collapse of a house in Nepal is not just the collapse of an ordinary physical structure, it’s related to our attachment, livelihood and even to the confidence of house-owner. Let’s focus on building our houses safer”, remarked Prime Minister Oli. Prime Minister highlighted that Government is considering for more organized and institutionalized DRR efforts to devise and implement so that efforts are more sustained and result-oriented.


Nepal marked 21st edition of Earthquake Safety Day (ESD) with various events at central, provincial and local level with the slogan “Committed Governments at all levels to ensure Citizen's Right to Safety from Disasters”. Lalitpur Metropolitan City hosted the National Programs of 21st Earthquake Safety Day on January 16, 2019.


The National Meeting was chaired by Home Minister and Chairperson of the ESD National Organizing Committee Mr. Ram Bahadur Thapa ‘Badal’. Addressing the meeting, Home Minister Thapa stated that Government is giving top priority to Disaster Risk Reduction and emphasized the need of localization of DRR initiatives. Minister Thapa also focused on effective implementation of National Building Code and adopting safer construction practices to minimize the earthquake risks.


Mr. Sushil Gyewali, Chief Executive Officer of National Reconstruction Authority, briefed the progress of the ongoing post-earthquake reconstruction works. CEO Gyawali remarked, “reconstruction of 55 percent of schools, 50 percent of the health posts and around 45 percent of private housings has been accomplished so far.”


Mr. Chiri Babu Maharjan, Mayor of Lalitpur Metropolitan City, highlighted Metropolitan City's efforts on implementation of National Building Code claiming that early and effective enforcement of Building Code contributed to minimize the human casualty and property loss during 2015 Gorkha Earthquake.


At the program Mr. Maniram Gelal, Coordinator, ESD Publicity Sub-Committee and Director General, Department of Urban Development and Building Construction (DUDBC) briefed on how Building Code implementation is progressing in Nepal.


Ms. Valery Julliard, UN Resident Coordinator of UN addressing the meeting opined, “given Nepal’s seismological risk, Earthquake Safety Day is a significant reminder to understand its underlying risk &to put necessary preparedness measures in place so that people across Nepal whether they are at home, school or work remain safe”.


Mr. Surya Narayan Shrestha, Member Secretary of ESD National Organizing Committee and NSET Executive Director presented highlighted the importance of marking the Earthquake Safety Day. Executive Director Shrestha also briefly presented the key outcomes of Panel Discussion held prior to the National Meeting. 


Earlier, Earthquake Safety Rallies started from four different places of Lalitpur, Balkumari, Gaahiti, Pulchowk and Lagankhel, with the awareness raising messages, that gathered in Patan Durbar Square to turn into Earthquake Memorial Meeting. Also, Earthquake Memorial Meeting was held in historical Earthquake Monument at Bhugol Park, Kathmandu.  Home Minister Mr. Ram Bahadur Thapa 'Badal' joined both the Memorial Meetings together with Mayors, Parliamentarians, elected Representatives from Metropolitan Cities, Security Forces and participants from various walks of social life.


Nepal marks Earthquake Safety Day (ESD) every year on 15 or 16 January (Magh 2 according to Nepalese Calendar) commemorating the Great Bihar-Nepal Earthquake of 1934 by organizing various activities nationwide. The main purpose of marking this Day has been to re-affirm national commitment to enhance Earthquake Resilience of Nepali communities and also share and review past experiences and strategize further.


  • 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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