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Munbai Dated 28 : The Government of Maharashtra in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) and Disaster Management Initiative & Convergence Society (DMICS) is organizing the “World Congress on Disaster Management (WCDM)” from 29th January to 01st February 2019 in Mumbai. The event will be held at the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai.

The 4th WCDM will be inaugurated by the Hon Chief Minister of Maharashtra in the presence of other dignitaries including the Hon Minister, Revenue, Relief & Rehabilitation Chandrakant (dada) Patil who will preside over the function on 29th January 2019 at 11 AM.

The theme of the Congress is Building the Future We Want: Bridging Gaps between Promises and Action to deliberate on the challenges and opportunities of implementation of 2030 development agendas on reducing risks and building resilience to disasters.

A large number of government, non-government and inter-government organisations have joined hands in organising the conference. These include Government of India, State Government and its agencies like National Disaster Management Authorities, National Institute of Disaster Management, State Disaster Management Authorities; UN agencies like UNDP, UNICEF, UNESCAP, UNISDR, WHO etc; multi-lateral agencies like the World Bank and Asian Development Bank; corporate bodies like FICCI, CII etc; and a large number of scientific, technical, academic, and other organisations.

The aim of the event is to bring scientists, researchers, policy makers and practitioners on the same platform to interact and discuss various critical issues of disaster risk management, review the progress made in reducing risks of disasters and provide solutions to many vexed problems across sectors and at all levels. WCDM is the largest global conference on disaster management outside the UN system.

The event has had an overwhelming response from all quarters with over 1000 registrations and more than 500 abstracts for paper presentation out of which more than 100 abstracts have been received from outside India representing around 50 countries across the world. As on date, 324 paper presenters have confirmed their participation out of which more than 25 will be from outside India representing countries like Bangladesh, United States of America, Japan, Germany, United Kingdom, Nepal, Netherlands, Spain, Costa Rica, Brazil, Thailand, Iceland, South Africa, Philippines, Sri Lanka etc. In addition to this, national and international speakers of eminence from India and abroad will be addressing the delegates on various aspects of disaster management through 9 plenary sessions, 5 special feature events and more than 60 thematic paper presentation sessions.

There are 9 plenary sessions scheduled on a plethora of topics related to disaster management and development. These include Researching Disasters, Strengthening Governance for Effective Disaster Risk Management, Leaving No One Behind: Inclusive Disaster Risk Management, Resilient Health and Education Systems, Resilient Ecology, Agriculture and Livelihoods in Changing Climates, Disaster Resilient Infrastructure, Response, Relief, Reconstruction, Recovery and Development, Disaster Resilient Businesses and Resilient Cities and Human Settlements. The list of speakers for the plenary sessions is enclosed.

Apart from this, various special featured events are also organized which include Mayors on Disaster Management, youths on Disaster Management, Innovators and Startups on Disaster Management, Technologies for Disaster Management and Media and Disaster Management. These events will be helmed by prominent organizations like the UNICEF, Save the Children and All India Institute of Local Self Governance among others.

The event also features an exhibition where more than 70 organizations will be displaying their products and services from various sectors. These include Government organizations like the National Disaster Response Force, the State Disaster Response Force, Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai, the Mumbai Fire Brigade and State Disaster Management Authorities from other States. Various Private Manufacturers and Companies from arenas of fire safety, cloud seeding, Industrial Safety etc will also be putting up a display at the expo. Various Non Government Organizations will also be showcasing their services there. Another highlight of the exhibition will be the presence of a Start-Up and Innovation Pavilion where the 20 start-ups and innovators will be displaying innovative products and ideas in the field of Disaster Management.

WCDM-2019 would conclude on 1stFebruary with the adoption of Mumbai Declaration on Disaster Risk Reduction.

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