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GUWAHATI, Jan 4 - Inter Agency Group Assam (IAG-Assam), a network of humanitarian agencies comprising international, national and local NGOs, is organising a convention of inter-agency groups of North East India and a two-day-long conclave on disaster management titled �1st North East Disaster Risk Reduction Conclave� (DisCon) on January 23-24 at the Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra here.

Addressing a press conference here today, Dr Mridul Kumar Deka, convenor of IAG-Assam said, �The member agencies as a whole have contributed substantially towards disaster risk reduction, response and recovery in emergency in different areas of the State. IAG-Assam has provided technical expertise in different life saving areas of disaster management. A common platform, the first of its kind in the entire north-eastern region will showcase its work and contribution over a decade which will enrich all stakeholders working on disaster risk reduction paving the way for effective GO-NGO collaboration in emergency.�

He added, �In view of the substantial contribution made by civil society organisations on disaster management, IAG-Assam has visualised a plan for cross-sharing and learning. The event will bring the IAG members together with government functionaries, donors and corporate sector for developing an effective strategy to address disaster risk management issues in the State as well as in the NE region.�

Dr Sameer Parwar, health specialist of UNICEF India outlined UNICEF�s association with IAG-Assam and contribution in the North East region.

�DisCon will be the first of its kind of event in the region organised by an inter-agency group and it is being organised with support from the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) and several international NGOs and corporate. I am sure it will be hugely successful and UNICEF will be one of the partner organisations,� he said.

Mintu Debnath from Oxfam and convener of the Resource Mobilisation Committee of DisCon said the event would be an attempt to enrich humanitarian partners on current global framework for disaster risk reduction (DRR) vis-a-vis government�s priority of action on DRR/climate change adaptation (CCA) and how a synergy can be created in achieving those goals.

�In line with the Sendai Framework for Action and its priorities, Sustainable Development Goals 2030, Paris Agreement on Climate Change (COP 21), IAG-Assam envisages to partner in the process of different priorities enshrined in the above frameworks for action,� said.

Kangkana Baruah of Aide et Action and convenor of the media and PR committee of DisCon said, �IAG-Assam has taken an initiative to create a platform where different stakeholders, civil society, educational institutions, government departments, corporate entities, media, research institutes and citizens would interact and share ideas and visions for achieving the development goals towards a better resilient society, living in harmony with nature and balancing the development process. In light of these developments IAG-Assam is making its first attempt to harmonise all efforts aimed at DRR in the State and north-eastern region.�

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Disaster risk reduction meet on Jan 23-24

GUWAHATI, Jan 4 - Inter Agency Group Assam (IAG-Assam), a network of humanitarian agencies comprising international, national and local NGOs, is organising a convention of inter-agency groups of North East India and a two-day-long conclave on disaster management titled �1st North East Disaster Risk Reduction Conclave� (DisCon) on January 23-24 at the Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra here.

Addressing a press conference here today, Dr Mridul Kumar Deka, convenor of IAG-Assam said, �The member agencies as a whole have contributed substantially towards disaster risk reduction, response and recovery in emergency in different areas of the State. IAG-Assam has provided technical expertise in different life saving areas of disaster management. A common platform, the first of its kind in the entire north-eastern region will showcase its work and contribution over a decade which will enrich all stakeholders working on disaster risk reduction paving the way for effective GO-NGO collaboration in emergency.�

He added, �In view of the substantial contribution made by civil society organisations on disaster management, IAG-Assam has visualised a plan for cross-sharing and learning. The event will bring the IAG members together with government functionaries, donors and corporate sector for developing an effective strategy to address disaster risk management issues in the State as well as in the NE region.�

Dr Sameer Parwar, health specialist of UNICEF India outlined UNICEF�s association with IAG-Assam and contribution in the North East region.

�DisCon will be the first of its kind of event in the region organised by an inter-agency group and it is being organised with support from the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) and several international NGOs and corporate. I am sure it will be hugely successful and UNICEF will be one of the partner organisations,� he said.

Mintu Debnath from Oxfam and convener of the Resource Mobilisation Committee of DisCon said the event would be an attempt to enrich humanitarian partners on current global framework for disaster risk reduction (DRR) vis-a-vis government�s priority of action on DRR/climate change adaptation (CCA) and how a synergy can be created in achieving those goals.

�In line with the Sendai Framework for Action and its priorities, Sustainable Development Goals 2030, Paris Agreement on Climate Change (COP 21), IAG-Assam envisages to partner in the process of different priorities enshrined in the above frameworks for action,� said.

Kangkana Baruah of Aide et Action and convenor of the media and PR committee of DisCon said, �IAG-Assam has taken an initiative to create a platform where different stakeholders, civil society, educational institutions, government departments, corporate entities, media, research institutes and citizens would interact and share ideas and visions for achieving the development goals towards a better resilient society, living in harmony with nature and balancing the development process. In light of these developments IAG-Assam is making its first attempt to harmonise all efforts aimed at DRR in the State and north-eastern region.�