Gangtok December 20th, 2018 : Three-day long regional level consultation on Child Centered Emergency Preparedness was concluded today with a very strong commitment made by eight participating NE states to ensure a life for children with reduced loss made by disasters in future. The regional level consultation was organised jointly by SSDMA, NDMA, UNICEF and Oxfam India in Gangtok, Sikkim. While addressing the participants, Sri Shakti Singh Chaudhury, Mayor, GMC mentioned, “I hope this regional level consultation will help you to bring discernible changes in the existing practices related to disaster preparedness in your respective states”.
The three day long regional consultation helped the participants to review their disaster preparedness plan and make new commitments towards ensuring a better future for children with enhanced disaster management system and practices. Innovative measures taken by the Government of Sikkim to ensure a disaster resilient state helped the participants to understand the importance of organised planning in the context of disaster. While thanking the participants for their active participation during the valedictory session, Shri RingzingChewang, Special Secretary- Land Revenue and Disaster Management, Government of Sikkim mentioned, “Sikkim has taken a very effective step towards ensuring a child cantered emergency preparedness by integrating Disaster Risk Reduction messages into the school curriculum. Sikkim and Kerala are the two states that have done this till date and I expect all the NE states will explore ways to introduce the same in their school curriculum.”
While explaining the future plans to ensure the continuation of efforts to carry forward the learning from the consultation, Shri G.C. Khanal, Addl. Director, SDMA mentioned, “This consultation will be followed up with state specific plans to ensure child centered emergency preparedness planning and implementation. Though any disaster impacts the overall population but our experience made us understand the fact the children get worst affected. Thus, introducing child cantered emergency management is highly recommended for all the states.”
A total of 60 participants from the eight NE states took part in the consultation and they expressed their great appreciation for the innovative measures taken by the government of Sikkim towards making it a disaster resilient state.