More than 70 Participants discussing disaster preparedness for most-at-risk groups

To sensitize all relevant stakeholders on the importance of inclusion and recognition of most at-risk groups within the field of disaster preparedness, disaster risk reduction and resilience building, ASB organised an orientation session in Nepal.

Persons with and without disabilities discussed, how most-at risk groups can participate in disaster risk reduction and resilience building structures.
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On December 12th 2016, ASB - in collaboration with the National Federation of the Disabled Nepal (NFD-N), Nepal Association of the Blind (NAB) and Disaster Preparedness Network (DPNet) - organized a disability-inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (DiDRR) orientation session for representatives of state and non-state actors working on disaster risk reduction and disability in Nepal.

The event took place as part of the National Human Rights Summit of persons with disabilities organized on the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) and the International Human Rights Day.

The objective of the DiDRR orientation session was to sensitize the participants on the importance of inclusion and recognition of most at-risk groups including women, children and youth, older persons as well as persons with disabilities, as key contributing stakeholders to disaster risk reduction and resilience building.

During the session, the participants identified barriers to inclusion and defined ways forward for ensuring meaningful participation of persons with disabilities and their representative organizations in disaster risk reduction planning and programming at all levels in Nepal.

The recommendations from the session, prepared jointly by the civil society actors and the government representatives, have been incorporated in the "Kathmandu Declaration for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities" adopted at the end of the Human Rights Summit as well as general advocacy for disability-inclusive DRR in Nepal.

The event was attended by more than 70 representatives from the Disabled People's Organizations (DPOs), disaster risk reduction practitioners, National Reconstruction Authority and key ministries responsible for disaster risk management and social affairs, Association of International NGOs in Nepal, private sector, academia and media. All participants, including the government, expressed their strong commitment and support disability-inclusive DRR in Nepal.

The program venue was accessible for all participants and ensured meaningful participation of everyone, including persons with disabilities.

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