Celebration in Nepal

The IDDR 2016 is being celebrated in 23 community libraries/ resources centers in 17 districts of Nepal jointly by ASB, READ Nepal and DPOs.

The objectives of the IDDR celebrations were to increase the awareness among communities, local government and other key stakeholders about the importance of DRR in saving lives and reducing disaster losses.
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On 21 October 2016, Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund (ASB) Nepal and Read Information and Resource Center (READ) together with the Gauri Shankar Community Library and Disabled People's Organizations (DPOs) from Dolakha have joined the "Sendai Seven" campaign dedicated to celebration of the International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR).

Since its inception 25 years ago, the IDDR has grown into a major global awareness event celebrated in many ways to encourage efforts to build more disaster-resilient communities and nations. This year, IDDR with the slogan "Live to Tell" marks the launch of the new "Sendai Seven" campaign, centered on the seven targets of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) 2015-2030 aimed at saving lives, reducing disaster losses and improving management of disaster risk.

The objectives of the IDDR celebration organized in the Magu village of the Dolakha district of Nepal were to increase the awareness among communities, local government and other key stakeholders about the importance of DRR in saving lives and reducing disaster losses.

During this event, it was emphasized that people with disabilities, older persons, women and children, people living in poverty and other at-risk groups must be included in disaster risk reduction planning and programming for increasing the chances of survival of all persons in a community, minimizing collective damage and loss, and the creation of resilient, inclusive and equitable societies.

In addition, basic DRR and safety messages were delivered to all participants, including people with disabilities in accessible formats (e.g. Braille, sign language interpretation, etc.) through the video documentaries, interaction program on earthquake safety and preparedness, printed notes, etc.

The IDDR 2016 will be celebrated in 23 community libraries / resources centers in 17 districts of Nepal jointly by ASB, READ Nepal and DPOs over the upcoming 10 days.

The initiative is part of the ASB-READ Nepal "Disability-inclusive DRR through community libraries" program supported by the German relief coalition, Aktion-Deutschland-Hilft (ADH) in Dolakha and German Telekom in Nuwakot districts of Nepal.

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