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State Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction 

State Governments have increasingly been recognizing the need to reduce the impact of calamities through a systematic and committed approach to disaster risk reduction. There is a need for State Governments to foster a participatory approach in the process of decision making regarding disaster management to strengthen the disaster management structure and institutions all over the state. Therefore, the several states/UTs are in process of constituting the State Level Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (SPDRR).

Himachal Pradesh

The Government of Himachal Pradesh has constituted a multi-stakeholder State Level Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (SPDRR) vide Government’s resolution no.- Rev(DMC) (F) 11-45/2016 dated 24th February 2016.

The SPDRR has been constituted with the Hon’ble Chief Minister as Chairperson, Hon’ble Revenue Minister as Vice Chairperson, Additional Chief Secretaries/Principal Secretaries/Secretaries of various government departments as representatives of the State Government Departments, ex-officio members, heads of educational institutions, industry, media, civil society and international organization representatives, with the Additional Chief Secretary (Rev- DM) as the convener.

The goal of the SPDRR is to establish a multi-sectoral, multi-agency and multi-disciplinary mechanism for building partnerships by involving all stakeholders.

The first session of the Himachal Pradesh SPDRR was organized on the theme of "Disaster Resilience Development", at the Armsdale Conference Hall, Himachal Pradesh Government Secretariat, Shimla, on 22nd September 2016.

Some of the key decisions taken include the development of a roadmap and guidelines on the Sendai Framework of Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR) for the State of Himachal Pradesh including a 2-day workshop on the implementation of SFDRR in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the mainstreaming and integration of DRR in all developmental programmes for empowering sustainable development in the state.

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