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UN confers Kiren Rijiju with Disaster Risk Reduction Asia Champion honour

Kiren Rijiju

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju, has been designated as the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Champion for the Asia Region by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). The honour was conferred here today by Margarete Wahlstrom, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General for Disaster Risk Reduction, during the inaugural session of the Asia Leaders’ Meeting towards Implementation of the Sendai Framework for DRR in Asia.

Lauding Kiren Rijiju upon being conferred as the Asia Champion for DRR, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that the constant efforts of Shri Kiren Rijiju in the field of Disaster Management have resulted into recognition of India as DRR regional Champion by the United Nations.

Accepting the honour, Rijiju acknowledged the important role of the visionary leadership of our Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the field of Disaster Management and the personal guidance of our Home Minister Rajnath Singh in the ascension of India as the leader in the Disaster Risk Reduction.

This recognition is an onerous responsibility on India and in my personal capacity to make India, Asia-Pacific and the world as a whole safer and better prepared to deal with any disaster. While emphasizing the role of DRR in development and poverty eradication, he said that “we recognize the importance of including disaster and climate risk management as an integral part of developmental planning and programs to realize the global goals of sustainable development and poverty eradication.”

Rijiju is the first regional champion for DRR after the Sendai Agreement, giving an impetus to Government of India’s efforts to facilitate regional support towards enabling community resilience in the Asia-Pacific region. Shri Rijiju also happens to be first Indian to be conferred with this honour.