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    Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief

    Date: 15 - 17 May 2018
    Country: Bangladesh
    City/State: Dhaka

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2nd International Conference on Disability and Disaster Risk Management

MAIN ORGANIZER(S): Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief (MoDMR)

MAIN HOST(S): Bangladesh - government

Type: Meeting or Conference Date: 15 - 17 May 2018 Location: Bangladesh (Dhaka) Venue: The Bangabandhu International Convention Center (BICC)

About the conference

The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 (SFDRR) is the first major agreement of the post-2015 development agenda. It was endorsed by the UN General Assembly following the 2015 Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR). It has been widely hailed as the most inclusive of its kind. The framework provides multiple references to accessibility, inclusion and universal design, provides an outline that can lead to a safer, more resilient world for all. The Sendai Framework underscores that disaster risk reduction is essential to achieve sustainable development. This is echoed in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Indeed, ten of the seventeen SDGs have targets related to disaster risk, firmly establishing the role of disaster risk reduction in realizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), the Incheon Strategy: Make the Right Real and relevant international and regional documents all call for disability-inclusive disaster risk and crises management.

Bangladesh organized the Dhaka Conference on Disability & Disaster Risk Management in December 2015 to share experience and knowledge on disability inclusive DRM, with a purpose to identify concrete actions for inclusive implementation of the SFDRR. It was attended by over 400 participants from 18 different countries, with nearly 25% of the participants being persons with disabilities.

The outcome document of the Dhaka Conference was the Dhaka Declaration on Disability and DRM. This Declaration supports the implementation of the Sendai Framework by calling for inclusion and the full and meaningful participation of persons with disabilities in all disaster risk management programs, including specific actions to be undertaken by 2017. During the conference, the participants and organizers identified a necessity to organize such international level conferences on a regular basis to strengthen and sustain international support for the inclusive implementation of the SFDRR.

Following the Dhaka conference, the Dhaka Declaration found due prominence. It was promoted at international, regional and at national levels by different agencies. The Declaration was made available in the accessible format, translated into different languages and referred to during the development of inclusive DRR plans and roadmaps in the light of the Sendai Framework.

At the national level, the Government of Bangladesh has taken a lead in implementing the propositions of the declaration. A national task force has already been launched to monitor the progress of its implementation within the country, by both the government and non-government sectors, and to also encourage others to follow suit. Also, a national focal person has been nominated, who will represent Bangladesh at international platforms on DRM, to ensure disability inclusion under the broader framework of SFDRR.

The Government of Bangladesh has significantly contributed to disability inclusion into the Asian Region Plan to implement the Sendai Framework 2015-2030 during the Asian Ministerial Conference on DRR-2016 (AMCDRR), hosted by India. The New Delhi Declaration, an outcome document of this AMCDRR makes reference to the Dhaka Conference on Disability and DRM. During the AMCDRR, the Honorable Minister for Disaster Management & Relief, Government of Bangladesh declared that the 2nd International Conference on Disability & Disaster Risk Management shall again be hosted and organized at Dhaka by the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief (MoDMR), Government of Bangladesh in 2017. However, considering the very long disaster situation prevailing in the country in 2017 the conference had been shifted to the first half of 2018.

The conference this year will also focus on addressing disability issues in the humanitarian crisis, which was strongly highlighted in the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016 and in relevant documents.


To share knowledge & experience and to identify future actions for inclusive implementation of the Sendai Framework, its regional plans and the Dhaka Declaration 2015 as well as disability inclusive humanitarian actions.


The Conference will be inaugurated on 15 May 2018 by H E Sheikh Hasina, Honorable Prime Minister, Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh

Overall theme

Disability inclusive disaster risk management – today and tomorrow

Sub-thematic areas for discussion

  1. Progress and learning on inclusive implementation of the Sendai Framework, regional plans and the Dhaka Declaration on DRM-2015
  2. Leaving no one behind: Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Development Goals
  3. Disability inclusion within disaster risk governance
  4. Private Sector and inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction
  5. Towards Resilient Cities: Accessible Urban Planning and Inclusive Urban Risk Reduction
  6. Accessible Technology: Applications, Tools and Software on DRR and Humanitarian Response
  7. Voices and roles of persons with disabilities, their collectives and Disabled People’s Organizations (DPOs) within Disaster Risk Management (DRM)
  8. DRM for the most at risks including Persons with Neuro developmental disability, Mental health, and other persons with profound disabilities
  9. Models of Psychological First Aid for Trauma Management in Humanitarian Crisis
  10. Inclusive Humanitarian Actions in disasters and protracted crisis
  11. Women, Elders, Youths and Children with disabilities in DRM
  12. Innovative and inclusive practices on DRR, Crises Management/Humanitarian Actions and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA)
  13. Stakeholders in inclusive DRR: (a) Defense Forces, Security Forces; (b) Fire Brigade, and Emergency Service Providers – Hospitals; (c) Rovers Scouts, Volunteers
  14. Media and effective knowledge sharing
  15. Research, surveys and study findings on Disability inclusive DRM & humanitarian actions
  16. Disability inclusive disaster risk management: Role of Local Government


US $ 100 for International Participants and BDT 3,000 for National Participants. Registration closes on Wednesday, 25 April 2018


Policy makers, practitioners, academicians, researchers, students from the fields of development; especially disability, humanitarian action / crises management, disaster risk management and climate change sectors from Government, Local Government, UN agencies, NGOs, DPOs, Universities, Private Sector and other relevant institutions.

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CONTRIBUTED BY: Broja Gopal Saha