World Congress on Disaster Management (WCDM 2021)
WCDM-2021 is being organized jointly by the Government of National Capital Territory (GNCT) of Delhi, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, and Disaster Management Initiatives and Convergence Society (DMICS) Hyderabad in collaboration with National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM).
Considering the severe threats that disasters pose for sustainable development, the global communities have flagged ‘building resilience to disasters’ as one of the overarching goals of global development agendas. The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction seeks to achieve ‘substantial reduction of disaster risk and losses in lives, livelihoods, and health and in the economic, physical, social, cultural and environmental assets of persons, businesses, communities, and countries.’ UN Sustainable Development Goals are ‘determined to take the bold and transformative steps which are urgently needed to shift the world on to a sustainable and resilient path.’ The Paris Agreement on Climate Change professes to ‘foster climate resilience’ for ‘sustainable development and eradication of poverty’. Similar commitments for building resilience to disasters have been made in the New Urban Agenda and the Agenda for Humanity.
Scanning these global development agendas, the Third World Congress on Disaster Management held in Vishakhapatnam in November 2017 identified seven pillars for building resilience to disasters. These are resilient agriculture and livelihood, resilient schools and hospitals, resilient infrastructure, resilient cities, and human settlements, resilient communities, resilient businesses, and the resilience of the vulnerable communities. The Fourth World Congress held in Mumbai in January 2019 deliberated on the challenges and opportunities for bridging the gaps between promises and action across all these pillars of resilience.
WCDM 2021 invites researchers, policymakers, and practitioners to contribute papers for oral and presentations in different Technical Sessions of the Congress.