The world has been facing humanitarian crises of unprecedented magnitude and intensity in the recent decades in the form of natural hazards, the impact of which is remarkable on climate changes as well as human induced disasters. In this back drop, Disaster Management, Infrastructure and Control Society (DMICS) an NGO was founded by Dr. S Ananda Babu in the year 2005 and registered under society act vide registered no. 204/2005.
Even before the formation of the NGO, the founder dedicated himself exclusively to disaster management and the first initiative in this regard dates back to November-2003, when A World congress on Disaster Management and Control system was conducted preceded by small events on traffic management, road safety etc.,
Significantly, DMICS brought the International Financial Crises which struck even the developing economy in the year 2009 within the ambit of disasters and an international conference was conducted from 17th to 18th Sep-2009 with Sri Konijeti Rosaiah, the then honorable Chief Minister of the state of Andhra Pradesh and Dr. Sri Rangarajan, the then Chairman Economic Advisory Capital to the Prime Minister as keynote speaker.The evolution of a major break through - 1st WCDM:
The earliest initiatives Catalyzed a big leap into the complex issues of Disaster Management and provided Phillip for global intervention and a paradigm shift in the policies and programs of DMICS. The direct outcome of this transformation was the organization of the 1st World Congress on disaster management(WCDM) from 21st to 24th October 2008 at Hyderabad under the Chairmanship of Dr. Prahalada, the distinguished scientist and the then chief controller, DRDO Ministry of defence, government of India, the first of its kind in Hyderabad. The object of the congress had been to network national and international resources and expertise by bringing them to a common plat form.Highlights of 1st WCDM:
Govt. of AP, National Disaster Management Authority(NDMA) were among the co-hosts. While his Excellency Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam, former president of India had been the chief guest, honorable chief minister of AP Dr. Y S Rajasekhar Reddy presided over the congress. The keynote address was delivered by Gen. N C Vij, Hon’ble vice chairman N D M A. NIDM, Govt. of India, ISRO, JNTU Hyderabad were among the prime associates. Dr. Dhar Chakrabarti, IAS the then Executive Director, NIDM and other hon’ble judges were among the notable participants.
The fact that 50 nations including UN organizations, UNISDR, SDC, UNICEF and UNFPA participated and deliberated on various themes of disaster signifies the global scope of the congress.Conclusion:
The 1st WCDM represented the people’s movement and set the trend for a more aggressive approach underlying the motto “Awareness begets precautions”.The 2nd, 3rd and 4th WCDMs:
Inspired by the striking success of 1st WCDM, 2nd WCDM was held in November 2015 focusing on vulnerability reduction and capacity development of women, youth, children, disabled and elderly and strengthening inclusive approaches. About 1000 disaster management professionals, practitioners, experts, researchers, academicians, defense service personnel, government authorities, NGOs, multilateral organizations, media, private sector actively participated. As many as 12 thematic sessions were organized. While affirming firm commitment to Sendai framework for DRR and sustainable development goals and be responsive to upcoming international commitments on climate change, the congress resolved to use modern/innovative technologies in all forms and manifestations as drivers to Early Warning System (EWS) applicable for multi-hazard context and disaster surveillance.Redesignating DMICS:
The five global frameworks adopted in Japan by 193 member countries of the United Nations are inter-related and integrated with each other, calling for convergence and integration of initiatives and action across all sections and all levels. It has therefore been decided by the Advisory Board that 3rd WCDM shall be organized under the name and style of Disaster Management, Initiatives and Convergence Society.Structure of 3rd WCDM:
3rd WCDM organized from 6th to 10th November 2017 was structured in 10 thematic clusters spread over 26 thematic sessions, in addition to featured event. The core mission of the 3rd WCDM had been to bring all stakeholders on a common platform to discuss the formidable challenges of building resilience to disaster across different sector and at all levels and promote better understanding and best practices. The congress was participated by many eminent keynote speakers, speakers, chairs and as many as 1500 delegates. A very notable feature of 3rd WCDM is the conceptualization of 7pillars, as highlighted in the 2030 global development agenda.4th WCDM:
The 4th WCDM held in Mumbai from 29th Jan to 1st Feb 2019 by the collaborative initiative by DMICS and Government of Maharashtra in association with the Indian Institution of Technology, Mumbai (IITB), Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) has been yet another landmark achievement of DMICS globally acclaimed. The congress was designed to be the largest assembly on Disaster Management outside the UN system.
4th WCDM 2019 revolved around over arching theme of bridging gaps between promises and action and more particularly the 7 pillars for building resilience to disasters as outlined in the 3rd WCDM.