Call for Papers Invited for 5th World Congress on Disaster Management (WCDM) 2021
Organization Name: World Congress on Disaster Management (WCDM)
Apply By: 31 Mar 2021
Location: IIT Delhi
Presentation Date: 24 Nov. 2021 - 27 Nov. 2021
About the Organization:
World Congress on Disaster Management (WCDM) is a unique initiative of DMICS to bring researchers, policy makers and practitioners from around the world in the same platform to discuss various challenging issues of disaster risk management. The mission of WCDM is to promote interaction of science, policy and practices to enhance understanding of risks and advance actions for reducing risks and building resilience to disasters.
5th World Congress on Disaster Management (WCDM) 2021
Four editions of WCDM have been held so far. The first WCDM took place in 2008 in the Hitech city of Hyderabad. Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam, former President of India inaugurated the Congress while Y S Rajasekhara Reddy former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh presided over the inaugural function. More than 1000 delegates representing various national, provincial and local governments, UN bodies, scientific and technical organizations, universities, civil society organisations, corporate sector and media attended the Congress.
The second WCDM was organised jointly with Government of Andhra Pradesh in 2015 in the coastal city of Vishakhapatnam The Congress focused on the need for coordinated research and action involving all stakeholders for holistic management of disasters in all its cycles - during pre-disaster prevention, mitigation and preparedness; on-disaster response and relief; and post-disaster recovery and reconstruction.
The third WCDM was held in 2017 in Vishakhapatnam on a bigger scale to discuss the challenging issues of reducing risks and building resilience to disasters across sectors. The Congress adopted the Visakhapatnam Declaration and Plan of Action for building resilience across seven pillars.
The fourth WCDM was organised in Mumbai jointly with Government of Maharashtra, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay and Tata Institute of Social Sciences. More than 1500 participants from 68 countries attended the event spread over 9 Plenary Sessions, 63 Technical Sessions and 6 Special Feature Events.
Call for Papers:
Technology: Science and technology have made significant achievements across different fields and would surely be making further breakthroughs in many crucial areas of development like health, agriculture, energy, communication etc. These can accelerate the process of implementation of the ambitious and transformative global agendas of resilient and sustainable development, if the power of technology is harnessed and applied in innovative ways to address the critical gaps in key areas.
Finance: Finance is the second most critical issue for building resilience to disasters as without adequate allocation of funds the programmes, activities and projects on disaster prevention, mitigation and preparedness cannot be undertaken in any meaningful manner. National governments in developing countries have not invested more than 1 percent of their budget on disaster risk management and most of these resources have been used for disaster response and relief. International development assistance has also focused primarily on humanitarian assistance post disasters.
Capacity: Even if there is transfer of technology and flow of funds there is no certainty that these would be utilised optimally for the desired results unless capacities are developed across all sectors and at all levels for leveraging technology and finance for building resilience. Therefore capacity building has been rightly highlighted as one of the most essential prerequisites of resilience building. Every country and community has inherent capacities through years of experiences and wisdom in dealing with disasters. Some of these traditional capacity are still relevant but the changing pattern of risks and emergence of new risks of disasters make it imperative that indigenous knowledge on disaster are validated, upgraded and supplemented with scientific knowledge of hazards, vulnerabilities and risks and the means for preventing and mitigating such risks and for getting prepared with residual risks.
- Last date for submission of abstracts - 31 March 2021
- Last date for intimation of acceptance of abstracts - 30 April 2021
- Last date for submission of full-length draft papers - 31 August 2021
- Acceptance of full-length papers for publication - 15 October 2021
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