Workshop on International Disaster Response Law in Nepal


On January 28-29, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, along with the Nepal Red Cross Society and the Instiute of Crisis Mangement Studies, co-hosted a two-day workshop on "Strengthening the Legal Framework for International Disaster Response Law in Nepal".  The workshop was attended by various governmental parties, INGOS/NGOS, security forces, minitries and members of parliament etc.  
 
Objective
 
A fast, effective and well-coordinated disaster response minimizes loss of life and property and facilitates early recovery.  The Government of Nepal has the primary responsibility to address the humanitarian needs caused by a disaster within its borders.  When domestic capacity is overwhelmed, the rapid facilitation and entry of relief items and personnel ensures that disaster affected persons receive the assistance they need in a timely manner.  International disaster assistance, when welcomed into Nepal, should be designed and implemented so that it is complementary to the efforts of domestic actors.  This discussion  aims to bring key stakeholders together to discuss  the procedures for the entry, coordination and expedition of international disaster relief into Nepal for the response and initial recovery, drawing on experiences and lessons learned in the earthquake response. Ultimately the workshop will guide the development draft guidelines to strengthen legal preparedness for future international response operations in Nepal, which have the potential to be included in any revised National Disaster Management Act .
 
 Organization Profiles
 
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
 
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world's largest humanitarian network that reaches 150 million people in 189 National Societies through the work of over 17 million volunteers.  IFRC acts before, during and after disasters and health emergencies to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people. Our strength is in our volunteer network, our community-based expertise and our ability to give a global voice to vulnerable people. By improving humanitarian standards, working as partners in development, responding to disasters, supporting healthier and safer communities, we help reduce vulnerabilities, strengthen resilience and foster a culture of peace around the world.
 
Nepal Red Cross Society
 
Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) came into being in 1963. It was recognized by the ICRC in 1964 and affiliated to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in the same year. NRCS has, over the years, grown to be the largest humanitarian organization in Nepal, with its network of District Chapters (DCs) extended in each of the 75 districts of the 
 
country. District Chapters receive organizational support from more than 800 Sub-Chapters and Co-operation Committees under them.  The mission of the Nepal Red Cross is to relieve human suffering and to reduce vulnerability through community participation and mobilization of an increased number of volunteers, by expanding and strengthening the organizational structure of the society and by building links with governmental and non-governmental organizations.
 
Institute of Crisis Management Studies
 
The Institute of Crisis Management Studies was established in 2013 as a center for academia focusing on the management of crisis resulting from both human activity and natural causes. It is located in Kathmandu, Nepal and offers a unique, multidisciplinary Master of Arts in Crisis Management. Its faculty include national and international scholars, practitioners and experts currently engaged in the diverse areas pertaining to crisis. 
 
ICMS also offers trainings, simulation exercises and field visits, as part of the curriculum and as practical exercises for a range of different governmental and non-governmental organizations and initiatives. It aims to provide a platform for the pursuit of scholarly and practical inquiry which supports academic excellence in crisis management--a new and important field of academic discourse.
 
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