Press Release: DRRM consultation with parliamentary committee on law justice and HR
Parliamentary Committee on Law, Justice and Human Rights Considers Inclusion of Disaster Risk Reduction and Management into Draft Legislation
26 March 2019, Kathmandu – The Parliamentary Committee on Law, Justice and Human Rights has met in Kathmandu to discuss the inclusion of Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) into the process of drafting laws in the new devolved, federal structure.
The two-day consultation programme was organized by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), in coordination with the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Federal Affairs & General Administration.
Addressing the Closing Session today Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Hon. Bhanu Bhakta Dhakal said, "With the amendments in some Nepal Acts in line to the spirit of federalism and endorsement of DRRM bylaw, there is added responsibility regarding DRRM and contributing in developing a resilient nation. This provides an opportunity to the government to appoint well versed and capable Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority (NDRRMA)."
Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Hon. Bhanu Bhakta Dhakal addressing the Closing Session of the consultation programme. Photo: IOM/2019
“Parliamentarians can play a key role in guiding the government in implementing the amended DRRM Act 2017. Cooperation and coordination at federal, provincial and local level is essential to emergency response, as is having a timely preparedness and response plan,” said IOM Chief of Mission for Nepal Paul Norton.
IOM has been organizing a series of consultations, interactions and discussions on DRRM to support the government’s efforts to improve national resilience in line with the Sustainable Development Goals and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015 – 2030. The initiative is funded by USAID’s Office of the U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA.)
Nepal is among the 20 most disaster-prone countries in the world. In 2015 earthquakes displaced approximately 2.8 million people. Some 117,700 people in the 14 worst-affected districts were forced to find shelter in makeshift camps. 2017 also saw heavy rains resulting in flooding across 35 of Nepal’s 77 districts. Over 190,000 houses were destroyed or partially damaged, displacing tens of thousands of people and leaving many homeless.
Former Chair of Constituent Assembly and Speaker of the House of Representatives Hon. Mr. Subash Chandra Nemwang along with members of Parliamentary Committee and IOM Nepal officials after the inaugural session of the consultation programme. Photo: IOM/2019
Nepal’s new federal structure will see a massive shift of power from federal to provincial and municipal levels of government. DRRM is among 22 areas of government that are now the responsibility of devolved authorities.
The government is currently updating roles, structure, and responsibilities of its disaster management agencies based on the new DRRM Act 2017. This will include significant decentralization for decision making, resources management and service delivery systems.
The Committee on Law, Justice and Human Rights is one among the 12 Parliamentary Committees of House of Representatives. It comprises 24 members of the Federal Parliament and ensures accountability by providing advice and guidance to the government and concerned bodies.
For more information please contact Paul Norton at IOM Nepal, Tel. +97714426250, Ext. 194 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org