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UNISDR ARISE Global Board Elects India’s Nirankar Saxena as Member

Mr. Nirankar Saxena, Deputy Secretary General, FICCI has been elected Board Member of UNISDR Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies (ARISE). The election results were announced by Ms. Mami Mizutori, Assistant Secretary-General and Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).

ARISE is a UNISDR-led network of private sector entities, whose members commit to align with the Sendai Framework. ARISE is separate from but works closely with UN Global Compact. Members share information, experience, activities and projects, while the level of involvement and resources is at the discretion of each member. Most activities and interactions are at local and regional level.

The setting up of ARISE is the direct result of the decision taken in September 2015 by UNISDR, based on Sendai Framework to reduce the loss and recognize the important role of private sector in resilient risk management. Natural disasters have wide impact on all sections of society, and include both economic damages and non-market damages like social and environmental. Due to increasing investments in areas such as infrastructure globally, the economic impact of such disasters increases every year. It is important to invest in sustainable businesses as we move forward to minimize disaster risks, and prevent the economic fallout from them, rather than just engage in post-disaster relief work. With the expertise FICCI has in mitigating disasters, its credentials were recognized by UNISDR by making it as Member of ARISE UNISDR on 04 August 2017.

The activities of ARISE are built around seven themes which are raising awareness of Disaster Risks & Awareness raising, with respect to disaster risk and mobilization of private sector, exercising influence in respective spheres of expertise, bringing in expertise of the private sector, be a catalyst to generate innovation and collaboration and implement tangible projects and activities of the Sendai Framework. ARISE is committed to implementing the Sendai Framework with emphasis to ensure the private sector investments and operations are hazard resilient (risk sensitive), in collaboration with the public sector.

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