About Third World Congress on Disaster Management

The 3rd World Congress on Disaster Management (WCDM) is being organised at the coastal city of Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India during 6-10 November 2017. The Congress would be deliberating on some of the most critical challenges of implementation of the global frameworks and agreements at the local level, particularly in the context of the least developed and developing countries of the region.

Revolving around the central theme of Building Resilience for Sustaining Development WCDM-2017 would involve national and sub-national governments, scientific and technical organisations, academia, professional bodies, industry, civil society, practitioners, media besides the UN bodies and multi-lateral and regional organisations.

Building on the experiences gained at the preceding two Congresses, the Third Congress is envisaged to facilitate co-learning through sharing of knowledge and best practices, understanding emerging challenges and promoting interaction among scientists, policy makers and practitioners, besides forging new partnerships and networks and honouring the champions of disaster risk management.

The Mission Of Third World Congress on Disaster Management

The core mission of the Third World Congress would be to bring all the stakeholders together on a common platform to discuss the formidable challenges of building resilience to disasters across different sectors and at all levels of development and promote better understandings of how systems and processes, knowledge and practices, strategies and action plans can be developed for meeting these challenges in the years ahead.


With this overarching mission, the Third World Congress has been designed to provide a platform for interaction among scientists, researchers, policy makers and practitioners to discuss the following issues for building resilience to disasters across various sectors of development and at all levels:

Understanding risks of disasters, small and large, frequent and infrequent, sudden and slow onset, caused by natural or manmade hazards, as well as related environmental, technological and biological hazards .

Assessing social, economic and environmental vulnerabilities to disasters.

Highlighting underlying risks that may make disasters increasingly more complex.

Analyzing costs and benefits of investments for risk prevention and mitigation.

Examining effectiveness of existing standards for reducing risks of various disasters.

Discussing preparedness of various agencies to respond to emergency situations.

Reviewing experiences gained from recovery and reconstruction after disasters.

Integrating climate change adaptation with disaster risk reduction.

Deliberating strategies to reduce impact of disasters on vulnerable sections.

Developing capacity through education, research, training and awareness.

Improving effectiveness for disaster risk governance at all levels.

Promoting indigenous knowledge and community based disaster preparedness.

Making housing, critical infrastructures, cities and heritage resilient to risks of disasters.

Strengthening public-private partnerships for disaster risk reduction.

Forging partnership with media for creating mass awareness for disaster risk reduction.

Towards a Safer & Resilient Future