WCDM-2020 is being organised jointly by the Government of National Capital Territory (GNCT) of Delhi, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi and Disaster Management Initiatives and Convergence Society (DMICS) Hyderabad in collaboration with National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM).
The city of Delhi, officially known as the National Capital Territory (NCT), covers an area of 1,484 square kilometres with an estimated population of 16.8 million, the second most populated city of India after Mumbai. Delhi’s urban area extends much beyond the NCT boundaries and includes the neighbouring satellite cities of Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Gurgaon, and NOIDA, which together is called Central National Capital Region (CNCR) with an estimated population of over 26 million people, making it the world's second-largest urban area after Tokyo Japan.
Delhi has a chequered history dating back to 6th century BC. Through most of its history, Delhi has served as a capital of various kingdoms and empires. The city has been captured, ransacked and rebuilt several times, particularly during the medieval period, and modern Delhi is a cluster of at least seven cities spread across the metropolitan region.
Delhi has over a dozen universities besides several deemed to be universities and engineering and other colleges and Institutes of Eminence, including the Indian Institute of Technology, which attract students from all over India.
GNCT has a unique constitutional status of Union Territory with a Legislative Assembly. The Government of NCT is headed by a Lt. Governor appointed by the Government of India. He runs the affairs of the Union Territory with the aid and advice of an elected Chief Minister enjoying the confidence of the Legislative Assembly.
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi is recognised worldwide as a leading institute of technology. Established in 1961, the Institute provides state-of-art infrastructure and environment for teaching, research and innovation across a wide range of disciplines and inter-disciplinary subjects. The academic and research activities of IIT Delhi are structured in 5 Schools, 15 Departments, 10 Interdisciplinary Centres, and 18 Centres of Excellence.
With a student body of over 5,000 students including doctoral students, IIT Delhi is one of the most sought-after academic institutions in India. In 2018, the Government of India has accorded IIT Delhi with the highly prestigious status of an Institute of Eminence.
Disaster Management Initiatives and Convergence Society (DMICS) was established in 2005, in the aftermath of India Ocean Tsunami, to enhance understanding and awareness among the people about the risks of various types and dimensions of disasters, and the measures to be taken for reducing the risks, and for better preparedness, response and recovery through multi-disciplinary research and publications, and multi-stake holder’s consultations.
DMICS is engaged in conducting series of workshops, seminars and conferences on a wide range of issues of disaster risk management and networks with communities, governments, NGOs, academic and research institutions, media, public and private sectors. DMICS had been privileged to organize three World Congresses on Disaster Management, each attended by more than 1000 delegates from around the world.
National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) is the apex Body of Government of India, established through the Disaster Management Act 2005 and responsible for framing policies, laying down guidelines, and coordinating with the State Disaster Management Authorities (SDMAs) for holistic and distributed approach to disaster management in India. NDMA is headed by the Prime Minister of India and can have up to nine other members. NDMA has a vision to "build a safer and disaster resilient India by a holistic, pro-active, technology driven and sustainable development strategy that involves all stakeholders and fosters a culture of prevention, preparedness and mitigation."
NDMA has developed the National Policy, framed a series of National Guidelines, and issued National Plan on Disaster Management. NDMA has also spearheaded the process of setting up a global Coalition of Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) in New Delhi.
National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM), constituted under the Disaster Management Act 2005, has the responsibility of planning and promoting training and capacity building services including strategic learning on disaster management; undertaking research, documentation and development of national level information base on disasters; providing assistance for national level policies, strategies and frameworks on disaster management; promoting awareness and enhancing knowledge and skills of all stakeholders; and networking and facilitating exchange of information, experience and expertise on disaster management in the country and the region.
Over the past one and half decade NIDM has excelled in the discharge of all these responsibilities and emerged as one of the premier institutes on disaster management in the region. It is steadily marching towards the mission of making a disaster resilient India by developing and promoting a culture of prevention and preparedness at all levels.