India was on 14 May 2019, chosen as the Co-chair of the Consultative Group (CG) of Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) for the fiscal year 2020.
The decision was taken unanimously during the meeting of the GFDRR in Geneva, Switzerland. The meeting was held on the sidelines of the 6th Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction.
1. The GFDRR is a global partnership that facilitates the developing countries to better understand the natural hazards and climate change and reduce their vulnerability towards them.
2. It provides technical assistance, helps in capacity building and enables analytical work to help vulnerable nations improve resilience and reduce disaster risk.
3. The Facility works on a grant-funding mechanism that supports disaster risk management projects across the globe.
4. The funding is managed by the World Bank.
5. The Facility is currently working with over 400 local, national, regional, and international partners.
The move came after India expressed its interest to Co-chair the Group during its last meeting in October 2018. The meeting was attended by Kamal Kishore, Member of the National Disaster Management Authority and Kumar Jindal, the Joint Secretary of Disaster Management.