The International Institute of Security and Safety Management (IISSM) has concluded its 33rd Annual Global Conclave in a row. This year’s theme was “Disasters, Climate Change, and Security: Business Leadership, Innovation, and Building Resilience (BLIBR).”
Of late, the topic has gained traction across all the segments, be it in the governance (local to international), industries, academia and business houses, because of frequent occurrence of natural or manmade disasters. Each of the national governments is looking for solutions to the problem as it is a big drain on the exchequer to the tune of 3 to 5% of GDP, which can be utilized for sustainable development. The consequences of climate change is real and the disruptions caused by disasters alongwith raging wars, makes us feel the need for protection against these and to create a safer and sustainable business environment.
As the IISSM is known for, conduct of the sessions for both the days were of very high order. Two days were packed with events – Key Notes, Special Addresses and Plenary Sessions.
The highlight was that the Inaugural address was given by none other than Sri Chandi Prasad Bhatt, Padmabhushan, Raman Magsaysay and Gandhi Peace Prize Awardee who came all the way from Gopeshwar, near Badrinath. Nitin Jayaram Gadkari and Sarbananda Sonowal, both the ministers of the government of India addressed the Conclave through Video recorded messages. In addition, Key Notes were delivered by the people (whose’ who) in India and elsewhere.
All the sessions were of very exciting in terms of knowledge sharing, debate and strategies discussed on Disaster Management. Another highlight of the event was that the IISSM had the unique opportunity to Honour the brave-hearts of NDRF who had given their best to rescue the 41 labourer trapped in Silkyara Tunnel for 18 days.
The IISSM will publish an Annual Report on the Conclave in couple of weeks.