United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) has awarded Sasakawa Award 2019 for Disaster Risk Reduction to Pramod Kumar Mishra. He was awarded in recognition of his dedication to improve the resilience of communities most exposed to disasters. He is currently serving as Additional Principal Secretary to Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi. The theme of the 2019 Sasakawa award was “Building Inclusive and Resilient Societies”.
He was conferred the award during ongoing 6th Session of Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR) 2019 at Geneva, Switzerland. GPDRR is biennial multi-stakeholder forum established by UN General Assembly (UNGA) to review progress, share knowledge and discuss the latest developments and trends in reducing disaster risk.
About United Nations Sasakawa Award
It is most prestigious international award in area of Disaster Risk Management. It was instituted in 1986 by Nippon Foundation. It is jointly given by the UNDRR and the Nippon Foundation. It is awarded either to organizations or individuals in recognization of their contributions for ensuring inclusive participation in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) activities for all sections of society, especially the poor. Winners are awarded total grant of US $50,000.
Note: It is one of three awards established by Nippon Foundation founder Ryoichi Sasakawa. Other two are World Health Organization Sasakawa Health Prize and UN Environment Programme Sasakawa Environment Prize.