About The 4th WCDM

The 4th World Congress on Disaster Management (WCDM-2019) is being organised in Mumbai during 29th January - 1st February 2019 to deliberate on some of the most critical issues and challenges of implementation of the global frameworks on building resilience to disasters.

Organised jointly by the Government of Maharashtra, Disaster Management Initiatives and Convergence Society (DMICS), Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay and Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) Mumbai, WCDM-2019 has been designed to be the largest assembly on disaster management outside the UN system.


Governor's Message

I am pleased to know that Government of Maharashtra is organizing the 4th world congress on Disaster Management in association with Disaster Management Initiatives and Convergence Society (DMICS), Hyderabad, the Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS) and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay in Mumbai from 29th January to 1st February 2019
I wish and hope that the discussion on the theme of the Congress, namely, ‘Building Resilience to Disaster: Bridging Gaps between Promises and Action’ will provide excellent opportunites to all delegates to critically evaluate the challenges as well as opportunities for the implementation of the development agenda at the ground level.
I congratulate the organizers and wish the participants fruitful deliberations






CH. Vidyasagar Rao
Governor of Maharashta


Chief Minister's Message

It is an honour for Maharashtra to host the Fourth World Congress on Disaster Management in Mumbai in assosiation with Indian Institute of Technology, Bomaby (IIT-B), Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai and the Disaster Management Initiatives and Convergence Society (DMICS), Hyderabad.
Increasing frequencies and growing intensities of disasters around the world have been causing enormous losses of lives, livelihoods and assets. The State of Maharashtra is vulnerable to a horst of natural as well as manmade disasters. It has borne the brunt of various natural disasters like the 1993 Latur Earthquake, the 2005 Floods, successive spells of Drought including man-made disasters....
various industrial accidents, Oil Spills of the coast etc in the recent past. The State Government has taken multiple steps towards mitigation as well as preparedness apart from effective response to reduce the impact of disasters. However, much more still needs to be done as climate change has brought newer challenges in form of extreme weather events which are also rising, not just in India but also globally. Despite Several initiatives to mitigate and enhance the preparedness, the task of reducing risks of disasters and building resilience of countries and communities has remained a daunting task. The 2030 Global development agenda, woven around the Sendai Framework, Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Climate Agreement, promises to overcome these challenges with a clear set of goals, targets and indicators. The Ten point Agenda decalred by the Hon Prime Minister of India in the 2016 Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in New Delhi has become the guideline for implementation of the agenda in India and globally.
In spite of this, challenges in actual implementation of the global agendas at the local level still remain formidable. The fourth WCDM will focus specifically on the issues of implementation of global agendas of building resilience across sectors.
I call upon UN agencies, regional organisations, national governments, city mayors, academic and scientific institutions, civil society organisations, business houses, and media besides experts, policy makers, researchers and practitioners from around the world to attend the Congress and participate actively in its deliberations to enable us to move forward collectively to reduce the impacts of Disasters and make the world safer place.






(Devendra Fadnavis)
Chief Minister of Maharashtra

Theme of 4th WCDM


The Future We Want

Bridging Gaps between Promises and Action

Structure of 4th WCDM

4th WCDM 2019 would be structured in 9 Plenary Sessions, Multiple Thematic Sessions and 6 Special Feature Events. Besides poster presentations, film shows and exhibitions shall be organised.

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WCDM 2019 shall open excellent opportunities for researchers to contribute their research papers for peer reviewed oral and poster presentations in different Thematic Sessions of the Congress. Each accepted full-length paper shall be published in Scopus-Indexed Conference Proceedings.

Last Date for Submission of Abstracts: November 10th 2018


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2000 + Delegates
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The core mission of the Congress is to share and reflect on knowledge, experiences and good practices on different aspects of disaster risk management.