On December 4-5, a delegation of the Center for Emergency Situations and Disaster Risk Reduction in Almaty (hereinafter – the Center) conducted a series of bilateral meetings in Geneva, Switzerland, and Brussels, Belgium.
The delegation visited the European Commission’s Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), the European Commission’s Directorate-General International Cooperation and Development. As the outcome parties reached an agreement to organize an expert advisory mission of the European Commission’s officer to the Center to develop the future work plan in the Central Asian region.
At the meeting at EC Emergency Response Coordination Center (ERCC), the officers introduced the principles and methods of ERCC operations, best practices of which will be applied at the Center in Almaty during the coordination of the elimination of large-scale and cross-border emergency situations in Central Asia.
Center’s Director V. Petrov met with the Secretary-General of the International Civil Defense Organization V. Kuvshinov. The parties discussed present issues in the field of civil defense, signed a memorandum of understanding and cooperation, identified areas for future collaboration in the field of enhancing the capacity of countries in disaster risk reduction, the use of advanced information technologies. ICDO also demonstrated a space monitoring emergency software system, which is of great interest to the countries of Central Asia. This system has been used successfully at the International Monitoring and Coordination Center of the ICDO.
The delegation met with the Deputy Director of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction for Europe Mr. Abilash Panda to consider further action to implement the Center’s role as coordinator of the implementation of Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in the region of Central Asia and South Caucasus.
Concluding the visit, Director of the Center met with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the Kingdom of Belgium, the Head of the Delegation of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the European Union Almaz Khamzaev to discuss cooperation of the European Commission with the Center.