Information about the Center

 

2005 – 2009: At the second World Conference on Disaster Reduction in 2005 in Kobe (Japan), Kazakhstan for the first time proposed the idea of establishing regional Central Asian Center for emergency response and disaster risk reduction.

In November 2007 in New Delhi (India) heads of emergency bodies of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan signed a corresponding protocol and agreed to explore the possibility of establishing such center.

2010 – 2012: October 15, 2010 in Almaty the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Kyrgyz Republic and the Committee of Emergency situations and civil protection under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan signed a Memorandum of Understanding about establishing the Regional Center for Emergencies and Disaster Response, and in 2011 the Organizing Committee that consisted of representatives of appropriate ministries of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan was formed in Almaty to accelerate the opening of the Center.

2013 – 2015: May 17, 2013 in Almaty Ministers of Emergency Situations of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Kyrgyz Republic signed the Intergovernmental Agreement on the Center’s establishment, which has been ratified by the parliaments of the Republic of Kazakhstan (April 2014) and the Kyrgyz Republic (July 2015)

2016: Establishment of the Center completed, the Center was accredited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan as an intergovernmental body, international organization, legally registered and staffed by appropriate personnel.

September 14, 2016: Official Opening ceremony  and from that date the Center for Emergency Situations and Disaster Risk Reduction officially has started its operation.

The Center is a permanent intergovernmental body, an international organization established to ensure effective mechanisms to decrease the risk of emergencies, to mitigate the consequences, to organize a joint response through agreed measures of the Parties and to stimulate regional and international cooperation.

Center’s Guidelines:

  • compliance with the universally recognized norms and principles of international law;
  • cooperation in accordance with the national legislation of the Parties;
  • cooperation considering solidarity and equal partnership.

Center’s Objectives:

  • develop cooperation in disaster risk reduction, prevention and elimination of emergency situations;
  • mitigate factors of disaster risk, identify, assess, forecast and monitor emergency situation hazards;
  • coordinate mutual efforts and strengthen preparedness for effective and timely response to emergencies;
  • implement regional and international cooperation in DRR and emergency management;
  • increase safety of life activities of population during natural and manmade emergencies;
  • involve international and non-profit organizational grants for disaster risk reduction, development and implementation of joint international projects;
  • implement international and other programs in the field of disaster risk reduction, prevention and elimination of emergency situations.

Center’s Main Functions:

  •  cooperation with interested parties in emergency management and DRR field;
  • implementation of joint international projects in emergency management and DRR field;
  • conduct of special exercises, workshops, training courses and other events;
  • implementation of measures for the harmonization of legislation in emergency management and DRR field;
  • participation in preparation and conduct of international exercises, rescue and humanitarian operations in the territories of the Parties and in other countries, assistance in securing participation of the forces and resources of the Parties in these events;
  • exchange of experience and implementation of best practices for emergency management and disaster risk reduction;
  • other activities in emergency management and DRR field.

 

The Center has the status of a legal entity and as such has the rights and performs its functions in accordance with the Agreement on the establishment of the Center, the Regulation of the Center and the national legislation of the host State.

The Center has legal documents, bank account details, seals and stamps necessary for its operation. Russian is the official and working language of the Center.

The Center has its own flag, emblem and other symbols and can place them in its official documents, vehicles and buildings where Center is located.

The Center is open for other states to join it. The decision about other state’s accession is made by mutual agreement of the Parties.

An international organization or other country that is not a Party to this Agreement may be granted an observer status.

In accordance with the official request of MFA of Afghanistan, by the Decision of the Center’s Council dated September 14, 2016 Islamic Republic of Afghanistan was granted an observer status at the Center.

Center is funded by the contributions of the Parties, donor funds, grants of international organizations, voluntary contributions of individuals and legal entities, as well as other sources that don’t contradict the national legislation of the Parties.

State-founders of the Center supervise the activities of the Center through the Council of the Center. The Council of the Center consists of heads of the competent bodies of each of the Parties. The Council determines the strategic directions of the Center. Decisions at meetings of the Council of the Center are made by consensus.

Kazakhstan provided for long-term a building of 1200 м2 under the office of the Center.

Kazakhstan in 2016 allocated the necessary funds for the repair of premises, heating systems and electricity, water and sanitation, as well as for necessary vehicles for the Center, equipment, computers, furniture and other property.

Moreover, Center is equipped with modern air-conditioning systems, fire protection, information visualization, city, intercity and international communication, sound reinforcement, conferencing, simultaneous translation systems, and high-speed Internet distribution over Wi-Fi.

The office of the Center has a spacious conference room for 120 people, more than 10 meeting rooms, offices, classrooms, equipped with modern equipment and facilities.

 

The Center has everything to organize and conduct international exercises, forums, conferences, meetings, seminars, workshops, training courses, workshops and other related activities using just the capacity of the Center, as well as in cooperation and collaboration with governmental and international organizations.

The office of the Center is located in the center of Almaty in close proximity to a number of hotels (Grand Voyage Hotel, Hotel Rixos, etc.), financial, educational and research organizations, universities, cultural, sport and entertainment centers, cafés and restaurants