Partners Supporting CESDRR’s Development

On May 24 Regional office of the UN Children’s Fund for Europe and Central Asia with technical support of UN Development Programme – Istanbul Regional Hub held the Stakeholders’ meeting on the CESDRR capacity review outcomes and recommendations for capacity development at the Center.

The Center is a young international organization that gradually strengthens its role in the regional arena. The existing and potential CESDRR partners were invited to discuss recommendations and develop suggestions to enhance the Center’s operation, among them, were representatives of UN agencies, organizations Red Cross and Red Crescent movement. World Bank, European Union Delegation to the Republic of Kazakhstan.

The Center’s operation was looked at from three perspectives: institutional framework, knowledge capacity, and technical expertise, implementation of programs and projects. Participant-partners made a series of comments and suggestions to improve internal policies, approaches, and standards of operation, information and image promotion, staffing policies.

The Center supported the resulted recommendations that will be reflected in the strategy of the Center’s development. Also, partners express preparedness to promote the Center’s activities at regional platforms and within their organizations.

Center Participated in Global Platform 2019

On May 13-17, 2019 in Geneva, (Switzerland), a Center’s delegation led by the Director participated in the sixth session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction. The Global Platform was an important step in the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction until 2030.

The session discussed the results of the work to reduce losses from natural disasters, as well as new and existing challenges in the field of disaster management.

More than 3,000 high-level officials of government agencies, international and non-governmental organizations, and representatives of stakeholders from around the world attended the Global Platform session and shared best practices in disaster risk reduction.

The delegation of the Center took the opportunity and held a series of meetings with heads of international organizations and heads of state emergency authorities of the Central Asian countries.

Thus, the Center discussed expanding the number of member-states with the heads of delegations of Mongolia, Moldova, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.

Major-General T. Badral, the head of the Mongolian National Emergency Management Agency, expressed interest in cooperating with the Center and announced that at present time the accession to the Center is under consideration by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia.

Center also exchange of views on further enhancing cooperation with leaders and representatives of international organizations (UNISDR, UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub, Capacity for Disaster Reduction Initiative (CADRI), International Civil Defense Organization, Asian Disaster Preparedness Center, UNECE Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents). The UN representatives were actively interested in the achievements of the Center and agreed that besides the implementation of joint projects, the strengthening of the Center’s capacity and the expansion of the Center’s membership are also relevant.

We also note that on the Global Platform’s Ignite stage for brief presentations, a video about the Center was shown for several days.

The Center expresses gratitude to the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction for supporting the Center’s participation in the Global Platform 2019.

Kostanai Regional DES Helds GIS, Data and Mapping Training

Center for Emergency Situations and Disaster Risk Reduction in cooperation with British nongovernmental organization MapAction, the provider of professional mapping services in manmade and natural ES is conducting on May 13-17, 2019, first of six planned in 2019 trainings on geoinformation systems, data, and mapping for specialists for the ES Departments of Kostanai, Akmola, North Kazakhstan regions and Kokshetau Technical Institute of Committee for Emergency Situations of Ministry of Internal Affairs of The Republic of Kazakhstan. Events are conducted within the framework of signed Agreement of cooperation and Action plan 2019.

The main objective of this training is introducing GIS system, working with data for mapping and learning to map for more detailed work of the staff for prevention and liquidation of manmade and natural emergencies for rational and optimal decision-making.

As the results of the conducted training specialist of the local CoES branches will receive international certificates.

Cooperation in Addressing droughts in CA

On May 2, 2019, a meeting with the representatives of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific was held at the Center. The subject of the meeting was the discussion of the joint work within the ESCAP’s project entitled “Effective use of space applications for drought monitoring and early warning in Central Asia”.

The project is dedicated to developing a standardized tool for modeling and monitoring of the drought-prone areas. As the outcomes of the meeting, the parties agreed upon tentative plans on the project implementation. The first event will be the expert meeting for the discussion of different drought models that will take place in July of this year in Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyz Republic.

Work Meeting with UNHCR Representatives

On April 30, 2019 at the Center for Emergency Situations and Disaster Risk Reduction held a working meeting with representatives of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

The purpose of the visit was to determine the possible ways of cooperation of UNHCR and the Center.

Director of the Center Mr. Valery Petrov informed the UNHCR representatives about the mandate and tasks of the Center, the Center’s progress since the opening.

On the other hand, Senior Regional Program Officer, Mr. Giorgi Sanikidze acquainted with the activities and objectives of UNHCR and suggested the possibility of conducting joint practical events.

During the meeting the parties discussed plans for further joint cooperation on matters of mutual interest.

Center and IOM Held a Regional Workshop in Turkmenistan

On April 23 – 24, 2019 International Organization for Migration (IOM) – The UN agency for Migration in cooperation with the Center for Emergency Situations and Disaster Risk Reduction organized a regional thematic seminar Migrants in countries in crisis (MICIC) on the topic “Protection of citizens in times of crisis” in Ashgabat (Turkmenistan). The event was attended by representatives of the emergency departments and consular services of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Central Asian countries and Afghanistan, as well as the staff of the Center.

The purpose of the seminar was to strengthen regional capacity to address the needs of migrants in the countries in crisis, by examining possibilities of cooperation between the Central Asian countries.

The participants raised their awareness of the institutions tasked to help fellow citizens living and working abroad in the event of crisis situations in the host country, acquainted with the leadership MICIC and key actors that are relevant to the protection of migrants in disaster, as in the host countries and in the home countries. His theoretical knowledge of the participants skillfully used during practical classes.

Within the seminar representatives of the Center held a meeting with a representative of the Afghan National Directorate for Disaster Management Mohammadi Mohammad Omar. During the meeting the sides discussed matters of further cooperation of the Center with the emergency department of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

Organizing training on emergency psychological assistance

Today on April 18, Center for Emergency Situations and Disaster Risk Reduction conducted a work meeting with UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), National Medical Association, Red Crescent of Kazakhstan about the preparation to five-day training under the International Civil Defense Organization for the specialists-experts of the Committee for Emergency Situations of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the field of providing emergency psychological assistance to the population on the following topics:

Provision of psychological assistance to children and disabled injured during emergency situations

Innovative methods of providing emergency psychological assistance, mental regulation and self-regulation.

During the meeting parties ranked the priorities, reached an agreement on the agenda, involvement of international-level trainers and etc. Also, they highlighted the importance of the planned training for the prepadness and enhancing qualifications of the specialist – experts of CoES MIA RK

Meeting with students of German-Kazakh University at the Center

On April 18, 2019 at the Center, representatives held a meeting with the students of German-Kazakh University (GKU) and representatives of UNESCO department for water resource management in Central Asia under GKU. Meeting held within the cooperation of the Center with universities of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.

During the meeting students learnt about the Center’s activities. The GKU students chose the topics for the future works as the result of the discussion on the list of topics of mutual interest.

Parties agreed on GKU students jointly with Center experts will conduct research scientific analysis on potential disasters in Central Asia.

At the end the Center and GKU expressed hope for further fruitful cooperation.

On the way to improve disaster risk management and capacity to respond to natural disasters in the agricultural sector of the Kyrgyz Republic

Within the framework of the Agreement, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Center for Emergency Situations and Disaster Risk Reduction on April 15, 2019 in Bishkek held a launching seminar on the project “Capacity building for disaster risk reduction and disaster preparedness (DRR) in the agriculture sector of Kyrgyz Republic.

The representatives of the Ministry of Emergency Situations, Ministry of Agriculture, Food Industry and Land Reclamation, the State Agency of Environment and Forestry, State Agency for Local Self-Government and inter-ethnic relations, international organizations and academic institutions attended the seminar.

The seminar focused on the goals, objectives and mechanism of implementation of the project.

Presentations by the Center representatives showed the choice of approaches to implement the objectives of each components of the project in achieving common goals at national and local levels, covering the most important aspects of disaster risk management in the agricultural sector.

The project will be implemented jointly with the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Kyrgyz Republic as a leading state executive authority, in partnership with regional institutions involved in DRR and climate change, local authorities, public organizations and NGOs.

Institute for Fire Safety and Civil Defense and CESDRR

In order to enhance cooperation, as well as the implementation of projects for the prevention and elimination of natural and technogenic emergencies situations, on April 16, 2019 the Center for Emergency Situations and Disaster Risk Reduction and JSC “Scientific Research Institute for Fire Safety and Civil Defense” of the Committee for Emergency Situations of the Ministry of internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan signed Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation.

The main objectives of the memorandum is to create favorable conditions for the exchange of experiences, ideas, information and technologies, methodological materials, the organization of joint research and development within the agreed priority areas, programs and projects.

During the signing ceremony, the Center and the Institute reached an agreement on the inclusion of institute’s employees into the regional roster of experts in the field of emergencies in Central Asian countries and attracting specialists of the Institute into future projects of the Center.