On April 3 this year under the previously signed memorandum of cooperation and understanding Director of the Center of Emergency Situations and Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Valeriy Petrov held a Skype meeting with the Secretary General of the International Civil Defense Organization (Geneva), Mr. Belkacem El-Ketroussi.
During the meeting, the Center and the ICDO summed up the results of cooperation in 2018 and reached an agreement on a number of projects in 2019 aimed at strengthening the staff capacity of the authorized bodies in the field of natural and technogenic emergency management of the member states of the Center, in particular:
- Conducting a five-day training in June 2019 – Psychological courses for Kazakhstani and Kyrgyzstani emergency services with an emphasis on children and vulnerable population groups on the topics: “Providing psychological assistance for children and people with disabilities – victims of emergencies”, “Innovative methods of emergency psychological care, mental regulation and self-regulation”, with the assistance of the best experts in the industry of the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Red Crescent Society of Kazakhstan and the Public Association “National Medical Association.”
- Conducting a two-week training in July 2019 in the Republic of Kazakhstan in the city of Priozersk for diving services involving coaches from ICDO and the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Kyrgyz Republic.
Also, parties discussed the Center’s participation in the development of the International Center for Monitoring and Coordination of the ICDO.
According to the results of the meetings parties expressed intentions to further and comprehensive cooperation in the field of emergency management.
International Civil Defense Organization (hereinafter – ICDO) was founded in 1931, and in 1966 received the status of an international intergovernmental organization (by the decision of the General Assembly of ICDO. Since 1972 annually on March 1 the International Day of Civil Defense is celebrated). This is the only intergovernmental organization that specializes in the field of civil defense and protection at the international level.
Currently, 53 countries are Member States of ICDO, 16 countries have observer status, in addition, 15 organizations are associate members of the ICDO.