Kazakhstan MFA Representation in Almaty Highlighted the Importance of Center’s Work

On January 24, 2018, the Head of the Kazakhstan MFA Representation in Almaty Mr. Ruslan Bultrikov visited the Center for Emergency Situations and Disaster Risk Reduction. His visit included learning about the Center’s activities, the history of its establishment, objectives, and tasks.

Bultrikov highlighted the importance of the Center’s work in the consolidation of the efforts of all the international and regional organizations in the disaster risk reduction field, as well as in the raising the image of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the international arena.

Center Met with the Directorates of EC and Confirmed Cooperation with ICDO by Memorandum.

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.

The center was visited by students of the IV Summer school CAWa of the Kazakhstan-German University

On June 9, 2017 participants of the IV Summer school have visited the Center for emergency situations and decrease in risk of natural disasters in the city of Almaty. To participants have conducted a tour on the Center and have acquainted with activity.

The IV Summer school “Methods and tools for assessment and monitoring of water and land resources of Central Asia” is carried out in the Kazakhstan-German Universiteta from June 5 to June 17, 2017. The fourth year in a row the Summer school brings together participants from all countries of Central Asia and also Afghanistan and Pakistan. In total 42 scientists and experts have spent these 2 weeks, studying at trainers from the Würzburg university, the German center of sciences about the earth, Universiteta Frayburga, Nazarbayev Universiteta, Office of OSCE in Astana and Kazakhstan-German Universiteta.

The summer School is organized within the CAWa project as the contribution from “the Water Initiative” of the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany of 2008 called “the Berlin Process” with assistance of Kazakhstan-German Universiteta, Kazakhstan National Agricultural Universiteta, Nazarbayev Universiteta, the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Office of OSCE in Astana, USAID PEER, the Center for emergency situations and decrease in risk of natural disasters in the city of Almaty.

Her main appointment is representation of innovative methods and tools for the analysis, monitoring and management of water and land resources in Central Asia.

Discussion the Law Regarding Red Crescent Society in Kazakhstan held with participation of the Majilis Deputy Ms. Irina Smirnova

At the Center for Emergency Situations and Disaster Risk Reduction in Almaty representatives of International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent, Red Crescent Society in Kazakhtan, MFA of RK, Almaty city Health Department, Almaty Department for ES, science institutions, and the Majilis Deputy Ms. Irina Smirnova during the work meeting discussed the Law regarding Red Crescent Society in Kazakhstan.  

During the meeting the participants went over several matters, including the role of Red Crescent in Kazakhstan, its involvement into the elimination of the consequences of the emergencies in the country, reduction of social vulnerability, betterment of the Kazakhstan’s image in the international arena, also the necessity of adopting the law that will define the legal status of the Red Crescent Society in Kazakhstan.

The Law regarding Red Crescent Society in Kazakhstan will give the organization legal status and will regulate the relationship of the Society with governmental bodies to support the population injured during disasters timely and effectively within the country. The Law will also define how Society can facilitate mobilization and use of human, material and financial resources during the rescue or humanitarian operations, and will pronounce Red Crescent Society in Kazakhstan – provider of socially valuable services, for example, be the unified operator for gathering and providing humanitarian aid in case of largescale emergencies.

Participants of the work meeting drew out further steps to promote the law and in the nearest future Red Crescent in Kazakhstan with the help of Deputy Ms. Smirnova will develop and send to the Parliament of RK a deputy request regarding drafting and adoption of Red Crescent Law and giving the National Society official legal status that will be consistent with the international standards and conventions.

The Law will allow the Red Crescent Society in Kazakhstan fully become an auxiliary body not only to the country, but more importantly to the population of the Republic.

Concluding the meeting, the management of the Center for ES and DRR expressed their full support in promoting this important law.