On May 25, 2022, the ceremonial opening of the Seventh Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, organized by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Government of the Republic of Indonesia was held in Bali (Indonesia).
The Official Opening Ceremony was attended by the President of Indonesia Mr. Joko Widodo, Deputy Secretary-General of the UN Ms. Amina J. Mohammed and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for DRR Ms. Mami Mizutori.
In her welcoming speech, the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ms. Amina Mohammed said that at present, against the backdrop of global warming and the experience in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, it is not enough just to recognize risks, it is necessary to transit to a policy of risk resilience. In this regard, it seems necessary in the next 5 years to provide the overall population of the Earth with an early warning system for emergency situations.
Within the framework of the session, the head of the Center delegation, Mr. S. Aubakirov, not officially, greeted the heads of emergency authorities of the Central Asian countries and briefly discussed with them further joint steps to implement current and planned activities in the near future.
As part of the 7th Session of the Global Platform, the delegation of the Center took part in a trilateral meeting with the Head of the UNDRR Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia Mr. Octavian Bivol, the Head of the delegation of the Ministry for emergency situations of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Mr. A. Grigoryan and the National Coordinator of the Republic of Kazakhstan for the implementation of the Sendai Framework for DRR Mr. R. Amrin
On 26 May, a bilateral meeting was held between the Deputy Director of the Center Mr. Serik Aubakirov and the Secretary General of ICDO Ms. Mrs. Njoupouo YAP Mariatou.
Parties highly appreciated the joint project for the training of rescue divers of MES of Kazakhstan, determined and discussed further activities on the training of canine services of Central Asian Emergency Authorities in 2022 and expresses their readiness to continue the training of rescue divers with the involvement of participants from African and Arabic countries in 2022.
During the meeting, Ms. Nzhupuo Yap Mariatu was informed about the steps being taken by the Center to integrate the early warning system for disasters at the CA regional level. The Center invited ICDO to act as a donor for this creative and high-tech project. Ms. Nzhupuo YAP Mariatu showed a noticeable interest in this information and asked to officially send this initiative from the Center to ICDO.
On 27 May the Senior Expert of the Center Mr. Bakhtiyar Ospanov took part in the Session, dedicated to the Subnational INFORM Risk Index for South-East Europe.
Within the frame of the Session, Mr. Bakhtiyar Ospanov reported on the achieved outcomes in the implementation of Subnational INFORM Risk Index for Central Asia and Caucasus.
The Global Platform had over 4000 participants from a total of 185 countries. This included 885 participants from Europe and Central Asia.
Annex: Co Chairs’ Summary