On February 13, 2023, at the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Kazakhstan a meeting was held to sum up the results of the UNDDR project “Strengthening Disaster Resilience and Accelerating implementation of Sendai Framework for DRR in Central Asia” with the participation of the Minister for Emergency Situations of Kazakhstan Yuriy Ilin, Head of the UNDRR Office for Europe and Central Asia Mr. Octavian Bivol, Director of the Center for Emergency Situations and Disaster Risk Reduction Serik Aubakirov.
In his welcoming speech, the Minister noted that the results achieved within a three-year project make it possible to move from strategic planning to the implementation of regional projects aimed at sustainable development.
The tragic earthquake that took place in Turkey and Syria demonstrated the need to introduce early warning systems for the population about emergencies, which is one of the priority for sustainable development. In this connection, the Ministry for Emergency Situations of Kazakhstan expressed its willingness to continue the dialogue on strengthening international cooperation for the joint efforts to reduce disaster risk, including transboundary nature.
Thus, the Minister confirmed his interest in further meetings of the Regional Forum-Meeting of the Heads of Emergency Authorities of Central Asian countries.
In turn, Mr. Bivol informed the meeting participants on issuing an official invitation to the Minister for the upcoming a high-level event, which is scheduled for May 18-19, 2023 in New York. This event is held to sum up the results of the Mid-Term Review of the implementation of Sendai Framework for DRR for 2015-2030. Mr. Bivol expressed his appreciation for the work of the Ministry for Emergency Situations in this area and thanked the Minister for the timely and high-quality preparation of the country report on implementation of Sendai Framework for DRR.
Director of the Center Serik Aubakirov informed that the upcoming donor meeting will take place on 15 February 2023 in Almaty on the basis of the Center, during which project ideas will be announced, these ideas were developed on the basis of the needs of the emergency authorities of Central Asian countries, including the Ministry for Emergency Situations of the Republic of Kazakhstan, for example, about the urgent need to create a Regional Coordination Center for Emergency Response in Central Asian countries for coordination and technical support of humanitarian operations on the basis of CESDRR, the regional system of early warning of emergencies, the digital atlas of natural and man-made transboundary hazards of Central Asian countries.
At the end of the working meeting, participants expressed confidence in further fruitful cooperation.