The Center for Emergency and Disaster Risk Reduction in Almaty, Kazakhstan - DRR conference

Nov 27, 2015

The Center for Emergency and Disaster Risk Reduction, Almaty, Kazakhstan

Representative of the Department for Emergency Situations of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Kazakhstan, Ardak Jangujikov

The transcript is prepared by Tariq Saeedi/// nCa

The founders of the Center for Emergency and disaster risk reduction are the governments of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.

In 2005 Kazakhstan at the World Conference on Disaster Reduction launched the idea of ​​creating of Central Asian Regional Center for Emergency Response.

The initiative was supported by the UNDP, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the UN International Strategy for Disaster Prevention, and CIS countries.

Ministry for emergency situations has discussed the establishment of center with emergency services of Central Asian countries. Then the draft agreement between Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan on the establishment of the Central Asian Center for Disaster Response and Risk Reduction was worked out. In 2011, because of top staff changes, the Tajik side could not sign the agreement.

However, the Ministry for emergency situations of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan agreed to phased establishment of the Center initially on bilateral basis with the further joining of the interested parties. With this in mind, new draft agreement was worked out. The agreement was signed on 17 May 2013 in Almaty.

The Center is effective tool for reducing disaster risk. The Centre has the following functions:

- Joint response by the measures agreed by the parties;

- Promotion of regional and international cooperation.

The main tasks of the Center:

- Improving the life safety of the population from emergency situations of natural and anthropogenic disasters;

- Development and implementation of joint projects;

- Contribution to the establishment of modern communication information systems for collecting, processing and analyzing information;

- Development of national warning systems;

- Support for scientific and technical programs;

- Research of the causes and consequences of emergency situations;

- The introduction of international monitoring systems.

The Board of the Center will control the activities of the Centre. The Council consists of heads of the competent authority from each member-country, head of the coordinating center and director of the Center.

The Board determines the strategic direction of the Centre’s activity. Board meetings will be held as necessary, but at least twice a year.

Center staff structure currently consists of ten people, including five collaborators from each country. The Center will have also four out-of-staff employee - technical and maintenance personnel.

The budget of Center is formed by funds of member-countries, donor funds.

Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Russia and Azerbaijan have expressed their desire to join the Center.

Japanese, Korean and German International Cooperation Agencies have expressed willingness to support the Centre's activities through joint projects and grants.

On 1 September 2015 Agreement on establishment of the Center has entered into force. Today, Kazakhstan is ready to provide the center with office. The Kazakhstan also provides funds for the five staff members, four out-of-staff employees and is ready to equip the office with furniture and equipment.

The Center is expected to become as interactive platform for the emergency departments of the Central Asian countries.

The center is planned to hold seminars and trainings, refresher courses for the competent authorities.

The center will strengthen relations with the Asian and European countries, international and regional organizations in the field of disaster risk reduction.

Contact information

Programme Officer
Mr. Rovshen Nurmuhamedov
E-mail:rovshen.nurmuhamedov@undp.org

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