UNDP and National Partners Discuss Project on Disaster Risk Reduction

Apr 21, 2017

Ashgabat, 20 April 2016: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Ministry of Defense of Turkmenistan Civil Defense Department presented a new project proposal on disaster risk reduction 2017-2020 during the working meeting with line ministries.

The project will help align Turkmenistan's efforts with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030.

“During the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction held on 18 March 2015, the President of Turkmenistan called to develop a National Strategy for Action for Disaster Risk Reduction in response to the commitments of the country in implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030. The UNDP proposed project is the response to this action and intends to support the advancement of the legal framework, development of institutional capacities, further expansion of the existing modern systems of disaster risk reduction, and promotion of international and regional cooperation in this area,” stated Deputy Resident Representative Vitalie Vremis.

One of the main tasks of the project is to strengthen and transform Turkmenistan’s potential to address natural disasters and create measures to prevent them. The project will also support the Government of Turkmenistan to access global knowledge on disaster risk reduction, revise the legal framework and establish international and regional cooperation links.

Participants of the working meeting considered objectives of the proposal and discussed activities and proposed results. Representatives of the national agencies also considered the potential of inter-agency cooperation on DRR and the place for improvement and enhancing of the potential through trainings and capacity building exercises.

UNDP has been at the forefront in supporting the localization of the Sendai Framework and the alignment of national DRR strategies and plans with Sendai and SDG targets and indicators. UNDP is also contributing to Sendai monitoring efforts in collaboration with academia and private sector by strengthening the capacity of countries to prepare basic statistical data on damage from disasters through the newly established Global Centre for Disaster Statistics.

Since the adoption of the Sendai Framework, UNDP’s expenditures on DRR, recovery and adaptation has amounted to approximately USD 485 million.

Contact Information

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