UNICEF AND PARTNERS MARK DISASTER REDUCTION DAY
YEREVAN, 13 October 2011 -- UNICEF in Armenia partnered with the Ministries of Emergency Situations, Education and Sciences, the National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction Foundation, the State Academy of Crisis Management, as well as UNDP, WHO, World Vision, Save the Children, the Armenian Red Cross Society, and Oxfam GB Armenia to mark the International Day for Disaster Reduction.
This year's observance of the International Day for Disaster Reduction recognizes the vital role of children and young people. Natural hazards are increasing and while more and more people suffer from the related catastrophes, children are among the most traumatized as their ability to cope with unexpected and painful interruptions to their regular schedules is still not fully developed. Some 66 million children are affected by disasters every year. It calls on youth networks, teachers, civic society organizations, media, mayors, local governments, community leaders, private sector and citizens to Step Up For Disaster Risk Reduction!
As part of the activities related to the International Day for Disaster Reduction, UNICEF jointly with the Ministry of Education and Sciences, Ministry of Emergency Situations of Armenia, the National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction Foundation and the State Academy of Crisis Management are enhancing disaster preparedness and resilience of schools to forecast, prepare and respond to possible disasters based on local conditions. Involvement of children and young people is among key components of this activity.
For more information, please contact
Emil Sahakyan, Communications Officer
Tel.: (374 10 ) 52 35 46, 56 64 97