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UNICEF and the Government of Azerbaijan review joint efforts on improving disaster preparedness and response in the country

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UNICEF and the Government of Azerbaijan review joint efforts on improving disaster preparedness and response in the country

Baku, November 20, 2013 - UNICEF together with the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Azerbaijan and the Ministry of Education will review results and achievements of the joint project on disaster risk reduction at a meeting that will take place on November 21 at the Hilton hotel in Baku.

Joint efforts are aimed at improving disaster preparedness and response in the country to protect from disasters people in the most vulnerable communities, especially children and women living in areas at high risk of natural disasters.

Partners from international organizations and the Governments will get together to discuss lessons learnt and future plans of the project that has started 18 months ago.

The programme, funded by the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (DIPECHO) was implemented in the three countries of the South Caucasus, and aimed at increasing a culture of safety and resilience at all levels and reducing vulnerability of local communities and national institutions by supporting strategies that enable them to prepare, mitigate and respond to natural disasters.

The project has been implemented in 5 districts (Shamakha, Shaki, Zaqatala, Saatli and Sabirabad) to develop their disaster resilience and decrease vulnerabilities. Some of the activities under the project will include: strengthening local capacity to be prepared for disasters and more effectively identify and address the needs of vulnerable communities as well as strengthening cooperation with the governmental bodies and other relevant structures in the areas of disaster risk reduction.

To ensure sustainability, UNICEF is currently promoting the inclusion of disaster risk reduction into formal school curricula, and development of training and learning programmes on how to reduce risk at a community level.

“Children are important, first because they are the most vulnerable in a disaster, but also because they possess unique abilities to contribute to the creation of a culture of safety and prevention,” says UNICEF Representative in Azerbaijan Mark Hereward.

“Teaching about disaster risk reduction needs to start with children, and to involve parents and other community members as well. Disaster risks can be reduced and the resilience of communities can be achieved only through knowledge and education,” he said.

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For further information please contact:

Ayna Mollazade

Communication Officer

UNICEF Azerbaijan

Tel: 99412 492 3013

Fax: 99412 492 2468

Email: amollazade@unicef.org 

 

 
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