Working towards a regional roadmap for disaster preparedness
By Lely Djuhari
ALMATY/GENEVA, 22 November 2013 – A regional consultation recently took place in Almaty to develop a roadmap, charting the way forward to help build the resilience and preparedness of all children and communities before natural disasters strike. The consultation is also a precursor to the Global Consultation on Resilience slated next year.
The meeting held on 12-14 November convened participants from countries in the region to collectively review and develop disaster risk reduction programming. The roadmap will outline the vision, the baseline, goals and targets, programming, links to the wider policy and advocacy agenda, and guide the region’s engagement in disaster risk reduction in 2014 and beyond.
Disaster risk reduction is one of the ten priorities and one of the four emerging areas identified under UNICEF’s regional agenda for action, which will be pursued in the coming years. UNICEF engages in disaster preparedness in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Montenegro, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. Serbia, while not active in UNICEF programming, took part in the meeting.
Participants discussed key results, lessons learned and good practices in risk analysis, school safety assessments and programming. They agreed on key strategies and approaches for integrating disaster risk reduction in the different programme sectors in light of UNICEF’s new strategic plan. The discussions also strengthened inter-country cooperation on disaster risk reduction within the region. All final documents will be available on the regional website.
The meeting involved key UNICEF staff members in the region and other programme officers from headquarters. Other participants who enriched the discussions were DRR experts from the United Nations Development Programmes, the World Bank and the Overseas Development Institute.