UNDP in Kyrgyzstan discussed with national partners outcomes of 2015 and priorities for 2016 in the area of disaster risk reduction

Dec 8, 2015

The Rescue Service 112 in action. Photo: Altynai Nanaeva/UNDP

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (October 30, 2015 ) – The United Nations Development Programme in Kyrgyzstan held the first of a series of coordination meetings with national and international partners to discuss outcomes of 2015 and priority directions for 2016 of UNDP’s “Effective Disaster Risk Management for Sustainable Development and Human Security” Programme. The meeting was hosted in the Crisis Management Centre of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Kyrgyz Republic.

United Nations Development Programme in the Kyrgyz Republic traditionally holds such annual coordination meetings with national and international partners to summarize outcomes of the given year and discuss priority directions for the next year within the framework of implementation of UNDP’s Country Program Document for Kyrgyzstan (2012-2017) adopted  August 9, 2011.

In accordance with the National Sustainable Development Strategy of the Kyrgyz Republic for 2013-2017, UNDP’s interventions in the area of disaster risk management in 2015 were aimed at creating appropriate institutional and legal framework for sustainable development with DRR-considerations, development of national disaster risk assessment and monitoring system, operationalizing Unified Information Management System for Disaster and Crises Settings (UIMS) and National Early Warning System (NEWS) and strengthening capacity of disaster response services and regional collaboration in Central Asia in the area of Disaster Risk Reduction. 

In his welcoming speech, Mr. Alexander Avanessov, UNDP Resident Representative in Kyrgyzstan has noted that “Kyrgyzstan has taken a leadership role in the development of regional cooperation in the field of disaster risk reduction under the “Central Asia plus Japan” Dialogue. There have been very important events, especially at the global level. In particular, the international community adopted Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction for the period 2015-2030 and Sustainable Development Goals till 2030

Moreover, United Nations Development Programme through the financial support of the Government of Japan procured necessary assistance in building capacity of emergency rescue services, establishing of the Unified Information Management System in Disaster and Crisis Settings as well as facilitating an increased regional dialogue for transboundary cooperation.

A Call Center of 112 (a prototype of 911 in the United States) has been operationalized to full extent; 24 fire-rescuing services were created, of which 9 were established through the financial support of UNDP project funded by the Government of Japan. Many of the results achieved have become possible thanks to a fruitful cooperation between the Ministry, Government of Japan and UNDP within the framework of a joint project on: “Strengthening Disaster Response and Risk Assessment Capacities in the Kyrgyz Republic and Facilitating a Regional Dialogue for Cooperation” that was completed this year”, - said Kubatbek Boronov, Minister of emergency situations of the Kyrgyz Republic

In the course of coordination meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the world leaders from 193 countries at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit on 25 September 2015. Globally, the United Nations Development Programme will support governments around the world through  tackling the new agenda and taking it forward over the next 15 years to reduce poverty, inequality, consequences of climate change and the environmental degradation, improve access to health and education, build stronger institutions, partnerships and resilience, and even more. Unfortunately, disasters continue eroding sustainable development efforts, impairing quality of associated human safety and security standards and economic efficiency. Disaster risk reduction and sustainable development are therefore mutually supportive goals and fundamentally associated with governance, socio-economic and environmental dimensions of the development process. Such interrelationships have been further cemented explicitly in 10 out of 17 SDGs and the “Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2030”, which both  firmly established the renewed sense of disaster risk reduction in sustainable development, poverty reduction and building back better.

Representatives of President’s office of the Kyrgyz Republic, Prime-Minister’s Office of the Kyrgyz Republic, the Ministry of Emergency Situations and other line ministries and agencies, civil society and expert community, diplomatic corps and international organizations attended the meeting. As a result, participants discussed UNDP’s four priority directions for 2016: integration of disaster risk reduction issues in the sustainable development planning, creation of the complex risk assessment system, capacity building of  local communities in civil protection area and further development of regional cooperation.

The priority areas had been developed in consistency with the National Sustainable Development Strategy of the Kyrgyz Republic and the Disaster Risk Reduction Strategy until 2020 as well as global post-2015 priorities.

Contact information

Altynai Nanaeva, PR/Communications Specialist of DRMP, altynai.nanaeva@undp.org

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