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Minister’s Message on the International Day for Disaster Reduction

13.10.2015

Dear colleagues, dear compatriots!

The International Day for Disaster Reduction is celebrated annually on October 13.

Every year, natural technical, environmental, epidemiological and social emergencies, cause serious damage to the economy and the population of our country. International experts note, that disasters have more harmful effect on poor and developing countries, that are unable to make serious investments in the field of emergency risk management. In this case, disaster risk reduction needs to be a universal process, that requires the participation and contribution of each and everyone, the state and local self government authorities, professional organizations and civil society.

To provide a safe environment, steps for risk assessment and risk reduction, even at the stage of disaster preparedness, are priority issues of our agenda. Highlighting the importance of disaster risk reduction factor in every area of our life, in every aspect of activities, we seek to unite all our efforts for creating resilient country in our aspirations.

In this sphere, the achievements and successes of the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Emergency Situations of the Republic of Armenia have been highly appreciated by the international community. Armenia has been recognized as a country of best practices and achievements in Disaster and Risk Reduction in a short period of time by the United Nations.

Today, Armenia from the country importing rescue system and experience has become a country exporting experience and rescue system.

This year, Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Team of Armenia successfully underwent the UN INSARAG- external qualification, and became a full member of INSARAG.

This year’s observance of the International Day for Disaster Reduction is dedicated to the power of traditional, indigenous and local knowledge. The theme of 2015 Disaster Risk Reduction is “Knowledge for Life”, with the emphasis being placed on disaster risk management and indigenous peoples, which is part of the wider decade-long “Step Up” initiative. The focus of the 2015 edition is traditional, indigenous and local knowledge, which complement modern science and boost the resilience of individuals, communities, societies and countries.

Sincerely, Armen Yeritsyan

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