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2019-10-08 › OSCE strengthens disaster risk reduction capacity of Kyrgyzstan and regional co-operation

 To mark the Disaster Risk Reduction Day celebrated globally on October 4, a Second National Conference on “Disaster Risk Reduction: Challenges and Solutions” took place in Bishkek.

The Conference was organized by the Ministry of Emergency Situations (MES) of Kyrgyzstan and the OSCE Programme Office in Bishkek.

The aim of the Conference was to promote Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) as one of the elements of the country's sustainable development strategy through discussions about innovative DRR approaches in the field.

Participants were able to identify several priority areas for 2020, such as upholding the principles of multilateral partnership, development of active international co-operation, increasing the capacity of the state civil protection system as well as the technical capacity of emergency response forces.

During October 1 - 4, the Ministry of Emergency Situations welcomed a Tajik delegation from the Committee for Emergencies and Civil Defence (CEDC) as part of a study tour supported by the OSCE Programme Office in Dushanbe. The participants learned about the good practices of the Training Centre and the Crisis Management Centre under the Ministry.

With the aim to foster the field missions’ co-operation and strengthen regional dialogue, the Head of the OSCE Programme Office in Bishkek Pierre von Arx, held a meeting with the delegation of the CEDC of Tajikistan.

Head of Office von Arx spoke about the ongoing co-operation between the OSCE Programme Office in Bishkek and the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Kyrgyzstan in the field of disaster risk reduction in the country.

The Tajik delegation shared their insight on a potential co-operation between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan in 2020.

Reinforcing Kyrgyzstan’s preparedness to react in a timely way to disaster risks through improved co-ordination between government agencies, as well as reinforcing the exchange of experience between Central Asian states remains a strong focus for the OSCE Programme Office in Bishkek.

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