International Conference “Resilience Building for Sustainable Development” kicked-off in YerevanOct 11, 2017
We unite efforts on disaster risk reduction for sustainable development
Today, a 3-day international conference entitled “Resilience Building for Sustainable Development” has kicked-off in Yerevan, ahead of the International Day for Disaster Reduction marked on 13 October.
The overall objective of the conference is to boost dialogue and awareness on disaster risk reduction (DRR) in the Europe and the CIS region and beyond, as well as strengthen political commitment of key actors for sustainable, risk-informed DRR efforts.
The event is organized by the RA Ministry of Emergency Situations, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Disaster Risk Reduction National Platform of Armenia, in partnership with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG ECHO), Asian Institute of Technology, Save the Children International Armenia Representative office, OxYGen Foundation for Protection of Youth and Women Rights, Habitat for Humanity Armenia, and Armenian Red Cross Society
The conference will continue the dialogue started in Cancun (Mexico), during the 2017 Global Platform for DRR, where the Armenian delegation presented briefly the work in progress regarding to the Sendai implementation, interlinked with SDGs, as well as the ongoing initiatives.
Davit Tonoyan, Minister of Emergency Situations, Bradley Busetto, UN Resident Coordinator, UNDP Resident Representative in Armenia, Artsvik Minasyan, Minister of Nature Protection, Ashot Hovakimyan, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jo Scheuer, Chief of Profession, Climate, Disaster, Energy, BPPS, UNDP, and Sylvie Bossoutrot, Country Manager, World Bank Armenia, addressed the conference participants.
High-level DRM public officials and key experts from national legislative and executive state authorities, regional and municipal governments, representatives of international and local organizations working in DRR field, UN DRR practitioners from participating countries of Europe and Commonwealth of the Independent States, officials and key practitioners and researchers from academic, DRR educational and training institutions, other DRR stakeholders will participate in the 3-day event.
It is important to note that for the first time in Armenia, within the framework of the conference, a package of recommendations will be drafted, which will be subject of parliamentary hearings at the National Assembly of Armenia.