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Public Awareness as a Cornerstone for Disaster Risk Reduction

16 December 2013

On 3 December, the Head of EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Traian Hristea, participated in the “Public Awareness as a Cornerstone for Disaster Risk Reduction” conference. The conference had been organized by the Armenian National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction to mark the 25th anniversary of the Spitak earthquake, aimed at stressing the importance of emergency situation awareness and at sharing best global practices in the field.
The conference opened with minute of silence to honour victims of earthquakes worldwide, and was attended by the Armenian Minister of Emergency Situations, Armen Yeritsyan, the Deputy Director of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian AffairsCoordination and Response Division in Geneva, Rudolf Müller, and various representatives of international organisations, experts and state officials.
Armenia is a very vulnerable country with regard to natural disasters due to its geographical position in a seismic area. A recent, devastating example was the Spitak earthquake on 7 December 1988, which killed approximately 25,000 people. Armenia was one of the first countries where the EU’s European Community Humanitarian Office, established in 1992, began to function, and today the country implements large-scale programmes to increase disaster preparedness levels.
Yeritsyan stated during the conference that Armenia had applied for integration into the International Search and Rescue Advisory Group. Müller welcomed Armenia’s intention and stated that Armenia already had two experts involved in the group. Yeritsyan awarded Müller and the Lieutenant Governor of Kansas, Jeff Colyer, with “Valiant Rescuer” medals for their active participation in rescue operations during the aftermath of the Spitak earthquake.

Public Awareness as a Cornerstone for Disaster Risk Reduction

On 3 December, the Head of EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Traian Hristea, participated in the “Public Awareness as a Cornerstone for Disaster Risk Reduction” conference. The conference had been organized by the Armenian National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction to mark the 25th anniversary of the Spitak earthquake, aimed at stressing the importance of emergency situation awareness and at sharing best global practices in the field. The conference opened with minute of silence to honour victims of earthquakes worldwide, and was attended by the Armenian Minister of Emergency Situations, Armen Yeritsyan, the Deputy Director of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian AffairsCoordination and Response Division in Geneva, Rudolf Müller, and various representatives of international organisations, experts and state officials. Armenia is a very vulnerable country with regard to natural disasters due to its geographical position in a seismic area. A recent, devastating example was the Spitak earthquake on 7 December 1988, which killed approximately 25,000 people. Armenia was one of the first countries where the EU’s European Community Humanitarian Office, established in 1992, began to function, and today the country implements large-scale programmes to increase disaster preparedness levels. Yeritsyan stated during the conference that Armenia had applied for integration into the International Search and Rescue Advisory Group. Müller welcomed Armenia’s intention and stated that Armenia already had two experts involved in the group. Yeritsyan awarded Müller and the Lieutenant Governor of Kansas, Jeff Colyer, with “Valiant Rescuer” medals for their active participation in rescue operations during the aftermath of the Spitak earthquake.