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The 3rd ‘Public Awareness as a cornerstone of disaster risk reduction and sustainable development’ conference took place on 15-16 December 2015 in Yerevan. The event has become a tradition and is organised by the Armenian Ministry of Territorial Administration and Emergency Situations and the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.
ARS_0011The Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Antoni Świtalski, was involved in opening the conference: ‘Many types of natural disaster characterise the South Caucasus region. I visited Gyumri two weeks ago and saw how people are still living in temporary housing, many many years after the earthquake, which was very sad. I am here to confirm the EU’s commitment to disaster risk reduction. We are trying to do our best here in the region. Two weeks ago we were at the closing event of the DIPECHO programme’s Phase 3; I saw how many activities had been carried out. I hope very much that we will move on to Phase 4 of DIPECHO. There is also another Eastern Partnership programme for disaster preparedness which we are implementing, which promotes civil protection preparedness in the region. We all agree how media are important for education – we don’t have to pursue the media to simply cover disasters when they happen. It is extremely important to involve media in the education process and preparation’.
The goal of the conference is to prevent new and reduce existing disaster risks through the implementation of integrated and inclusive economic, structural, legal, social, health, cultural, educational, environmental, technological, political and institutional measures to prevent and reduce hazard exposure and vulnerability to disaster, to increase preparedness for response and recovery, and to strengthen resilience.
Vache Terteryan, the Armenian Deputy Minister of Territorial Administration and Emergency Situations, stressed the government’s dedication to this issue: ‘Disaster risk reduction is one of the priorities for our government; it is included in action and development plans, as well as in government programmes. 21 Armenian cities have already signed the certificate to join the awareness campaign on risk reduction. After accepting the chart of the SENDAI framework for disaster risk reduction for 2015-2030, many activities have already been undertaken. We are always organising public awareness events to inform people about disaster risk reduction. This is through public events, radio, TV, and newspapers. There is a well-known mantra: “One who is informed is protected”. Therefore, we think that media can play a very important role in these issues’.