UN, Government agree cooperation priorities in 2021 within Joint Memorandum in the area of DRR and emergency preparedness
19 November 2020
- United Nations jointly with Government of Turkmenistan convened a meeting to discuss and agree the priority issues for joint activities in the area of disaster risk reduction and improvement of emergency preparedness for 2021, including strengthening intersectoral coordination and the implementation of joint programs within the framework of the signed Joint Action plans.
In the course of the meeting, participants reviewed the implementation of the Joint Action Plan for 2020, agreed to strengthen the cooperation at the country level, discussed the possible activities within the participation in the Global and regional DRR Platforms, including the exchange of best practices in the area of DRR and emergency response.
Participants agreed on the necessity of creating the National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction and its Working Group for strengthening the intersectoral coordination for development and implementation of DRR policies in accordance with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030. The legal and regulatory by-laws necessary for the implementation of the Law of Turkmenistan "On International Humanitarian Assistance in Emergency Situations" were also discussed.
“The impetus for the development of active cooperation in these interconnected areas were the global processes: the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals, the signing and ratification of the Paris Agreement by Turkmenistan”, has noted Ms. Elena Panova, UN Resident Coordinator at her welcoming speech.
The meeting was attended by the Representative of the Department of the State Commission for Emergency Situations and Civil Defense of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan, deputy Heads of national entities that are part of the Central Services of Civil Defense and Emergency Situations, as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of the Population, Ministry of Justice, Ministry Finance and Economy, representatives of the National Red Crescent Society of Turkmenistan, the International Federation of Red Cross and Crescent Societies and UN Country Team members.