UNDP and Government of Turkey cooperate on disaster risk reduction

07 Feb 2014

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UNDP and Government of Turkey signed a cooperation protocol to strengthen collaboration on disaster risk reduction which is an important area for the country considering in the last 60 years economic losses caused by disasters correspond to 3 percent of the GNP.

Ankara — The signing ceremony for the Cooperation protocol has been hosted by the Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) on 7 February.

Cihan Sultanoğlu, Director of UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Europe and CIS; and Dr. Fuat Oktay, Director General of AFAD delivered opening remarks of the ceremony.

Exchange of information, knowledge and experiences on disaster management

Disaster risk reduction is an important development challenge for Turkey because since 1950, almost 34,000 citizens have lost their lives only due to earthquakes and in the last 60 years economic losses caused by disasters correspond to 3 percent of the country’s GNP.

As it is stated in its 2013-2017 Strategic Plan, AFAD aims at ‘building a disaster resilient society’.

Disaster risk reduction is also one of the areas of cooperation in the Partnership Framework Agreement signed between UNDP and the Government of Turkey in March 2011.

Therefore, the cooperation protocol prepared jointly with AFAD and UNDP aims to strengthen dialogue and collaboration on issues of mutual concern about disaster risk reduction. The protocol lays out the cooperation areas between the two agencies, particularly on Disaster management and Disaster Risk Reduction, Early Warning and Early Recovery and support to the Syria crisis response.

With the protocol, UNDP and AFAD will also cooperate in awareness raising initiatives to support improved integrated disaster and emergency management; and support improved systematic approach for every phase of this process.

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