HFA 2 – Conference in Yerevan

Today, in the framework of DRR National Platform a conference was held in Ani Hotel.
The purpose of the meeting:
RA MoES, UNDP, UNICEF, OXFAM, Armenian Red Cross, CARD, World Vision Armenia, CMSA’s, SDC and <> media center in the framework of DRR National platform (ARNAP) organized a conference directed to development of HFA–2, during which the official position of the Republic of Armenia and package of development issues directed to HFA 2 were discussed.
During the meeting were presented,
• HFA achievements in recent years.
• The initial version of the recommendations of the Republic of Armenia,
• The official position and approaches of international organizations operating in the field of DRR.

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Korean boost for city resilience

INCHEON, 18 March 2014 – A new global capacity building initiative to strengthen resilience of cities around the world was launched today.
In a significant landmark for the thriving Making Cities Resilient Campaign of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), 25 high level city officials from seven countries began three days of practical discussions to hone Action Plans to boost their cities’ resilience.
One of the forum’s senior representatives is Mikayel Gharakeshishyan, the Mayor of Stepanavan, a city of 20,000 people in Armenia. “Our main hazards include earthquake, fire, strong wind, landslide, and hail but we aim to manage our city’s development – including as a sustainable centre for tourism – by addressing the disaster risk we face,” the Mayor said.
Mr Gharakeshishyan is the first mayor in Armenia to pilot a disaster risk assessment on which his city’s resilience action plan will be based.

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Gender Equality, Legal and Institutional Framework, and the Methodology of Gender Mainstreaming

On March 3-4 ”Gender equality, legal and institutional framework, and the methodology of gender mainstreaming” training was held, which was for DRR experts. The training was conducted by Armine Hovhannisyan, responsibe for gender issues from UNDP.

The representatives of the following organizations participated in the training: Oxfam, UNICEF, UNDP, UMCOR, Save the Children, ARNAP, World Vision, CARD, Armenian Young Women’s Association (AYWA) NGO, Support to Communities (STC) NGO.

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