“Preventing Disaster Losses and Reducing Vulnerability of Children in Armenia” Project’s Final Conference was Held

On February 25, “Preventing Disaster Losses and Reducing Vulnerability of Children in Armenia” project’s final conference was held.
The project was organized and conducted by the United Nations Children’s Fund together with RA Ministry of Territorial Administration and Emergency Situation, the Ministry of Education and Science and the Ministry of Urban Development.
The aim of the project was to assist the Government of the Republic of Armenia to implement school and nursery school security overall assessment. The project is consistent with the Hyogo Framework for action 2005-2015. 4th priority direction ; “To reduce basic risk factors”, the main goal of which is the significant reduction of human, social, environmental and economic losses occurred because of disasters in the countries and communities.
The aim of the conference was to introduce the final analytical report to the participants. The report will assist RA Government to develop a national program and an action plan addressing educational institutions’ rehabilitation, reconstruction and modernization which will involve the most vulnerable schools, necessary arrangements and funding sources:
The project was funded by the US Agency for International Development.

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Working meeting ” Replenishment of the Project with Legal Component in DRR in URBAN Communities”

On February 18 within the frames of DRR National Platform of Armenian and with the initiative of the Armenian Red Cross Society (ARCS) a working meeting and discussion on ” Replenishment of the Project’s Legal Component in DRR in URBAN Communities” was organized in “Ani Plaza” hotel.
Representatives from ARNAP Foundation, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Geneva office (IFRC), the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Emergency Situations, Crisis Management State Academy (CMSA), Yerevan Municipality, Japan International Cooperation Agency, the UN Development Programme, UNICEF, Oxfam, World Vision and the Armenian branch of “Save the Children” Armenian office participated in the meeting. The goal of the meeting was:
• To present the results of the study done by experts within the frames of the project.
• To discuss issues related to the gaps of legislative filed and means of filling them.
• To find ways to combine existing legislative base with DRR tools.
The participants were divided into groups to discuss the topics that raised a number of issues to be resolved. In the result of the meeting it was decides to develop a final package of proposals and hand it to the thematic group of DRR National Strategy for ensuring the further activities.

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Training courses 2 for 911 and CMC operators

From February 1st to 8th German Red Cross (GRC) regional school of Baden-Württemberg regional organization’s First Aid and Rescue Service specialist Wolfgang Schmidt was in Armenia. The purpose of his visit was to meet with partner organizations to discuss organizational issues related to CMC and 911 operators’ training courses scheduled for April and to be held in RA Ministry of Territorial Administration and Emergency Situations (MTAES) Crisis Management State Academy (CMSA) training center.

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International consultant’s visit to Armenia

On January 26- 30, 2015, within the frames of UNICEF and ARNAP foundation joint project “Strengthening resilience of social protection system in Armenia” the international consultant Arkadi Toritsyn from Canada visited Armenia. The purpose of his visit was to support the national expert team to develop a package of recommendations on strengthening resilience of social protection system in Armenia, based on the international experience.
During the 5 day visit the international consultant had regular work-meetings with the national expert team, UNICEF and ARNAP staff. Besides, other meetings were organized with different stakeholders and partners form RA ministry of labor and social affairs, RA ministry of education and science, World Vision, UNDP, UN OCHA, Integrated social service center of Avan administrative district, Armenian Red cross society, World Bank, Armavir regional administration.
The following issues were discussed during the meetings:
• the goal and the purpose of the project,
• previous works implemented within the project,
• DRR national platform’s structure and activity,
• UNICEF’s involvement in strengthening resilience of social protection system,
• social protection systems in Armenia,
• the role and operations of the Integrated social centers,
• the role of social workers and case managers in DRR,
• Government response to actual disasters in Armenia (in Armavir region),
• support and employment programmes for the population that was affected by disasters,

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