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The delegation led by the deputy minister Ragim Latifov participated in the work of Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction

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On May 13-17, 2019 the delegation led by the deputy minister of emergency situations lieutenant-general Ragim Latifov participated in the work of Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction in Geneva, Swiss Confederation. The agenda of the platform was dedicated to “the Dividends of Sustainability: Towards sustainable and Comprehensive Societies.”

The main goal of the event was examination and assessment of the works implemented according the Program of Action for the Implementation of the Sendai Framework and Sustainable Development Goals, as well presentation of existing regional agreements in accordance with these documents and national strategy on disaster risk reduction and discussions on the experience gained and mechanisms used by the member states. The event was attended by the high level delegations of UN member states.

Deputy minister of emergency situations Ragim Latifov had a meeting with Mehmet Gulluoglu, the head of Turkey’s Emergency Management Agency (AFAD). The prospects of cooperation were discussed, the projects implemented in Azerbaijan on disaster risk reduction and the works held for the preparation of the National Strategy on Disaster Risk Reduction were spoken about and importance of mutual experience exchange was stressed.

The works implemented according the National Strategy on Disaster Risk Reduction were discussed in deputy minister Ragim Latifov’s meeting with Paolo Albitro, the head of UN Disaster Risk Reduction Office on Europe and Central Asia, too. The meeting was dedicated to the development of National Strategy and activity of National Coordination Group functioning for this purpose.

In the frame of the event “round table” was held with the head persons participating in the work of Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction and deputy minister Ragim Latifov attended the round-table.

Then Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction continued his work. Deputy minister of emergency situations Ragim Latifov delivered a broad speech about the geographical environment and national disaster risks, the measures taken for the risk reduction, the achievements in protection of population and areas from natural and man-made disasters in Azerbaijan. The deputy minister emphasized the significant role of international cooperation and experience exchange in this sphere and expressed assurance to contribution of the Global Platform to disaster risk reduction. Ragim Latifov gave broad information about the works implemented for the realization of the Program of Action for the Implementation of the Sendai Framework in Azerbaijan.