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Disaster Risk Reduction 8th Asian Ministers Conference held in Ulaanbaatar this year 05 July 2018

Disaster Risk Reduction Conference is in progress in the Ulaanbaatar city of Mongolia with the participation of Head of the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) Dr. Mehmet Güllüoğlu.

The Conference aims at discussing the level countries have reached in reducing the risk of disasters at the national and regional level after UN members 187 signed Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction Document prepared as an outcome of World Disaster Risk Reduction Conference held in 2015 with the participation of 50 Asian countries.

Participant countries have the opportunity to share with best implementation examples in disaster risk reduction with other participants during the conference. Moreover, country delegation leaders have the chance to mention other issues during the official announcement sessions.

Making a speech during the conference, Head of AFAD Dr. Güllüoğlu stressded that AFAD attaches great importance to risk management and added, “AFAD’s prior objective is to enhance risk reduction activities and decrease all kinds of dangers during the times of emergencies and disaster to a minimum. Within this context, we are working on the Disaster Risk Reduction Plan of Turkey.”

 Humanitarian aid operation in Arakan

Stating that AFAD has been offering its helping hand to those who are in need in different parts of the world, Dr. Güllüoğlu gave a brief information about humanitarian aid operations carried out under the coordination of AFAD: “In the aftermath of the massacre the Myanmar army staged in August of 2017 against Arakan Muslims, we launched a massive humanitarian aid operation in the region. We spent 23 and a half million liras for Arakan since 2012. We have completed the constructions of 815 bamboo houses; we are aiming at building one thousand and 65 homes in total. Our Ministry of Health has established a field hospital in the region. There are 32 health staff working in this hospital.  This field hospital had offered health services to more than 60 thousand people untill now.”

“Humanitarian aid cannot be used for marketing”

Noting shortcomings in humanitarian aid, Güllüoğlu stressed that only 20-30 billion dollars are spent for humanitarian aid while annual cosmetic consumption in the world is around 200 billion dollars and added, “Humanitarian aid is our label, this is not something that we market, it is a value for us”

Cooperation During Disasters

Mentioning AFAD’s activities about responding to disasters, Güllüoğlu said, “Many institutions in Turkey are carrying out joint projects regerding disasters. AFAD is working with Disaster Response Plan for Turkey (TAMP) component institutions and offices. For example; we have signed a protocol about permanent disaster homes with the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization. We have been fulfilling our obligations as a part of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction agreed internationally in 2015. We hosted the European Disaster Risk Reduction Forum in İstanbul in 2017.”

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