Inception Workshop on Developing DRR Capacity in Iraq
Erbil, 16 April 2014: Experts and senior officials from Government of Iraq, the KRG Regional Government, Governorates and UN agencies met in Erbil at the Erbil International Hotel from 15-16 April for the inception workshop of UNDP’s new ‘Developing Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Capacities in Iraq’ project. This new initiative is the result of a long standing partnership between the Government of Iraq and the UNDP to contextualize disaster risks within in the broader development framework of the country.
A total 30 participants engaged in lively discussions to chart out a comprehensive plan and prioritize actions for capacity building on disaster preparedness and risk reduction in Iraq. As a first step on building DRR capacity, experts and officials provided their collective inputs to develop the institutional framework for a National Disaster Risk Management Centre, which is expected to drive the shift in Iraq from recovery and relief focused disaster management to a comprehensive risk reduction culture.
In his opening remarks, Dr. Samir Raouf, Deputy Minister of Science and Technology and Head of National DRR Committee, welcomed participants and highlighted the importance of this new project that would cater to the need for institutional capacity building toward comprehensive risks management of both natural and human induced disasters in Iraq.
UNDP’s Deputy Country Director, while welcoming the participants, confirmed UNDP’s continued commitment to DRR capacity building in Iraq. She emphasized the need to identify options to build resilience which will lead the government and the people of Iraq to be better prepared for and to recover from disasters.