Training Workshop on Disaster Management [Archives:2004/796/Local News]

December 6 2004

Under the auspices of H.E. Dr. Rashad AL-Alimi, minister of Interior, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Disaster Management Training Program of the UN Secretariat, in cooperation with General Director of Civil Defense, opened a three-day training workshop on Saturday 4 December 2004, at the Police Officers' Club in Sana'a, for civil defense trainees from different governorates as well as other concerned ministries and parties.
The workshop aimed at building national capacities to face disaster and increasing awareness and preparedness at all sectors to address the effects of disasters and emergencies.
The main objective of the workshop was to train the government and governorates institutions' staff to formulate contingency and disaster plans. Other objectives also included increasing awareness among trainees of some important concepts related to the contingency planning approach and encouraging the adoption of new integrated approach, highlighting the importance of inter-ministerial cooperation as well as between non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and civil society organizations.
The deputy of the minister of interior along with Flavia Pansieri, UNDP Resident Representative, officially opened the workshop. Ambassador of donor countries to the program was also attended. Trainees included representatives from civil defense offices from different governorates, in addition to representatives from concerned ministries, UN agencies and interested NGOs attended too.