Short before the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, which is annually celebrated on October 13, Turkmenistan hosted a three-day webinar for employees of the Center for Social Assistance. The course is organized by the Yenme public organization with the assistance of the USAID GSP (Governance Support Program).
The purpose of the online training, which was conducted by certified trainers, is to increase the capacity of the Center’s social workers in the field of disaster risk reduction, including on legislative and regulatory acts and emergency response. Since social workers at Social Assistance Centers work with the elderly and people with disabilities, they must have the appropriate knowledge and skills to prevent unforeseen situations.
Turkmenistan joined the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the first comprehensive human rights treaty of the 21st century, in 2008 and ratified the Protocol in 2010. Article 11 of the Convention on Situations of Risk and Humanitarian Emergencies emphasizes the obligation of States parties to take “the necessary measures to ensure the protection and safety of persons with disabilities in situations of risk …”. The country fully supports the previously adopted UN actions and strategies to reduce the risks associated with natural disasters.
Turkmenistan is also a member of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, which emphasizes the need for a deeper understanding of the risk of emergencies in all their aspects, strengthening disaster risk management systems, including national platforms.