28 July 2017 - Iran and UNOCHA prepare cities to be disaster resilient

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The strengthening of disaster management capacity in Iran has always been one of the goals of UN Family and OCHA. OCHA works closely with the Iranian Government and NGOs in order to implement programs that will result in reduction of effects in disasters and to improve preparedness of general public, increasing the resilience of the country, with specific focus on city resiliency and having empowered inhabitants to deal with the emergencies, mainly earthquakes, floods, fire and traffic accidents.

This initiative to train trainers for public awareness campaigns of disasters preparedness is part of a larger project in city of Tehran to raise awareness of three million inhabitants in the next three years on these subjects. OCHA/IRC NGO/TDMMO have initiated a project to train the first batch of trainers. Other organizations such as IRCS and Tehran Fire Fighter services are also cooperating in this macro project to educate/raise awareness of the general public.

UN, IRC NGO and TDMMO contributed to this macro project and contributed by organizing the first Trainer of Trainers (ToT) for “Essential Activities in Emergencies” workshop held from 1st to 3rd of July 2017 which has been a success, to train public education trainers. After this successful activity, the second workshop of Trainer of Trainers (ToT) series has been held from 26th to 28th of July 2017 in District 6 Disaster Response Center of (Park Laleh) Tehran.

During the opening of the second workshop, Dr. Ostad Taghizadeh (Deputy TDMMO), shared his remarks and reaffirmed that the only way that Tehran resiliency in natural disasters could be improved is through public education and community participation. He added that the international community is moving toward a comprehensive plan of action, rather than sectoral view on these issues, and Sendai framework of action emphasized to create an overall scientific concept for improving resiliency in communities around the world. Now is proved that institutions and organizations by themselves, even governments, could not make much difference if all partners are not cooperating together in a holistic manner, with full participation of the communities and empowered people. Mr. Khosravani, Head of district 6 Disaster Center, emphasized the important role of NGOs and civil society in public education for disasters readiness, and to improve resilience of societies/cities. Mr. Shahrivar, Deputy of Tehran Governor in Social Affairs, reminded that the notion of humanitarian assistance is deeply rooted in the Iranian culture and that it is part of the Iranian tradition to bring as many help as possible to those in need. He affirmed that without civil society engagement and NGOs in such initiatives, the process will fail or reach little results. He thanked UN and IRC to organize such important training opportunities.

The 50 selected participants (the majority of whom were women) have been trained and familiarized with the effective methods of public participation in the disaster management cycle, and are now skilled to lead effective trainings. Each of them will have to organize five public education sessions on emergencies, risks and hazards in the urban areas (mainly Tehran) and to educate groups of people on preventive, preparedness and response phase, life saving measures in case of earthquakes, floods, traffic accidents and fire.

These two workshops have been an effective and concrete contribution of OCHA in working with NGOs, public and private sector, and Government partners to improve Iran’s capacity to respond to disasters and improve its preparedness.

The project has been such a success that created much demand for these workshops and we were not able to meet due to capacity issues. It has been planned that another workshop will be held in the future for trainers of other cities of Iran, as an additional contribution by UN to increase the awareness level of citizens. The project has been possible due to generous sponsorship of UN and international donors and the cooperation of the Iran Rescue Center NGO (Khaneh Nejat Iran) and TDMMO.

We hereby announce that if organizations, companies or community centers need to have special training sessions for essential activities in emergencies, these trainers could be deployed. If there is such a request please contact OCHA Tehran (email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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شهریور 95 - ایرانیان و مانور بین المللی امداد و نجات در یوگیا کارتا،مدیرت بحران در زیر باران

تیمی متشکل از نمایندگان سازمان پیشگیری و مدیریت بحران شهر تهران و نمایندگان جمعیت هلال احمر کشور به همراه نماینده اوچا در ایران در مانوری که برای تمرین استانداردها و عملیات سرزمینی از تاریخ 25 تا 29 جولای در شهر یوگیاکارتای کشور اندونزی برگزار شد، شرکت کردند.

برای خواندن مطلب اینجا را کلیک کنید.

 

 

 

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مرداد 95 - شبیه سازی عملیات امداد و نجات در زلزه هفت ریشتری

 در سومین روز مانور بین المللی امداد و نجات در یوگیاکارتای اندونزی، کارشناسان شرکت کننده در تمرین شبیه سازی زلزله بر اساس استانداردهای سازمان ملل در حوزه امداد و نجات (اینساراگ) پرداختند.

به گزارش بحران نیوز، در این برنامه ،  برنامه شبیه سازی زلزله به قدرت هفت ویک دهم ریشتر در شهر یوگی یا کارتا  انجام و تیم های جستجو ونجات کشورهای مختلف بر مبنای سناریوهای فرضی در موقعیت بررسی وضعیت تخریب ساختمان ها قرار گرفته و به ارزیابی های اولیه برای اقدامات امداد ونجات پرداختند.

 در این برنامه ، تیمی از کارشناسان  عملیاتی ایران با همکاری تیم های استرالیا ، ویتنام وهند در یکی از بخش های تخریب شده شهر به بررسی عملیاتی  پرداختند.

تیم اعزامی ایران از دو گروه کارشناسان سازمان مدیریت بحران شهر تهران و جمعیت هلال احمر تشکیل شده است.

همچنین در حاشیه این برنامه عملیاتی نمایشگاه تجهیزات حرفه ای امداد و نجات باسارناس(آژانس ملی جستجو و نجات اندونزی) برگزار شد.

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مرداد 95 - تمرین روش های امداد و نجات با حضور نیروهای بین المللی

 

در سومین روز مانور بین المللی امداد و نجات در یوگیاکارتای اندونزی، کارشناسان شرکت کننده در تمرین شبیه سازی زلزله بر اساس استانداردهای سازمان ملل در حوزه امداد و نجات (اینساراگ) پرداختند.

به گزارش بحران نیوز، در این برنامه ،  برنامه شبیه سازی زلزله به قدرت هفت ویک دهم ریشتر در شهر یوگی یا کارتا  انجام و تیم های جستجو ونجات کشورهای مختلف بر مبنای سناریوهای فرضی در موقعیت بررسی وضعیت تخریب ساختمان ها قرار گرفته و به ارزیابی های اولیه برای اقدامات امداد ونجات پرداختند.

 در این برنامه ، تیمی از کارشناسان  عملیاتی ایران با همکاری تیم های استرالیا ، ویتنام وهند در یکی از بخش های تخریب شده شهر به بررسی عملیاتی  پرداختند.

تیم اعزامی ایران از دو گروه کارشناسان سازمان مدیریت بحران شهر تهران و جمعیت هلال احمر تشکیل شده است.

همچنین در حاشیه این برنامه عملیاتی نمایشگاه تجهیزات حرفه ای امداد و نجات باسارناس(آژانس ملی جستجو و نجات اندونزی) برگزار شد.

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21 July 2016 – Second Workshop on Civil-Military Coordination in Disasters

Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) organized a second workshop on 19 July focusing on three main principal subjects within the context of civil-military coordination (CMcoord) guidelines and concepts including briefing on civil-military roles and responsibilities (CIMIC), membership in INSARAG and UNDAC network, and potential cooperation with foreign military assets when deployed in case of disaster to assist Iran. A number of key senior officials and military officers from TDMMO (Tehran Disaster Mitigation and Management Organization), NDMO (National Disaster Management Organization), Army, PDO (Passive Defense Organization), Basij, IRGC attended the workshop whose main responsibilities were coordination of military assets and support for civilian activities in time natural disasters in Iran. The event was opened by Major General Mansourian, Deputy for Operations and led by Mr. Barmaki, the Head of OCHA throughout the day.

The subject of communication, coordination, and management of foreign military assets in case of disaster and role of UN and the Government of Iran were at the center of the discussion. As Iranian military is one of the key players in disaster management, OCHA firstly called for more communication and unification between them and all Iran’s disaster-related organization such as, NDMO and Red Crescent. Secondly, he introduced various UN advanced international tools and systems (UNITAR SAT, GDAC) that could help Iran strengthen its internal and external capacity in field of disaster management. Moreover, few examples and cases were shown to familiarize the participants with the way in which these mechanisms work.

A significant time was spent on briefing and explaining about military structures, particularly the CIMIC unit in various military systems such as the U.S, Canada and NATO. One of the participants raised the point that Iran used to also have an active civil-military organization before the revolution but it was replaced by Basij popular movement known as “Army and people Pillar” after revolution. The last part of the workshop was devoted to some made-up scenarios designed by OCHA as a way to create a real-life situation for participants and more importantly to test their communication, coordination, and decision-making skills within the context of civil-military coordination during the time of a natural and manmade disasters.

At the end of the workshop session, OCHA and PDO expressed their willingness to look into possibilities of collaboration with international community as a way to exchange best practices and lesson learned in field of natural and manmade disaster. For instance, it was raised that Japan could also be a beneficial partner as Iran can learn about their experience and knowledge of the way in which they managed and coordinated nuclear crisis resulting from Fukushima’s earthquake.

 

Story by: Younes Zangiabadi

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Mr. Amir Hossein Barmaki

7 September 2015 Amir Barmaki

Mr. Amir Hossein Barmaki

Head of Office

 

Nationality: Iran

Academic background: BSc Industrial Management, Master's degree Executive management (MBA) AIU Iran. Mid-Career MA International Law (UK, Nottingham).

Work Experience:

Aug 2015 - present: OCHA National Humanitarian Adviser – Acting Head of UNOCHA Office to I.R. Iran. 

2011 - 2015: Political Affairs Officer- United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).

2010-2011: Head of Evaluation and Assessment Department in Hamshahri Magazine (Newspaper).

2008-2009: Head of External Affairs/Public information unit, UNHCR.

2004-2008: UN Coordination Officer/ Head of unit, UN RC.

2002-2004: Financial Analyst and Contracts Advisor, Shell Oil Co Iran.

2000-2001: Program Manager, Family Planning Association of Iran, (International Planned Parenthood Federation, IPPF NGO).

1999-2000: NGOs Support Officer and Project Manager, International Consortium for Refugees in Iran (ICRI)-NGO.

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