Iran is prone to disasters and it ranks as one of the most disaster prone countries in the world with floods, drought and earthquakes being the most frequent natural disasters. 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.
In order to reach those goals, a 3-days workshop entitled “the first Training of Trainers workshop, Essential Activities in Emergency Situations” was inaugurated on 1st of July 2017 in TDMMO (Tehran Disaster Mitigation and Management Organization) with cooperation of Iran Rescue House (an NGO). This would be a set of two series of ToT Workshops on the subject. In the opening with presence of Dr. Ahmad Sadeghi, Head of the Tehran Crisis Management and Disaster Management Organization, Mr. Ahmad Bakhtiari, Head of Iran Rescue House, H.E. Ian Biggs, Australian Ambassador in Iran, Dr. Zahra Sadrazam Nouri, member of the Tehran city council, UNOCHA Iran Head of Office, Mr. Amir Barmaki, and other officials from Iranian government and NGOs, all confirmed that the only way that Tehran resiliency in dealing with natural disasters could be improved is through public education and community participation.
The officials emphasized the important role of NGOs and civil society in public education for disasters readiness, and to improve resilience of societies. Mr. Bakhtiari, Iran Rescue House, highlighted the importance of the workshop, as coordination is part of a collective team work. He saluted the role of every stakeholder in this process, and appreciated their willingness to raise public education for better preparedness. OCHA and Australian Ambassador reasserted their support to work with Iranian stakeholders and emphasized the importance of having effective working environment to improve preparedness for natural disasters in Iran, which is facing new threats, mainly global warming and deterioration of environment, especially in the city of Tehran.
During this workshop, numerous topics were discussed. Presentations were made in order to familiarize the participants with the effective methods of public participation in the disaster management cycle and introduction of speaking skills, communications and relevant skills for effective training. The main goal of this workshop was to coach trainers for public awareness campaigns of disasters preparedness, and to highlight the importance of communication, coordination and cooperation among different stakeholders. The guiding principles for this initiative are Sustainable Development Goals, the Sendai framework of action and other UN relevant instruments.
OCHA is aiming to work with NGOs, public and private sector, and Government partners to improve Iran’s capacity to respond to disasters and improve its preparedness. The stakeholders were motivated to share new ideas and discuss in an atmosphere of attention and respect.
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