Minister of Interior Affairs Süleyman Soylu said, "Establishment of a disaster resistant society is an important element of economic development. Sources should be used for disaster prevention and disaster risk reduction. This requires cooperation between states and related agencies.”
Online 8th Ministers’ Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction hosted by Minister Soylu was participated by Deputy Minister of Interior Affairs İsmail Çataklı, Acting Head of the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) Hamza Taşdelen, General Secretary of the Economic Cooperation Organization Hadi Soleimanpour, ministers and representatives from Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.
Soylu stated in his speech at the conference that in addition to immigration, terror and violence, a pandemic has dominated the first quarter of the 21st century. Noting that an invisible virus threatens the entire world and showed that rich countries that believed that they could overcome all kinds of problems are among the most affected countries, Soylu stressed that globalization is needed for security, peace and brotherhood rather than money.
Soylu said that faultiness, climate change or pandemic have no borders and inpact area of natural disasters and loss of life and property due to disaster increased recently. He also stated that cooperation between the organization members and exchange of capacity and experience amongst them will increase the harms of disasters.
"Marmara Earthquake was a milestone in disaster management”
Soylu said the1999 earthquake was a milestone for Turkey which took many important steps and improved its capacity adding that current approach to earthquakes is divided into three stages namely, “measures before the earthquake, response during the disaster and rehabilitation in the aftermath of disaster.” He stressed that risk reduction plans are prepared for 81 cities of the country within the framework of the Disaster Risk Reduction Plan for Turkey.
"2 million and 858 thousand people attended disaster training programs till now”
Pointing out that 2021 was declared as the Disaster Training Year, Soylu stated that they are aiming at reaching 51 million people and a total of 2 million and 858 thousand people attended disaster training programs till now.
Soylu noted that one of the fundamental elements of new term strategies is response capacity during the earthquake adding that Disaster Response Plan for Turkey is prepared and implemented in order to increase this capacity.
"I can confidently say that Turkey has reached a world scale capacity and success in response and rescue activities during the disasters. Our activities during the deadly earthquakes in 2020 are the clear indicator of this success,” Soylu said.
Pointing out that Turkey has been working in an effort to find a solution to the humanitarian drama in the Syrian region of İdlib Soylu mentioned that 32 thousand and 134 briquette houses are built in the area under the coordination of AFAD.
"Sources must be used for disaster prevention and disaster risk reduction”
Stressing that there is a gradual increase in the disaster risk, Soylu reminded, “The number of earthquakes measured in our country increased by 43 percent in 2019 and 2020.”
Soylu stated that a disaster resistant society is an important element of economic development adding that, “Sources should be used for disaster prevention and disaster risk reduction. This requires cooperation between states and related agencies.”
"The 3rd Disaster Risk Reduction Conference organized by the United Nations in March was the most important activity in this field. The 3rd framework roadmap was designed during this conference. Many activities and studies took place for disaster risk reduction in the last 6 years that passed since the Sendai framework. The Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Framework that we signed today will be one of the regional risk reduction mechanisms foreseen as a part of Sendai framework,” he said.
"ECO Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Framework will be remembered in history as the document that reduced the damages caused by disasters”
Soylu went on to say that, the “ECO 2021-2025 Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Framework and related roadmap will be remembered in history as the document that reduced the damages caused by disasters in our region.”
Soylu added that the real time seismologic data exchange protocol is the most important technological language needed in disaster risk reduction.