On 28 November 2022, the Deputy Secretary-General of the Energy Charter Secretariat, Ms Atsuko Hirose, attended a high-level event jointly organised by the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the Kingdom of Belgium, the European Union (EU) and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), to discuss the progress in implementing the project, “Strengthening disaster resilience and accelerating implementation of Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in Central Asia”, funded by the EU.
The project supports strengthening regional coordination, development of regional Disaster Risk Reduction strategy, national disaster loss accounting systems, and community-level disaster risk reduction. Central Asia is vulnerable to a multitude of natural disasters, such as landslides, floods, droughts and earthquakes. The resilience of critical infrastructure, including energy, is crucial to mitigate adverse environmental impacts and economic losses that affect millions of people.
H.E. Mr. Margulan Baimukhan, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the Kingdom of Belgium, -Head of the Mission to the EU and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, H.E. Ms. Terhi Hakala, EU Special Representative for Central Asia, and H.E. Ms. Mami Mizutori, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction and the head of the UNDRR (in the photograph, with Deputy Secretary-General Hirose), were among the speakers at the event.