Parliamentary hearings on ''Resistant Armenia''

16:56 / 18.10.2019

“Resistant Armenia”: Parliamentary hearings on “Resistant Armenia” held in the National Assembly of the RA followed the Post-Disaster Needs Assessment international workshop taken place in Yerevan on October 15-17 instead of elimination of consequences take up prevention supported by Asia-Pacific Ocean and Caucasus-Central Asia Regional offices. Feliks Tsolakyan, Minister of Emergency Situations, Heads of various Subdivisions of the Rescue Service of MES, participants of international conference and deputies took part in the above-mentioned parliamentary hearings.

Minister Feliks Tsolakyan briefly formulated the principle of having a security culture and a resistant country. Risks assessment should be put on the basis of policy and development projects in order that development was not unstable and vulnerable, take up prevention instead of elimination of disaster consequences.

This is a worldwide applied and justified approach. Dmitry Mariyasin, Resident Representative of the United Nations Organization in Armenia represented just one number: prevention is 6 times cheaper than elimination of consequences.

According to Feliks Tsolakyan resistant and strong country can be built only by joint efforts. Andranik Kocharyan, President of the Resident Commission on Defense and Safety Issues of the National Assembly, Hamlet Matevosyan, r/s general-mayor, Rector of Crisis Management State Academy of MES, Armine Hayrapetyan, National Coordinator of Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, Dmitry Mariyasin, Resident Representative of the United Nations Organization in Armenia and other speakers spoke on bringing together the abilities and capabilities of everyone (citizens, communities, state institutions, private sector) in disaster risk management, reduction and mitigation projects.

Dmitry Mariyasin noted that together we can acquire implementation of changes and promised advisory and technical support. Andranik Kocharyan was sure that everyone should contribute to having a resistant homeland, we should be aware, prepared united to build country safety. To Tigran Gidachyan's (Head of Civil Defense and Organization of Disaster Consequences Elimination Department of the Rescue Service of MES) point of view no institution can overcome disasters alone. Cooperation is needed with the understanding that investments in disaster risk reduction will reduce losses.

Hamlet Matevosyan highlighted the mindset change. Knowledge is necessary but not a sufficient condition. You should put your knowledge into practice to be protected, starting from crossing the street from intended lines and at the intended traffic light and not throwing cigarettes out of car-window. Earthquake occurred and will, but if you are not vulnerable this geological phenomenon will never become a disaster, an attempt will not become a trouble if buildings are strong, if you use them in a right way you won’t be vulnerable, you will be disaster resistant. Armine Hayrapetyan added that we should be united, in a systematic state of mind and initiative. Armen Chilingaryan, Coordinator of Disaster Risk Reduction Projects of the UN Development Program summarized the discussion. A skilled person comes out of any emergency, a smart person does not appear in such situations. We are skilled, it's time to be smart.

Volunteers who helped participants of the Conference dedicated to Post-disaster needs assessment and parliamentary hearings on “Resistant Armenia” were the students of the Crisis Management State Academy of MES who were rewarded with certificates at the end of the hearings.

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