DUSHANBE- The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Tajikistan and the Committee of Emergency Situations and Civil Defense (CoES) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for collaboration in the area of Emergency Preparedness and Response, Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA). The main objective of the MoU is to strengthen the bilateral cooperation, establish and advance the systems, modalities and procedures for knowledge and information sharing on climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction and to effectively manage response to natural disasters.
Present in Tajikistan since 1993, WFP has always been among the first organisations with CoES to respond to humanitarian emergencies. Along with emergency response, WFP has been providing technical and financial support to CoES to strengthen Emergency Preparedness and Response mechanisms.
Mr. Rustam Nazarzoda, the Chairman of CoES in his opening remarks expressed gratitude to WFP Tajikistan for the strong cooperation in supporting the country’s emergency preparedness and response system. “This (MoU) is not just a way of formalising our mutual cooperation, but is also a step forward in joining efforts and strengthening coordination for better efficiency of work”, noted the Chairman.
CoES is responsible for population protection and civil defense in emergency situations. It assures the secretariat of the National Platform for Disaster Reduction in Tajikistan and co-chairmanship of Rapid Emergency Assessment and Coordination Team (REACT) in emergency situations, disaster prevention and response phases at the National, Regional and Local level.
WFP is an active member of REACT and contributes to achieve the objectives of the National Platform for DRR. It responds to natural disasters and emergencies through emergency food assistance and relief interventions. In case of rapid onset emergencies, WFP keeps a contingency stock for targeted distributions for an initial period of three months.
“As we enter a new stage of cooperation with CoES, we plan to collaborate even more closely to be better prepared and to efficiently manage the response to potential disasters and help the most vulnerable and food insecure people in Tajikistan,” mentioned WFP Tajikistan Country Director, Mr. Paolo Mattei.
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For more information please contact (firstname.lastname@example.org):
Giorgi Dolidze , WFP/Tajikistan, Tel. +992 90 000 3235,
Dilbar Ruzadorova, WFP/Tajikistan, Tel. +992 9000 929 87