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INSARAG meetings with Chinese, Malaysian and Turkish delegations

 

Within the margins of Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, which took place from 13 to 17 May in Geneva, the INSARAG Secretariat met with Mr. Guan Yan, Deputy Director of International Cooperation Department of National Disaster Reduction Center of China, Ministry of Civil Affairs, P.R.China, Mr. Lei Zhang, Director at Jiangsu General Science Technology and delegates of researchers from National Disaster Red Centre of MEM China. The second meeting was arranged at the request of Dr. Mehmet Gulluoglu, Head of Disaster and Emergency Management Authority, Ministry of Interior, Turkey. At the delegates request the Secretariat hosted the two meetings on Friday 17 May. With China, the Secretariat discussed China's upcoming INSARAG External Classification and Reclassification of USAR teams and expressed its gratitude to the Chinese continuous commitment and support to the INSARAG Network. Furthermore, the meeting with AFAD's Head - Dr. Mehmet Gulluoglu was directed to the possible classification of the Turkish GEA team as Light. Dr. Gulluoglu stated that at this stage Turkey is focusing on the national capacity building and international classification will come at a later stage.

The representatives from both delegations expressed high interest in the regional activities and in supporting the INSARG Global Meeting in 2020.

Furthermore, at Malaysia’s request, the INSARAG Secretariat met the NADMA Deputy, Datuk Khairul Sharil Bin Idrus, on 16 May to discuss INSARAG National Accreditation Process and Malaysia’s USAR team upcoming IER.

 

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Swiss Exercise, Epeisses, Switzerland

At the Invitation of Switzerland, the INSARAG Secretariat team observed the full deployment and operational readiness of the SDC Heavy USAR Team in action, in Epeisses, Geneva Switzerland. The INSARAG Global Chair, Amb Manuel Bessler joined the team in the exercise. This is one of the major exercises by the Swiss team in preparations for their IER in 2020.

 

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INSARAG Field Exercises of the China 1 and China 2 International USAR Teams

At the invitation of the Ministry of Emergency Management (MEM) China, the INSARAG Secretariat from RPS and ROAP Colleagues, Ms Kristen Knuston and Ms Wang Rui participated in a mega scale international USAR response INSARAG field exercise in Beijing. The exercise involved over 200 participants from 2 Chinese USAR Teams from the MEM who are preparing for the INSARAG External Classification(IEC) and Re-classification(IER) respectively.

Notable experts from the region including the United States, Australia and Singapore are supporting. The objective of the exercises were for the teams to demonstrate their operational deployment capability at the INSARAG Heavy Level, in accordance to the INSARAG Guidelines. The teams established the United Nations Reception and Departure Center(RDC) and the USAR Coordination Cell(UCC) and used the Virtual OSOCC based on international humanitarian coordination arrangements for major earthquake response.

China-OCHA Workshop on Cooperation with the International Humanitarian system The INSARAG Secretariat coordinated and supported a China-OCHA ROAP led a workshop for officials of the newly formed Ministry of Emergency Management. A total of 39 members from the Ministry of Emergency Management participated. The objective of the workshop was to share with members of the new ministry, the foundations of international humanitarian systems, and global and regional emergency response architecture. China, led by the Director General of the MEM, Mr Zhao Ming, shared on the new MEM system and their experiences in the recent Mozambique Cyclone Idai response.

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INSARAG in Portugal

At the invitation of the WHO EMT Secretariat, the INSARAG Secretariat in RPS is this week participating in the EMT verification exercise of the Portuguese Medical Type 1 team for international response in accordance to globally accepted standards. A peer group of technical experts from 7 member countries participated in a vigorous and successful verification exercise. 

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