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ECOSOC HAS fair from 24 to 26 June 2019, in Geneva, Switzerland

During the ECOSOC HAS fair from 24 to 26 June, INSARAG and UNDAC had the exhibit booth "Strengthening the Effectiveness of International Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) coordination".   The booth was running by the Chair of INSARAG Information Management Working Group as well as by members and friends of both INSARAG and UNDAC.

The ASG of OCHA, Director of the Coordination Division, Chief of the Emergency Response Support Branch, Head of the Emergency Response Section as well as the Prime Minister were hosted among others at the booth during the event.

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INSARAG Training Working Group Workshop in Oman

The INSARAG TWG conducted a workshop in Oman, hosted by its Public Authority for Civil Defence and Ambulance. The TWG was joined by representatives of the IMWG and GRG, and focused its work on revisions to the INSARAG Classification System (and Checklists), and the INSARAG Team Leader and Mentor Training Program. 

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Guidelines Review Group Meeting, Singapore 12-14 June 2019

The INSARAG Guidelines Review Group(GRG) Meeting hosted by the Co-Chair, Singapore, is taking place this week with 15 expert participants from 11 countries representing the Americas, Africa, Europe, the Middle-East, and the Asia-Pacific regional groups. The INSARAG Steering Group as directed the GRG to conduct the 5 yearly extensive review and consultations with the global network for a version 2020-25, and to be launched at the 30th Anniversary of INSARAG in Warsaw, Poland in October 2020.

The INSARAG Guidelines are the cornerstone of the globally accepted global standards as endorsed by UN GA 57/150 of 16 December 2002 and guides member countries on urban seach and rescue(USAR) preparedness and response arrangements.  

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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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