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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