7th ECO International Conference on Disaster Risk Management Gabala, Republic of Azerbaijan

The 7th ECO International Conference on Disaster Risk Management was held on 4-5 June 2014 in Gabala, Republic of Azerbaijan. The Conference, organized by the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Republic of Azerbaijan in collaboration with the ECO Secretariat, was attended by high level delegations from the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Republic of Azerbaijan (Host), the Islamic Republic of Iran, Republic of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Republic of Tajikistan, Republic of Turkey and Turkmenistan. The representatives from interested regional/international organizations and UN bodies including  UNISDR, UNOCHA, UNICEF, UNDP, UNESCAP, GIZ and THW of Germany, JICA of Japan, ECO-RCRM, Central Asian Institute of Applied Geosciences, Asian Disaster Preparedness Center, Asian Disaster Reduction Center and International Institute of Earthquake Engineering and Seismology also participated in the event.

Participants in this two-day Conference explored areas of enhanced regional cooperation/exchange of best practices in management, prevention and elimination of disaster emergency situations. The Conference adopted series of recommendations on regional cooperation and mechanisms for addressing disasters as a crosscutting and complex development issue.

In the course of the Conference, and given the interest shown by the regional and international organizations, the possibility of partnership on disaster reduction measures was also examined and follow up steps were accordingly discussed. 

The 8th ECO International Conference on Disaster Risk Management will be hosted by Republic of Turkey in 2015.