26 May 201427 May 2014 United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in cooperation with Institute of Seismology, Ministry of Education and Science (ISMES) of the Republic of Kazakhstan is organizing an International Workshop on "Actions Needed for the Next Decade to Reduce Earthquake Losses" in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The Seventh Session of the International Workshop includes platform for Reducing Earthquake Disasters (IPRED) on 28 to 30 May 2014.
Current increasing frequency, scope, complexity, and destructive capacity of natural hazards require integrated and internationally concerted measures of the international community. The importance of earthquake risk reduction has become a factor that united efforts both UNESCO and various experts from twelve countries, including Kazakhstan.
The UNESCO – IPRED programme was established in July 2008 in order to identify gaps and priorities through the sharing of scientific knowledge and experience in the field of seismology and earthquake engineering. The Program has become an effective platform for collaborative research, training and development of public awareness, for the purpose of ensuring the better preparation against earthquakes and building a culture of safety for the people in the world.
This meeting gives a new opportunity for the twenty international experts to work in close partnership with 80 colleagues from Kazakhstan in order to discuss the use of the existing know-how on earthquakes and its integration into development programs. The title of the Workshop indicates clearly that it’s time to focus on the next decade actions for disaster risk reduction and sustainable development goals.