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Disaster Management Team


The UN Disaster Management Team (DMT) is a mechanism for emergency preparedness and response coordination. It is responsible for preparing for, and facilitating prompt, effective and well-coordinated emergency response by its member organizations to a new disaster in Armenia. The DMT mechanism helps coordinate the disaster-related activities, consolidating and directing the efforts of its members to ensure the effectiveness and efficiency of the assistance provided and avoid to the extent possible duplications and unilateralism.

In all matters pertaining to disaster management, the DMT recognizes the primary role of the Government of Armenia (GoA) in preparing for and responding to disasters and emergency events. National counterpart of the DMT is Ministry of Emergency Situations (MoES).

Objective

The primary purpose of the DMT is to ensure a prompt, effective and coordinated country-level response by the UN system, other international organizations and country missions in the event of a disaster. This is achieved through building disaster risk reduction capacities including prevention, preparedness and response measures by:

  • Organizing regular inter-agency contingency planning processes
  • Updating regularly disaster preparedness and response plans and arrangements
  • Initiating and conducting knowledge sharing and skills development events for member agencies
  • Ensuring necessary organizational arrangements for the smooth functioning of the DMT
  • Facilitating national capacity development efforts in the area of disaster management.

Composition

The DMT is composed of all UN Agencies present in Armenia. The Chair of the DMT is the UN Resident Coordinator. The team is supported by the Secretariat represented jointly by UNDP and RC Unit.

Technical Working Group

The Working Group is composed of agencies (UNICEF, UNHCR, UNDP, UNFPA, UNDPI, UNDSS, WFP, WHO and Armenian Red Cross Society) that have a mandate to provide relief support during an emergency.

Useful links

·  Humanitarian Relief Community

·  Humanitarian Reform

·  Inter-Agency Standing Committee

·  International Strategy for Disaster Reduction

·  United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

·  United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund

Contacts

DMT Secretariat
UN House, 14, Petros Adamyan st.
Yerevan, Armenia 
Tel: +37410 566073
Fax: +37410 543811 
e-mail: ashot.sargsyan@undp.org
or anoush.avanesyan@undp.org