United Nations Development Programme
Disaster Risk Reduction
Forest Hills Eastern
Wildfires, tsunamis, earthquakes, tornadoes and blizzards are natural disasters that affect millions of people every year worldwide. Natural disasters have negative impacts on the economies, the lives of people and the cites these tragedies happen too. For example natural disasters cause huge mass destruction of homes and cities, leaving many buildings in rubble and ash. Diseases like Vector Borne, Diarrhea, Hepatitis A and E, caused by clean water being communicated after flooding.
Azerbaijan experiences natural disasters like earthquakes,landslides and seasonal floods. UNICEF together with the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Azerbaijan and Oxfam came together in efforts to improve disaster preparedness by setting up programs implemented in 8 communities of Salyan and Neftchala districts to develop awareness and to insure the safety of the people surrounding the area affected by the natural disasters. Additionally, Azerbaijan has installed 30 seismic stations in order to detect any earthquakes. These stations provide early warnings for the effects of earthquakes such as mudslides. Because Azerbaijan is located in the Caucasus, flooding is common when the snow in the mountains melt. Unfortunately, there has been an increase in flooding due to warmer climates.
Azerbaijan believes lowering disasters risk for the safety of people is important. Each year natural disasters take 90,000 lives and injuring over 160 million people worldwide. Azerbaijan is ready to work with fellow delegates to help reductice the negative effects of natural disasters, and the first step is to focus on climate change. Climate change will cause desertification, flooding, and mudslides in many nations, including Azerbaijan. To reduce natural disasters, we must reduce the factors that cause climate change.
- Amaya Holman