Seventh Session of the IPRED and UNESCO-IPRED International Workshop on “Actions Needed for the Next Decade to Reduce Earthquake Losses”

Dates: 27-30 May 2014
Venue: Almaty Resort Hotel, Almaty, Kazakhstan

Earthquakes have been the greatest cause of death due to natural hazards in the last decade, and most of the casualities were caused by the collapse of buildings. Policies to secure building safety need to be designed, implemented and mainstreamed in an appropriate manner by policy-makers.

In order to reduce loses caused by earthquakes, building codes/standards and their implementation and reinforcement need to be one of the major priorities for disaster risk reduction by the governments. Capacity building and the dissemination of knowledge concerning building codes/standards should also be further developed by governments.

Additionally, it is crucial to implement activities such as the development of assessment tools, the production of special building codes, the definition of guidelines for their construction and retrofitting to strengthen the safety of educational facilities.

On 27 May 2014, UNESCO, together with the Institute of Seismology and the Ministry of Education and Science (ISMES) of the Republic of Kazakhstan, organized an International Workshop on "Actions Needed for the Next Decade to Reduce Earthquake Losses" in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

The Seventh Session of the International Platform for Reducing Earthquake Disasters (IPRED) followed this Workshop on 28-30 May 2014.

The main topics of both meetings were building code/standard and their implementation, school safety and engineering/seismological findings. UNESCO's building code global mapping project and quick school safety assessment tools were also introduced and discussed.

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