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Yakutsk joins International City Resilience Profiling Program

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On April 12, the District Administration of Yakutsk discussed the participation of the capital in the UN-Habitat City Resilience Profiling Program.

It should be noted that The United Nations Human Settlements Program, UN-HABITAT, is the United Nations agency for human settlements coordinating all activities in the field of resilient human settlements development, previously distributed to various departments and organizations of the UN system. In 2012, UN-Habitat developed the Resilience Profiling Program, which aims to support and develop human settlements, in terms of environmental, social and financial security. Today, the program participants are 10 partner cities from 10 countries.

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April 2 - 9, representatives of the District Administration, program coordinators in Yakutsk, completed training at the UN-Habitat project office in Barcelona, Spain. At the meeting Head of External and Interregional Relations Department Gavril Kirillin and Head of Economic Analysis and Control Department Elena Totonova told about the results of the trip and main points for further work.

In January 2016, Chief of Urban Risk Reduction Unit, Dan Lewis and Head of UN-Habitat programs in Russia, Tatiana Khabarova visited the capital of the republic. Meetings were held with the authorities of the city, the delegation visited infrastructure and life support facilities. In March 2016 Mayor of the city Aisen Nikolaev took part in the annual UN Conference in Barcelona. January 25, 2017 in the capital of the republic, an agreement was signed, according to which Yakutsk became the first city of Russia and the CIS, which became a participant of this program.

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Gavril Kirillin noted that by becoming a participant in the international program, Yakutsk could develop in terms of various risks and threats resistance. "Resilience" in the understanding of UN-Habitat is the ability of the city system to withstand various risks and threats, and also to maintain the continuity of its functions during force majeure situations. UN-Habitat identifies several types of risks and threats. These include biological, anthropogenic and climatic factors: tsunamis, tornadoes, floods, fires, as well as financial, social threats such as terrorism and much more.

"One of the useful moments of the seminar was a meeting with the authorities of Barcelona, which today have advanced experience in implementing this program. They told us about their activities, and about the difficulties they encountered in the process of collecting information," - says Elena Totonova, Head of Economic Analysis and Control Department of Yakutsk.

The plans also include the establishment of a project office, which coordinates the work of the Program in the territory of Yakutsk.

Department for Public Relations, Media, External and Interregional Relations of the Administration of Yakutsk