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THE EVENT DEDICATED TO THE WORLD CIVIL DEFENCE DAY WAS HELD AT THE INSTITUTE OF GEOLOGY AND GEOPHYSICS


March 1, 2022

An event dedicated to March 1, World Civil Defence Day, was held in the ANAS Institute of Geology and Geophysics (in video format). The chief of the IGG Civil Defence Headquarters Oqtay Farzaliyev spoke about the history of the Civil Defence Day. In 1931, in Paris, the French General of medical service, Georges Saint-Paul founded the “Association of Geneva zones” – local “security zones” to create safety areas ot neutralized zones, where civilians, in particular women, children, the elderly and the infirm, could seek refuge in times of war. In January 1958, the Association was transformed into the International Civil Defense Organization (ICDO). The International Civil Defence Organisation (ICDO) is an intergovernmental organisation whose objective is to contribute to the development by States of structures ensuring the protection and assistance of populations and safe-guarding property and the environment in the face of natural and man-made disasters. These structures are generally known as civil protection, civil defence, civil safety and are all concerned with the management of emergency situations. The ICDO federates the national structures established by States for this purpose with the aim of favouring cooperation and mutual solidarity between them.

In 1972, the ICDO was granted the status of an intergovernmental organization. The ICDO has 59 member states. Azerbaijan is a member of International Civil Defence Organization and took an active part in rescue and rebuilding operations since 1993.

The theme of World Civil Defence Day 2022 is “Civil defence and management of displaced population in face of disasters and crises; role of volunteers and the fight against pandemics”.

At the event, it was noted that in response to the call of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) in 2020, the Volunteer DOST program was established. So, at the beginning of the pandemic, the actions “Volunteer neighbor”, “Let’s protect our elderly”, etc. were launched. As part of the program, in order to protect elderly fellow citizens, volunteers helped single citizens over 65 years of age with housework, purchase of essential goods, as well as in the implementation of utility payments.