More than 170 Indonesian government officials trained on chemical safety by the EU
More than 170 Indonesian government officials have been trained mainly on aspects of chemical safety over two weeks within the framework of the European Union (EU) Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Risk Mitigation Centres of Excellence Initiative (CoE). A select group of participants has also been trained as trainers and should be multiplier of good practices throughout the country.
Experts from Public Health England (PHE), the International Security and Emergency Management Institute (ISEMI) of Slovakia and the European non-profit organisation Sustainable Criminal Justice Solutions led a series of workshops and seminars dealing with chemical decontamination, chemical recovery and remediation, sampling and identification and chemical risk management among other topics.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosts the National CBRN Focal Point of Indonesia. As such, the ministry was in the lead to coordinate the activities with the EU CBRN CoE Project 61 entitled Sound Management of Chemicals and their Associated Wastes in South East Asia (SEACHEM). Covering 10 countries in South East Asia, the purpose of that project is to address chemical safety and security issues in areas of legislation/regulation, prevention, detection, preparedness and response.
The EU Ambassador to Indonesia, H. E. Vincent Piket, lauded the increased engagement of Indonesia in the CBRN CoE in his speech at the training series. He stressed the importance of CBRN risk mitigation, including preparedness and response, because the wide spectrum "can reach from a tsunami hitting chemical facilities up to bombs filled with explosive and poisonous chemicals".
The EU CBRN Risk Mitigation CoE Initiative is funded by the European Union and jointly implemented by the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) and the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission. The initiative is developed with the technical support of relevant international and regional organisations, the EU Member States and other stakeholders, through coherent and effective cooperation at the national, regional and international level. The initiative involves 61 partner countries in 8 regions of the world.