Although having no nuclear power plants on their territory ASEAN countries could, in case of an incident at a radiological facility or nuclear accident in other countries, be affected by resulting radiological release. This raises the importance of an appropriate emergency preparedness and response (EP&R) arrangement for ASEAN countries. Recognising that there is not much EP&R expertise available, the European Commission actively supported the development of the Regional EP&R Strategy. The Strategy identified a lack of tools to enable comprehensive decision making in emergencies as the highest priority needs.
In 1948, after the devastating Second World War, which brought painful divisions in Europe and occupation for many European countries, the international community committed to define, promote and protect human rights. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights that we celebrate on 10 December has enshrined these shared principles and has had a profound influence on the development of the world. But still, almost seventy years on, we are far from the full respect of these commitments all over the world, and we recognize that all states must do more in this respect.