On 18-21 June the 6th International Meeting of the National Focal Points of the EU CBRN Risk Mitigation Centres of Excellence Initiative took place in Brussels. The Initiative unites sixty countries around eight regional secretariats with an aim to increase the national and regional capacities to mitigate chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) risks. The Central Asia regional secretariat is hosted by the government of Uzbekistan in Tashkent and includes the following countries: Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
At the annual meeting the EU CBRN CoE 2018 prizes were awarded in the categories of best regional success story, best national success story and the most innovative regional proposal.
Central Asia region was awarded the prize for the most innovative regional proposal.
The proposal “Popularization and visibility of the EU CBRN CoE Initiative among the Various Layers of the Population” was discussed and agreed by the partner countries during the regional round table meeting in Dushanbe in March 2018. The project seeks to raise the awareness of CBRN issues among children and youth through organization of lessons, meetings and drawing competitions around the topic “Safe world through the eyes of children.”
Ms Henriette Geiger, Director of the People and Peace Directorate, International Cooperation and Development, European Commission in her speech announcing the winners said: “For the most innovative regional proposals we looked at the creativity of the proposals and how they were able to build upon and leverage the EU CBRN CoE the most. The most innovative proposal showed a new way to take full advantage of the regional common expertise within the initiative. It identified a way to reach new audiences for the important CBRN topics we work with every day for a safer future with and for our children.”
Mr Bakhtiyor Gulyamov, Head of Secretariat of Central Asia region in his concluding remarks said that this is a result of collective efforts and shows the commitment of the region in finding innovative ways to tackle CBRN threats.