The CEMC is a reoccurring event which invites national and international experts in disaster management to discuss and raise awareness on national crisis management, encourage collaboration and promote best practices in the field of emergency management. The 6th CEMC was held under the patronage of Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Advisor, and carried the theme “Future Foresight of Emergencies and Crisis: Capabilities and Challenges”.
The EU and its CBRN Centres of Excellence (CoE) Regional Secretariat for the GCC countries were represented and actively participated in the event with a pre-conference workshop on the first day. Three experts from the EU and the EU CBRN CoE Initiative provided different aspects of the collaborative efforts of the European Union with the Gulf countries on CBRN risk mitigation. Mrs. Jirina Valentova from the European External Action Service gave a presentation on the EU's general approach towards the CBRN risk mitigation and building CBRN resilience.
Mr. Adil Radoini, the Regional Coordinator for the EU CBRN CoE in the Gulf and Middle East, and UN Officer for the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) gave a presentation on the structure and objectives of the EU CBRN CoE Initiative around the world and its activities in the GCC region.
Dr. Yuri Bruinen De Bruin, Chemical expert from the Joint Research Center of the European Commission gave a technical review of the European Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) program and its implementation within the member states of the European Union as well as how the European Union has adapted its legislation and policies towards dangerous chemicals in partnership with industry in light of accidents and major disasters from the past.
The EU CBRN CoE Regional Secretariat under the patronage of Brig. Eng. Hussein Al Harthei was invited to participate in the 6th CEMC and looks forward to cooperating and assisting NCEMA and national stakeholders in raising awareness for CBRN risks and how to reduce them.
The EU CBRN CoE is a worldwide initiative led, financed and implemented by the European Commission, specifically the Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO), in close coordination with the EEAS and with the support of the UN (United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute - UNICRI) and other international organisations and local experts.
The Initiative aims to mitigate CBRN risks of criminal, accidental or natural origin by promoting a coherent policy, improving coordination and preparedness at national and regional levels and by offering a comprehensive approach covering legal, scientific, enforcement and technical issues.
The Initiative involves more than 61 countries and has been launched in 8 different regions of the world, namely: African Atlantic Façade; Central Asia; Eastern and Central Africa; Gulf Cooperation Council Countries; Middle East; North Africa; South East Asia; South East and Eastern Europe. Each of these regions has a functioning Regional Secretariat. The Regional Secretariats ensure cooperation and coordination with partner countries and are responsible for supporting them with the identification of needs, the formulation of regional project proposals, the development of national action plans and the implementation of the projects.
As a result of the on-going activities of EU CBRN CoE initiative, over 70 projects – addressing countries’ needs - have been or are implemented since 2011.
Further information can be obtained on the CBRN CoE web portal: http://www.cbrn-coe.eu