For the European Union Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Centres of Excellence Initiative (hereinafter referred to as the EU CBRN CoE), which is led, funded and implemented by the European Union (EU) with the support of the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), the coronavirus pandemic has become yet another test of resilience and importance.
The pandemic brought forward the need to evaluate the impact of the activities implemented by the Initiative in 61 countries around the world since 2010.
One of the results was an increase in EU assistance, the allocation of more than 2 million euros to reflect on the lessons learned and raise the capacity for combating coronavirus in Central Asia, as well as in South East and Eastern Europe.
Against the backdrop of the pandemic, the Central Asian region showed a surge of solidarity, which leads to the strengthening and increase of interregional cooperation and joint activities.
Please, find more information in the July issue of the Project’s Leaflet.
In this booklet, we have tried to highlight the work already done and ongoing by the Regional Secretariat for Central Asia and the EU CBRN CoE projects aimed at combating CBRN risks, in particular the coronavirus. We also highlighted the Regional Secretariat's activities during the COVID-19 crisis: webinars, discussions, virtual roundtables, dissemination of information materials, OSA's activities to raise awareness among the young generation, development of the CBRN Regional Action Plan in cooperation with the European Commission, updating the CoE Charter, etc.