Strengthening Cooperation in Disaster Risk Reduction

2-3 May 2024 San Marino

On 2 and 3 May 2024, at the invitation of the European Centre for Disaster Medicine (CEMEC) of San Marino, the directors of specialised scientific centres met at the newly inaugurated Centre for Global Studies at Palazzo Masi in San Marino (and online) to discuss ongoing efforts to strengthen...

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Global Fire Management Hub Workshop

19 March 2024 Rome

On 19 March 2024, Professor Johann Goldammer, Director of the Global Fire Monitoring Centre (Freibourg, Germany) participated in the Second Technical Workshop of the Global Fire Management Hub Workshop organised in Rome by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in...

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BeSafeNet 2024 Olympiad Results

15 March 2024 Online

The4smarties team from Stavros Gymnasium, Cyprus clinched the top spot in the 2024 BeSafeNet Olympiad held online on 23 February. The 4tified team from S5th General Upper Secondary School of Karditsa, Greece and the Viva Eroina team from Colegiul National Ecaterina Teodoroiu, Romania came second...

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EUR-OPA Bureau Meeting

14 February 2024 Online

The Bureau of the Committee of Permanent Correspondents met virtually on 14 February for its first meeting of the year to discuss the implementation of the work programme of the Agreement and to prepare the forthcoming Meeting of the Committee of Permanent Correspondents, to be held on 16 May...

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BeSafeNet 2024 Olympiad

23 February 2024 EUR-OPA Member States

Secondary schools across the 22 EUR-OPA Member States are invited to participate in the forthcoming online BeSafeNet Olympiad on Friday 23 February at 09:00 (C.E.T.). The competition is held within the framework of the EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement. The pupils will have the opportunity to test...

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UNDRR Action-oriented dialogue on the “Reducing Risk Together: Community Engagement in Disaster Risk Reduction"

13 - 15 December 2023 Helsinki

On 13-15 December 2023, the Executive Secretary of EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement participated in the Action-oriented dialogue on the “Reducing Risk Together: Community Engagement in Disaster Risk Reduction” convened by the UNDRR and the Ministry of the Interior of Finland. The Action-Oriented...

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BeSafeNet 2023 Olympiad Award Ceremony

1 December 2023 Strasbourg

The 2023 BeSafeNet Olympiad laureates and their teachers celebrated their winning performance on the occasion of the Award Ceremony held at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg on 1 December. The top three were team geOLTgrafias, Romania (1st), team Amigos III, Greece (2nd) and the Green team,...

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First Technical Workshop of the Global Fire Management Hub

14-16 November 2023 Rome

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in cooperation with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) organised on 14-16 November 2023 the First Technical Workshop of the Global Fire Management Hub Workshop. It was attended in person by Professor Johann Goldammer,...

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Joint Meeting of the Committee of Permanent Correspondents and the Directors of Specialised Centres

6-7 November 2023 Strasbourg

The EUR-OPA Committee of Permanent Correspondents and the Directors of Specialised Centres held their (80th) joint meeting in Strasbourg on 6 and 7 November. The main aim of the meeting was to discuss the priorities of work for 2024, taking into account the Medium-Term Plan 2021-2025 and the...

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World Congress on CBRNe Science & Consequence Management

23-26 October 2023 Cavtat

On 23 - 26 October 2023 the Executive Secretary of the Agreement participated, on behalf of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, in the World Congress on CBRNe Science & Consequence Management, held in Cavtat, Croatia, where he delivered an address. In his statement the Executive...

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12th Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe Annual Advisory Forum

20-22 September 2023 Lodz

At the invitation of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe (EPA), the European Institute of Cultural Routes and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland, the Executive Secretary participated as a speaker in the 12th Cultural...

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OASP-ECPFE Workshop on Seismic Assessment and Retrofitting of Masonry and Preserved Structures

13 September 2023 Athens

On 13 September 2023, the Earthquake Planning and Protection Organization and the European Centre on Prevention and Forecasting of Earthquakes (ECPFE) organised in Athens a workshop on Seismic Assessment and Retrofitting of Masonry and Preserved Structures. The workshop constituted one of the...

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International Conference on Resilient Systems (ICRS2023)

28 - 30 June 2023 Mexico City

The Executive Secretary participated in the International Conference on Resilient Systems (ICRS) 2023 organised jointly by Escuela de Gobierno y Tranformación Pública, the Singapore-ETH Centre (SEC), the Stevens Institute of Technology and the Netherlands’ 4TU Centre for Resilience Engineering...

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Destruction of the Nova Kakhovka dam in the Kherson region of Ukraine: statement by Council of Europe leaders

6 June 2023 Strasbourg

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia and Council of Europe’s President of the Committee of Ministers, Edgars Rinkēvičs, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Tiny Kox and the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić made the...

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DPPI SEE Regional Meeting

31 May 2023 Sarajevo

On 31 May and 1 June, the Disaster Preparedness and Prevention Initiative for South-Eastern Europe held its 45th regional meeting and an advisory board meeting in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. EUR-OPA’s Executive Secretary participated in the meeting and delivered a statement, in which he...

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UN Midterm Review of the Implementation of the Sendai Framework for DRR

18-19 May 2023 New York

On 18 and 19 May in New York, the Executive Secretary participated and delivered a statement at the High-Level Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on the Midterm Review of the Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. The meeting was convened by the President...

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International Conference on Wildland Fire

16-19 May 2023 Porto

On 16-19 May, two representatives of the EUR-OPA Network of Scientific Centres attended the 8th International Wildland Fire Conference in Porto, Portugal. Professor Johann Goldammer, Director of the Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC) at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry (Freiburg...

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79th Committee of Permanent Correspondents Meeting

11 May 2023 Online

The Committee of Permanent Correspondents of the EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement held its 79th meeting on 11 May 2023 by videoconference. The main aim of the meeting was to discuss the use of social media to support national measures for successful disaster risk communication. The permanent...

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PACE report on Political strategies against natural disasters

26 April 2023 Strasbourg

On 26 April, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe will debate a report (Doc. 15738) drafted by PACE Rapporteur Mr Simon Moutquin (Belgium, SOC) on Political strategies to prevent, prepare for, and face the consequences of natural disasters. Ending a recent three-day visit to...

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40th Anniversary of the European University Centre for Cultural Heritage

15 April 2023 Ravello

On 15 April, the Executive Secretary of EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement attended a ceremony to mark the 40th Anniversary of the European University Centre for Cultural Heritage (CUEBC), that has been one of the cornerstones of cooperation within the Network of EUR-OPA Specialised Centres. At the...

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