European and Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement

11th Ministerial Session of the EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement

"Protecting societies from disasters through preparedness and prevention: a political priority" (31 October 2006, Marrakech, Morocco)

The main aim of the Ministerial meeting which took place in Marrakech on 31 October was to obtain political support for disaster reduction as a major element of sustainable development and define priorities for the years 2007-2011 which will guide the work of the Agreement.

Adopted Texts
- Resolution "Priorities Disaster Reduction"
- Recommendation "Local and Regional Authorities Disaster Risks"
- Recommendation "Risk Reduction through Education at school"

- Opening speech by Mohamed El Yazghi, Moroccan Minister of Territorial Development, Water and the Environment (French only).

- Speech by Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, Director General of Education, Culture and Heritage, Youth and Sport of the Council of Europe (French only).




Programme  (AP/CAT (2006) OJ 2 rev.8)


The importance of European and Mediterranean co-operation in preventing disasters. Arnaldo CRUZ Portugal


Planning as a tool for risk prevention. László BORBÉLY, Romania

Disaster risk reduction for seismic events: the experience of Turkey. Faruk Nafiz ÖZAK, Turkey 


Twenty years after the Chernobyl Accident: lessons learnt. Volodymyr KHOLOSHA Ukraine


  EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement Priorities. Mohamed EL YAZGHI, Morocco


Implementing the Hyogo Framework for Action in Europe and the Mediterranean, Sálvano BRICEŃO, International Strategy for Disaster Reduction


Priorities for Europe and the Mediterranean. Pia BUCELLA, European Commission

Risk prevention in schools in the Principality of Monaco. Paul MASSERON, Principality of Monaco 


Education and training on disaster prevention: new challenges and trends. Justo Tomás ZAMBRANA PINEDA, Spain


Education to risks as an element of education to sustainable development: the work ahead. Badaoui ROUHBAN, UNESCO

New technologies at the service of risk awareness in schools. Christos KYRIAKIDES Cyprus


Role of local and regional authorities in risk reduction. Valery AKIMOV, Russia

Role of local and regional authorities in disaster reduction in Armenia. Aram TANANYAN, Armenia


The role of local and regional authorities in preventing and planning for risks and in dealing with emergency situations: creating the necessary partnerships. Ian MICALLEF, Local Authorities of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe

Making local authorities conscious of risks. Jan MANS, European Forum for Local and Regional Disaster Management