European and Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement

Memorandum of Co-operation between the Council of Europe and the Secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR)

Signed in Paris, UNESCO, on 24 April 2008


The objective of the Memorandum of Co-operation is to establish a working framework to organise and develop collaboration between the Council of Europe and the UN/ISDR oriented towards achieving regional support for disaster risk reduction.

Both Organisations have identified in particular the following areas of co-operation:

reduction of vulnerability, risk mapping, and early warning

establishment, strengthening and networking of national platforms for disaster risk reduction in the member states of the Council of Europe to reduce vulnerability and the risks of disasters

education and knowledge on disaster risk reduction

mainstreaming of disaster risk reduction into sustainable development plans and initiatives

ensure follow-up on reporting of information on achievements in the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) through national platforms and/or Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) focal points