in 1987, the European and Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement
(EUR-OPA) is a platform for co-operation between European and Southern
Mediterranean countries in the field of major natural and technological
disasters. Its field of action covers the knowledge of hazards,
risk prevention, risk management, post-crisis analysis and rehabilitation.
Global Risk Forum GRF Davos
supports the initiative of the EUR-OPA Major Hazards
Agreement on the inclusion of people with disabilities
in disaster preparedness and response, launched with a
Workshop in October 2013. The
5th International Disaster and Risk Conference IDRC Davos 2014,
to take place on 24 - 28 August 2014 in Davos,
Switzerland, is expected to address disability and
disaster risk reduction.
of the Statement
13 October - International Day for Disaster Reduction
Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe
The International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR), launched in 1989, encourages every citizen and government to take part in building more disaster-resilient societies and to promote a global culture of disaster reduction. It is premised on the principle that all groups in the community have the same rights and that their needs are fully respected. In 2013 the IDDR theme “Living with disability and disasters” focusses on the estimated one billion people around the world who live with some form of disability.
The Council of Europe advocates the needs of people with disabilities primarily through its Disability Action Plan 2006-2015 managed by the Council’s Social Cohesion and Integration Division, and through the “European and Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement” (EUR-OPA) in which guidance on a more operative practice with vulnerable groups
- including people with disabilities - is developed.
Workshop: Including people with disabilities in disaster
preparedness and response
22-23 October 2013, Paris
The workshop “Including People with Disabilities in disaster preparedness and response “, organised by the EUR-OPA Agreement, aims at fostering adaptation and resilience to disasters for people with disabilities. The Workshop will present an overview of the situation of people with disabilities related to disaster risk reduction in the EUR-OPA Member States, as well as good practices. A Report, Guidelines and Recommendations on including people with disabilities in disaster preparedness and response will be presented and discussed.
The meeting is open for policy makers and government representatives, including local governments, agencies and associations, mainly involved in the field of civil protection and all stakeholders working with people with disabilities and disaster risk reduction.
Course on Climate Change, Global Change and Cultural Heritage
October 2013, Ravello, Italy
The course will cover risks to Cultural Heritage from Climate and Global Change by developing issues as Climate and Global Change impact
Vulnerability and Risk and Adaptation Strategies. It will present the results of research from European and
International projects and outline future perspectives
on risks to heritage induced by climate and global
change. The Course is organised by the European University Centre for
Cultural Heritage (Centro
Universitario Europeo Per I Beni Culturali) in collaboration with the Scientific and Technical Research
Centre on Arid Regions (CRSTRA)
in Biskra, Algeria, and with the support of the EUR-OPA
Major Hazards Agreement.
International Course on
Management of Climate Risks. Adaptation Strategies
3-7 November 2013, Biskra
The Scientific and Technical Research Centre on Arid Regions (CRSTRA) in Biskra, Algeria, organises an international course on management of climate risks and possible adaptation strategies. The course will be held from 3 to 7 November in Biskra, Algeria. For more information, please contact the
Centre or consult the
International Competition for Children's Paintings
The Directorate General of Fire Safety and Civil
Protection (Ministry of Interior of Bulgaria), together
with the Ministry of Education and Science and the
National Palace of Children, organises a new edition of
the International Art Competition for Children's
Paintings "I saw the disaster with my eyes". The
Competition, which is open to children between the ages
of 6 and 18, is conducted under the auspices of the
EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement of the Council of
Europe. The Competition aims to find out children’s
awareness to disasters as well as their knowledge on
disasters and capacity to respond in case of emergency.
The deadline for sending the paintings is set to 20
European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction
2013, Oslo, Norway
Hosted this year by the Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection (DSB), Chair of the EFDRR, the meeting is organised in collaboration with UNISDR Europe and the Council of Europe (EUR-OPA Agreement). The purpose of the meeting is to facilitate discussion, exchanges and synergies towards disaster risk reduction activities in Europe and provide inputs from European
Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) Focal Points to the Post-HFA consultations. Additional topics to be discussed include the links with climate change adaptation and local authorities’ specific role.
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