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Created 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. (more...)

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Major Hazards and People with Disabilities -
Their Involvement in Disaster Preparedness and Response

Disability couvThe publication provides an overview of the state of the art in emergency, preparedness and disaster risk reduction for people with disabilities. It asks whether an adequate level of resilience has been achieved by and on behalf of people with disabilities. The publication begins by defining disability and clarifying questions of ethics regarding the right of people with disabilities to an acceptable level of protection in situations of high disaster risk. In considering the institutional framework for achieving such protection, the publication considers the implementation shortfall, in which established principles have not been sufficiently activated. Planning, training and exercising need to be improved, and examples of good practice adapted to new environments and circumstances. The publication shows that there is much potential to improve emergency preparedness for people with disabilities, and the arguments for doing so are indisputable.

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Conference on Including People with Disabilities in Disaster Preparedness and Response
4-5 December 2014, Brussels, Belgium

DisabilityThe Council of Europe strives to promote the perception of persons with disabilities as holders of rights in the same way as all other citizens, considering disability to be part of human diversity. Defending values and promoting human rights through including people with disabilities in disaster preparedness and response is at the heart of the Council of Europe’s mission.
The EUR-OPA Agreement is therefore organising a conference (addressed to the member and Observer States of the Council of Europe) on the implementation of the Guidelines for Assisting People with Disabilities during Emergency, Crises and Disasters and the Recommendation on Including People with Disabilities in Disaster Preparedness and Response. The event will take place in Brussels on 4 and 5 December 2014. 

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5th Annual meeting of the European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction (EFDRR)
6-8 October 2014, Madrid, Spain

EFDRThe European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction (EFDRR) is intended to serve as a forum for exchanging information and knowledge, coordinating efforts throughout the Europe region and for providing advocacy for effective action to reduce disasters. This year in particular, it was devoted to contemporary issues of importance needed to promote a good political climate for implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action.

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5th International Disaster and Risk Conference - IDRC Davos 2014
24-28 August 2014, Davos, Switzerland

DAVOSThe International Disaster and Risk Conference IDRC Davos 2014 was organised by GRF Davos in close cooperation with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). The EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement was a co-hosting organisation of the event and presented its work on the inclusion of people with disabilities in disaster preparedness and response and more largely on vulnerable groups. The Agreement organised a special Panel and a Session on that topic. The long-term objective of this participation is to reinforce the cooperation between the Council of Europe and the Global Risk Forum and to promote the Agreement's work on people with disabilities and disaster reduction.

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"I saw the disaster with my eyes" - International Competition for Children's Paintings

logoThe 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, organise a new edition of the International Art Competition for Children's Paintings "I saw the disaster with my eyes". The Competition, conducted under the auspices of the EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement of the Council of Europe, is open to children between the ages of 6 and 18. The deadline for sending the paintings is 20 September 2014.

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Civil protection in diverse societies:
migrants, asylum seekers and refugees in the context of major risks prevention and management
12-13 June 2014, Strasbourg

EUR-OPA and Intercultural cities have joined their expertise to organise a workshop which will explore the access and participation of migrants, refugees and asylums seekers to disaster prevention, protection and response mechanisms and their contribution to making such mechanisms more adequate in relation to migrants’ needs. The workshop brought together representatives of civil protection administrations of EUR-OPA member States and of civil protection agencies from cities members of the Intercultural cities network, as well as representatives of migrants’ organisations. The key questions discussed were how civil protection bodies take into account the specificity of migrant populations (language, cultural and lifestyle differences) while conceiving and implementing protection and evacuation schemes; and how these populations can be encouraged to take part in this work and contribute to the development of more effective schemes, adapted to diverse societies.

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Previous Activities

2nd Meeting of the Bureau of the Committee of Permanent Correspondents, 24 October 2014, Paris, France

3rd Meeting of the Working Group on the implementation of the Recommendation and Guidelines on the inclusion of People with Disabilities in Disaster Preparedness and Response, 1-2 October 2014, Strasbourg, France

Operationalising Psychosocial Support in Crises, 11 September 2014, Zagreb, Croatia (Programme | Project  Abstract | Consultation Session)

Warsaw University, NOHA Intensive Programme, 7-8 September 2014, Warsaw, Poland

5th International Disaster and Risk Conference IDRC 2014 Davos, 24-28 August 2014, Davos, Switzerland



EUR-OPA Specialised Centres : activities for 2012-2013
Action Plan 2011-2015
Memorandum of Co-operation between the Council of Europe (EUR-OPA) and the United Nations (ISDR)


Ecosystem Approach to Disaster Risk Reduction


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