European and Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement

EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement - 2013 Previous Activities

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

The winners of the International Art Competition for Children's Paintings "I saw the disaster with my eyes" were presented at a ceremony at the National Palace of Children in Sofia at the end of October. Participants from Serbia, Bulgaria, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, India and the Philippines took part at the competition which was open to children between the ages of 6 and 18. The Competition, conducted under the auspices of the EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement, aims at raising childrenís awareness to disasters as well as their knowledge on disasters and capacity to respond in case of an emergency.

List of Winners
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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 draft programme.

Programme (in French)

Course on Climate Change, Global Change and Cultural Heritage
3-7 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.

European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction
23-25 September 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 authoritiesí specific role. (more...)

4th Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction
19-23 May 2013, Geneva, Switzerland

The aim of the Fourth Global Platform was to continue the momentum into a durable and sustained effort from all actors (governments, NGOs and civil society, international agencies and organizations, academic and technical institutions, and the private sector) to take shared responsibility in reducing risks and reinforcing resilience in our communities. The Fourth Session was also an opp ortunity to progress and consult over a post-Hyogo Framework of Action (HFA). Managed by the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), the Session took place in Geneva from 19 to 23 May 2013.
EUR-OPA Statement

St Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF)
20-22 June 2013, St Petersbourg

Invited by the Ministry of Civil Defense, Emergencies and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters (EMERCOM) of the Russian Federation, the EUR-OPA Agreement participated in the panel discussion "The Economics of Managing Major Catastrophes" at St Petersburg International Economic Forum 2013 (20-22 June).
The discussion, moderated by Margareta Wahlstrom (United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction) and with the participation of Vladimir Puchkov (Minister of EMERCOM Russia) and top level managers of private companies, focused on the increasing economic implications of major disasters and the ways that both public and private decision makers can contribute to the societiesí resilience through adequate coordinated actions.

Presentation of the Panel Session

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