UN Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

13-17 May 2019 Geneva, Switzerland

The Executive Secretary of EUR-OPA, Gianluca Silvestrini, participated in the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) on “Towards Sustainable and Inclusive Societies”. The Global Platform, as recognised by the UN General Assembly, is the most important Forum at the global level for...

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Meeting of EUR-OPA Bureau

29 April 2019 Strasbourg, France

EUR-OPA Bureau held its bi-annual meeting on 29 April 2019. The members discussed the impact of the uncertain budgetary situation on the partial Agreement; the state of implementation of Specialised Centres’ projects and activities, as well as priority topics for 2020-2021.

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BeSafeNet Olympiad : “Better knowledge against disasters”

16 April 2019 Europe

Secondary schools from the member States of the European and Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement (EUR-OPA) took for the first International online competition on “Better knowledge against disasters” taking place on 16 April 2019. With more than 140 schools from 12 countries (Albania, Algeria,...

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Launch of the “Technical Assistance Project on Delivering Good Governance in Greece”

14 March 2019 Athens, Greece

The EUR-OPA Executive Secretary participated in the Steering Committee of the “Technical Assistance Project on Delivering Good Governance in Greece” on 13 and 14 March in Athens. The meeting launched the project and brought together representatives of the Hellenic Ministry of Interior, the...

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Including migrants in emergency management: a course for local-level practitioners

28 September 2018

In our increasingly diverse communities, natural/technological disasters and other emergencies are ever more likely to affect migrants and foreign nationals alongside native residents. At the same time, empowering migrants to contribute to risks and emergency management together with native...

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2018 European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction

Securing Europe’s Prosperity – Reducing Risks of Disasters

21-23 November 2018 Rome, Italy

On 21-23 November 2018, about 800 representatives of European countries, stakeholder groups and partners will gather in Rome (Italy) for the European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction at the invitation of the Italian Government. The United Nations Bureau for Disaster Reduction, the European Union...

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Statutory meetings

Joint meeting of the EUR-OPA Committee of Permanent Correspondents and the Directors of Specialised Centres

6-7 November 2018 Zagreb, Croatia

The Committee of Permanent Correspondents and the Directors of Specialised Centres of the European and Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement held a joint meeting on 6-7 November 2018 in Zagreb (Croatia), in the framework of the Croatian chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of...

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13 October 2018 - International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction

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15 October 2018

On the occasion of the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, The European and Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement of the Council of Europe (EUR-OPA) recalls the importance of ensuring that no one is left behind in the prevention and preparedness to disasters, in particular the...

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International Conference on “Culture against disasters : protecting cultural landscape as prevention of natural disasters”

28-29 September 2018 Ravello, Italy

As part of 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage, the European University Centre for Cultural Heritage (CUEBC) is co-ordinating the project entitled “Revisiting local knowledge and media to fight natural disasters” (IKMeFiND). In this connection, the CUEBC is joining with EUR-OPA to hold a...

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Workshop on Beach and Coastal Resort Risks

24-25 September 2018 Malta

Gianluca Silvestrini, EUR-OPA Executive Secretary, addressed on 24 September 2018 the workshop on Beach and Coastal Resort Risks, in Malta. Organised by the Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Insular Coastal Dynamics (ICoD), at the Institute of Earth Systems, University of Malta, this event took place...

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Wildfires in Europe

25 july 2018 Strasbourg, France

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Mr Thorbjørn Jagland, addressed his condolences to Prime Minister Tsipras and the people of Greece following the deadly wildfires near Athens. He also extended his thoughts to the many victims of fires in Sweden. The European and Mediterranean Major...

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World Refugee Day

20 June 2018

EUR-OPA works towards human rights based public policies. We have developed Guidelines that provide strategic orientations for further work both at national and international level with the double aim of fostering political commitment from European and Mediterranean governments as well as by...

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Launch of Faro Convention topical series

31 May 2018 Strasbourg, France

The Faro Convention Action plan launched a Topical series on community preparedness and post-disaster revitalisation, following a research study carried out in Fontecchio, Italy in October 2017, with the support of EUR-OPA. Scientists as well as civil organizations stressed, in the context of the...

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Meeting of the BeSafeNet Editorial Board

17-18 April 2018 Strasbourg, France

The BeSafeNet Editorial Board held a meeting in Strasbourg on 17 and 18 April 2018. The participants discussed in particular the future steps of the project in view to finalise BeSafeNet website as well as the preparation of the Olympiad, an online competition on the theme “Better knowledge...

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New EUR-OPA publication on Cultural Heritage facing Climate change

Have European states developed a “climate strategy” for their cultural heritage? Do national climate change adaptation policies deal with risks to cultural heritage? What experiences have there been since Council of Europe recommendations on this matter in 2009, and what are the shortcomings? The...

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EUR-OPA Bureau meeting

12 April 2018 Strasbourg, France

The meeting of the EUR-OPA Bureau was held in Strasbourg on 12 April 2018. The participants discussed in particular the budgetary situation of the EUR-OPA Agreement and took note of the adjustments to the work programme following the discontinuation of Turkey as a major contributor. The...

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News from the Specialised Centres

New App: ImMigrants Immediate Migrants resources and tools

San Marino

The European Centre for Disaster Medicine (CEMEC, San Marino), one of the 26 Specialised Centers of EUR-OPA, launched a new Smartphone App aimed to support migrants in accessing health facilities. Developed under the project ImMigRant Immediate migrants resources and tools, this App is designed...

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Launch of the project "Preventing the emergency situations generated by floods"

5-6 April 2018 Chisinau, Moldova

The Executive Secretary of EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement, Gianluca Silvestrini, visited on 5-6 April 2018, the “European Centre for Mitigation of Natural Risks”, which is one of the 26 EUR-OPA Scientific Centres , based in Chisinau, Moldova. He discussed with the Director Prof. Anatolie Bantus...

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Presentation of EUR-OPA activities to the Steering Committee for Educational Policy and Practice (CDPPE)

21-23 March 2018 Strasbourg, France

The Executive Secretary of the EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement presented the Agreement to the 9th Plenary Session of the Council of Europe Steering Committee for Educational Policy and Practice held in Strasbourg on 21-23 March. He emphasised the projects carried out on prevention, preparedness...

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“Increasing knowledge and understanding of wild fire prevention for protection of human settlements and social infrastructure»

14-15 November 2017 Moscow, Russian Federation

The EUR-OPA Executive Secretary participated in the Conference entitled “Increasing knowledge and understanding of wild fire prevention for protection of human settlements and social infrastructure” on 14 and 15 November in Moscow (Russian Federation). On this occasion, he presented EUR-OPA...

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