“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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Joint meeting of the Committee of Permanent Correspondents and the Directors of Specialised Centres

6-7 November 2017 Paris, France

The Committee of Permanent Correspondents and the Directors of Specialised Centres of the EUR-OPA Agreement will hold a joint meeting on 6-7 November 2017 in Paris (France). They will discuss in particular the outcomes of the projects carried out by the Centers in 2017 as well as the new project...

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International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction

13 October 2017: Being prepared reduces the Disaster Risk

The European and Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement of the Council of Europe (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 gathering...

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The historical built up: a data base for the future

6 October 2017 Ravello, Italy

In regions regularly touched by earthquakes the surviving Historical Built-up Areas contain, necessarily, some seismic-proof features. However, as usually the traditional techniques are considered outdated, often the historical buildings are reinforced by using modern techniques and materials....

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Faro Convention Research Study

9-12 October 2017 Fontecchio, Italy

EUR-OPA is supporting a research study on 9-12 October 2017 in Fontecchio, Italy, with the focus on the Faro Convention approach, community preparedness and post disaster revitalization. In this capacity, a group of academics and civil society organisations will look into the work carried out by...

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EUR-OPA presents its activities at the International Dialogue on Migration

18-19 July 2017 Geneva, Switzerland

How do migration governance frameworks make sure that migrants do not face significant protection risks during the migration process and after having reached their final destination? How are significant operational challenges of providing protection and assistance to significant numbers of...

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Launch of the new publication on Migrants in Disaster Risk Reduction

19 July 2017 Geneva, Switzerland

The Council of Europe’s EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement and the UN’s International Organisation for Migration (IOM) are to publish a joint study on the benefits of involving migrants in disaster risk reduction initiatives. The study, entitled Migrants in Disaster Risk Reduction: Practices for...

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Call for tenders for consultancy services

3 July 2017 Strasbourg, France

The EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement is seeking for consultants and has launched a call for tenders which can be found here. As a result, a pool of 30 consultants will be established to assist the Secretariat of EUR-OPA in the implementation of its programme of work until September 2021. The...

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EUR-OPA presents its work at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

22-26 May 2017 Cancun, Mexico

The EUR-OPA Executive Secretary participated in the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (Global Platform) held in Cancun, Mexico from 22 to 26 May 2017. The Secretary presented EUR-OPA activities and, in particular, the work on vulnerable and marginal groups (e.g. migrants, asylum...

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The International Workshop on cultural heritage and climate change

18-19 May 2017 Ravello, Italy

Climate change is a growing threat to cultural heritage in Europe and elsewhere. Floods, strong storms, heat waves, extreme rain, drought and landslides are likely to increase in the future depending on latitude. This will affect monuments, archaeological sites, historical cities, museums,...

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International Conference on Risks, Security and Citizenship

30-31 March 2017 Setubal, Portugal

The Conference achieved its main goals, to get the participants exchange on the implementation of an effective strategy for disaster risk reduction towards resilient cities, in the framework of the Sendai 2015-30 Strategy. EUR-OPA’s programme of activities on vulnerable groups was presented. An...

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Reducing migrants’ vulnerability and exposure to risks

14-15 March 2017 Istanbul, Turkey

On 28 March, in the framework of the 2017 European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction (EFDRR), EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement organised a Session on “Migration, Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience” to discuss the need for more co-ordinated, integrated and inclusive approaches to disaster risk...

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EUR-OPA co-organises the European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction 2017

27-28 March 2017 Istanbul, Turkey

The European and Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement (EUR-OPA) co-organised with UNISDR and the European Commission the 2017 European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction to be held in Istanbul (Turkey) on 27 and 28 March 2017. On 27 March, Ms Claudia Luciani, Director of the Council of Europe...

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People at the heart of Disaster Risk Reduction

27 March 2017 Istanbul, Turkey

“The EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement works in particular to develop resilience to major hazards of vulnerable groups such as migrants, asylum seekers, refugees and persons with disabilities, in order to leave no one behind” stated Claudia Luciani, Director of the Council of Europe Democratic...

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EUR-OPA celebrated its 30th Anniversary

14-15 March 2017 Monaco

The EUR-OPA Committee of Permanent Correspondent held its 70th Meeting on 14-15 March in Monaco. Mr Gilles Tonelli, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Monaco addressed the opening session. The participants discussed and adopted in particular the thematic proposals for the Agreement’s...

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Meeting of EUR-OPA Bureau

16 February 2017 Strasbourg, France

The Bureau of the Committee of Permanent Correspondents of EUR-OPA met on 16 February 2017 in Strasbourg, (France). The participants discussed and approved in particular, the new approach and modus operandi proposed by the Secretariat to develop the work programme 2018-2019 and to strengthen the...

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Meeting of the EUR-OPA Directors of Specialised Centers

headline 30 November - 1st December Paris

The Directors of Specialised Centers of EUR-OPA Agreement held their annual meeting on 30 November and 1st December 2016 in Paris (France). They discussed in particular the projects implemented in 2016 and the activities planned in 2017 in the context of the new Medium Term plan of the Agreement...

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Including People with Disabilities in Disaster Preparedness and Response

3 December 2016

"It was my great opportunity to have experiences both as a beneficiary (migrant with disabilities) and as a contributor (representative of Disabled Peoples’ International –Europe) working with the Council of Europe’s EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement projects on “Including People with Disabilities...

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EUR-OPA presents its activities at the Lisbon Forum

24-25 November 2016 Lisbon, Portugal

The work conducted in the EUR-OPA Programme of Activities on “Including People with Disabilities in Disaster Preparedness and Response” and on “Migrants, asylum seekers and refugees in the context of natural and technological hazards” was presented during the 2017 edition of the Lisbon Forum:...

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EUR-OPA Hazard Ministerial Conference in Lisbon: Building more disaster resilient societies

At a time when European Southern countries faced, during this recent summer, unprecedented heatwaves and wildfires, Portugal hosted the 13th ministerial session of the Council of Europe’s European and Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement (EUR-OPA) on 26 October 2016 in Lisbon. Designed to...

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