Indonesia had its premiere of hosting a National Focal Points (NFPs) Round-Table Meeting for South-East Asia of the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Risk Mitigation Centres of Excellence Initiative (CBRN CoE). The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia was supported by the European Union (EU) and the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) in organising this 17th NFPs Round-Table Meeting held in Bogor from 10 to 12 December 2019.
The more than 40 participants of the meeting were NFPs and their representatives from 9 ASEAN countries, experts from ASEAN institutions, INTERPOL, Singapore and the EU as well as officers from the EU and the United Nations. It served as room to exchange latest developments in the area of CBRN risks and incidents, get information about CBRN CoE activities in other regions of the world, reflect on strategic work priorities for 2020, familiarise oneself with future CBRN CoE projects, recognise the importance of protection of critical infrastructure and to discuss the connection of CBRN risk mitigation and response with the ASEAN disaster preparedness and response plans and frameworks.
If not properly addressed, risks related to CBRN materials can have serious negative effects on health, the environment, agriculture, security, the economy and society as a whole, and generate repercussions at regional and international levels. Consequently, the CBRN CoE was born as an all-hazards approach that addresses risks related to criminal acts (CBRN proliferation, theft, sabotage, illicit trafficking and terrorism), accidental events (industrial accidents, waste treatment and transport incidents) and natural events (infectious disease outbreaks and CBRN releases caused by natural disasters).
The European Union CBRN Risk Mitigation Centres of Excellence Initiative (EU CBRN CoE)
The EU CBRN CoE is an initiative of the European Union (EU), funded and implemented by the European Commission through its international cooperation Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP) in close coordination with the European External Action Service (EEAS). The United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) and other relevant International/Regional Organisations and regional experts provide their capacity to ensure coherent and effective national, regional and international cooperation. The initiative currently involves 61 partner countries across 8 regions of the world, among them South-East Asia with the 10 ASEAN countries working bilaterally with the Regional Secretariat of the CBRN CoE in Manila.
For more information: EU CBRN Risk Mitigation Centres of Excellence Initiative website: http://www.cbrn-coe.eu/
European Commission, Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace website (see section about "Stable Situations"): http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/node/7350