Brussels, 17 October 2019 - European countries have
moved a step closer to aligning their civil protection
agendas with implementation of the global plan to reduce
disaster losses, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.
Experts from 31 of the Union Civil Protection Mechanism (UPCM)
participating countries met last month for the first time
with their National Sendai Framework counterparts in Brussels
to identify how they can improve collaboration to achieve
Sendai Framework targets including meeting the 2020 deadline
to have national and local strategies in place.
Civil protection assistance usually consists of governmental
aid delivered in the immediate aftermath of a disaster but
assistance made available through the Union Mechanism can
also include advice and support to a requesting country
on prevention and preparedness measures thus enhancing
international cooperation, another key target of the Sendai Framework.
“One of the main goals of establishing our DRR plan has
been to fulfill the Sendai Framework requirements.
We adopted 101 different measures: the majority of
them focusing on engaging citizens in risk and disaster
preparedness,” said Carlos Lucio Mendes from the
Portuguese National Authority for Civil Protection (ANPC).
Hosted by United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)
and the European Commission’s Directorate-General for
European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG ECHO),
this first joint meeting focused on reinforcing complementarity
between the EU and UN frameworks on disaster risk reduction.
Developing and implementing disaster risk reduction (DRR)
strategies under the Sendai Framework is intrinsically linked
to the EU-legislated need for countries to carry out risk
assessments, risk management capability assessments and
disaster risk management plans.
Participants discussed the development and implementation
of disaster risk reduction strategies and disaster risk
management plans at the local level and the critical
role of coordinating governance structures such as
National Platforms for Disaster Risk Reduction.
The European Union encourages more coordination across
sectors and stakeholders, working to increase the
sharing of best practice in disaster risk reduction.
One of the main priorities of the Sendai Framework
is the need for improved risk governance, through
established and active National Platforms which
have assisted in the delivery of several EU
legislative requirements in the field of disaster risk management.
Beyond activity implementation, understanding progress
through regular monitoring is critical. An exploratory
exercise by the European Commission and UNDRR demonstrated
which global Sendai targets and monitoring indicators
may be directly or indirectly linked to a wealth of EU
legislation including policies and instruments in civil
protection, climate and environment, to infrastructure,
agriculture, security and research.
The participants were from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria,
Czech Republic, France, Germany, Denmark, Estonia,
Greece, Finland, Croatia, Hungary, Ireland, Italy,
Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Malta,
Norway, North Macedonia, Poland, Portugal, Romania,
Spain, Sweden, Slovenia, Slovakia, Serbia, Turkey, and UK.
The meeting also announced that the 2020 European Civil
Protection Forum will take place in Brussels next October,
and the 2021 European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction
(EFDRR) will take place in Portugal (dates to be announced).
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction -
Regional Office for Europe (UNDRR ROE),
Provided by the IKCEST Disaster Risk Reduction Knowledge Service System