The CBRN 46 project to improve the response to NRBC risks in the region has ended. Now the objective is for the results to be maintained in the participating countries
The closing event of the CBRN 46 project has brought together around 70 experts and authorities from Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam in the management of these risks. Through the initiative of the European Union Centres of Excellence (CBRN CoE), the response capacity of the countries of Southeast Asia has been improved in the face of nuclear, radiological, biological and chemical threats.
The final project meeting, funded by the European Union and led by FIIAPP, focused on regional cooperation to maintain the capacities and practices acquired during the project in the participating countries. At the inauguration, the director of the Department of Cooperation of the Laos Ministry of Science and Technology underlined the importance of international cooperation in the response and management of deliberate or accidental risks from NRBC materials.
He also thanked the European Union for its support in this task, through experts who have given different training courses and workshops to develop their skills. Representatives of the EU or the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) also participated in the meeting.
The NRBC 46 project started its activities in 2015, it is managed by FIIAPP in collaboration with FORMIT (Foundation for Technology Migration and Research) and L. SACCO (Fatebenefratelli Sacco Hospital), both of the latter are Italian institutions. For three years, they have enabled experts to work with emergency response and security personnel and Southeast Asian authorities, with the objective of improving awareness and the ability to deal with NRBC risks.
The Centres of Excellence for the mitigation of NRBC risks are an initiative of the European Union, funded through the Instrument for Stability and Peace (IcSP) and managed in coordination with the External Action Service (EEAS). The United Nations Interregional Institute for the Investigation of Crime and Justice (UNICRI) and other relevant organisations collaborate to ensure effective cooperation in this field. The initiative currently includes 60 partner countries from 8 regions around the world