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Enhancement of CBRN capacities of South-East Asia in addressing CBRN risk mitigation concerning CBRN first response, biosafety and biosecurity awareness raising and legal framework

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Cambodia - The first training session for the Cambodian team was held in Phnom Penh for incident commanders

Within the framework of the European Union (EU) Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Centres of Excellence Risk Mitigation Initiative (CBRN CoE), one training session for CBRN incident commanders and experts on capacity building on crisis management for CBRN first responders is held in Phnom Penh, Kingdom of Cambodia from October 17 to 21, 2016. 

The one-week-long training activity, formally opened by Lt. Gen. Ke Da, National Focal Point, has been designed to enhance the inter-agency strategic capability of commanders and decision-makers at a CBRN incident scenario. This training session aims to support the Cambodia CBRN National Team in responding to unintentional events or deliberate incidents involving non-conventional highly hazardous materials implementing a comprehensive approach across first-responders agencies.

Based on the main outcomes of the fac- finding mission performed in Phnom Penh by the CBRN CoE Experts in February 2016, the training programme has been specifically tailored to meet priorities and preferences collected from the local experts of the CBRN National Team and features a special “Train-the-Trainer” character with interactive sessions, table-top exercises and educational modules covering themes of paramaount relevancy for first responders to CBRN events.

Dr. Genoveva Hernandez Uriz, Head of the Political, Press and Information Section of the at the Delegation of the European Union to the Kingdom of Cambodia, underlined in her opening remarks the importance of implementing a trans-disciplinary approach when facing potential risks linked to non-conventional hazardous materials. Gen. Ke Da and Dr. Hernandez Uriz expressed their appreciation to the 25 delegates coming from the Ministry of National Defence, the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry for Agriculture Fishing and Forestry and the National Authority for the Prohibition of CBRN Weapons, for attending the training activity and contributing actively to the technical working sessions.

This training course too is a component of Project 46 “Enhancement of CBRN capacities of South East Asia in addressing CBRN risk mitigation concerning CBRN first response, biosafety and biosecurity, awareness raising and legal framework” and is led by the international experts Dr. Matteo Guidotti, from the Italian National Research Council and Prof. Roberto Mugavero from the University of Rome – Tor Vergata in conjunction with FORMIT, the Italian Foundation for Technology Migration and Research.

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