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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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Manila, 8 Sept. 2015 - The project official kick-off meeting was held in Manila, at the presence of representatives from the participating Countries, the European Union, UNICRI and project implementers


Tuesday 8th September saw the launch of a new Centres of Excellence Project at the Holiday Inn, Ayala Center, Makati, Metro Manila. Project 46 is aimed at the 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.

Project 46 is a three-year project in the South-East Asia region, funded by the European Union through its Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace and implemented by Fundación Internacional y para Iberoamérica de Administración y Políticas Públicas (FIIAPP), a Spanish Governmental Organisation together with implementing partners FORMIT, an Italian non-profit organisation specialising in Security, Technology and innovation, and L'Sacco University Hospital, an Italian teaching hospital specialising in Clinical Microbiology, Virology and Bio-Emergencies.

Project 46 aims to enhance the capabilities of countries in the South-East Asia Region to respond to incidents involving CBRN materials. These incidents can range from deliberate terrorist or criminal use of such materials, to the accidental release of such materials due to human error or natural factors.

Project 46 seeks to train first responders, incident commanders and specialist teams in how to respond effectively to such incidents in a cooperative and coordinated manner. The project also envisages assisting countries in the region to review and evaluate their laboratory capabilities, safety procedures and waste management processes, particularly related to bio-hazardous material. The project aims further to raise awareness of the issues associated with CBRN incidents through a series of workshops and conferences in the region, as well as assisting countries to review and evaluate their legislative provisions related to CBRN issues.

The meeting on 8th September was attended by national experts on CBRN issues from countries within the South-East Asia Region, as well as by experts from a number of European organisations. Mr. Nigel Tottie, Project Team Leader for FIIAPP, stated that "this project presents a fantastic opportunity for our European experts to work with colleagues from across the South-East Asia region to enhance the region’s capabilities to plan for, and respond to CBRN incidents, manage biological hazards and raise awareness of many of the issues associated with CBRN materials. I look forward to a very successful three years."

 

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