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Civil Protection Forum, Brussels 28-29 June

28 and 29 June, the 7th edition of the Civil Protection Forum was organised by the European Commission. It was the first forum after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Under the overarching theme “Towards faster, greener & smarter emergency management”, the Forum tackled 4 policy axes:

STRENGHTEN CLIMATE RESILIENCE - Preparing for extreme weather events

PROTECT OUR CITIZENS - Adapting to new risks

EUROPE IN THE WORLD - Reaching beyond geographical boundaries


With disasters and natural hazards becoming more frequent and severe, a group of experts and policymakers will come together to discuss and find ways to strengthen civil protection cooperation and response.

June 27, the PPRD East 3 team met with National Programme Chairs, National Focal Points and other representatives from our Partner Countries, all gathered in Brussels for the first European Civil Protection Forum in four years. The focus of the morning session was to discuss the long term strategy of the programme and the sustainability of programme results.

PPRD East 3 also participated in the warm-up session “Europe in the World: The Union Civil Protection Mechanism (UCPM) as a regional cooperation model”, where our Team Leader Peter Glerum was a panelist in the interactive session, where the audience could react on the proposals and the main priorities presented.

June 28, Davide Miozzo, Deputy Team Leader and Early Warning expert spoke in the session Europe in the world: UCPM as a model for Regional Cooperation.

”The DRM Community tends to place lots of efforts in finding solutions to future catastrophic events, by doing so we sometimes loose the overall perspective and forget that some of our European neighbours have already found some of the answers. One of the merits of the UCPM is that it consistently supports us in developing networks and reliable partnerships that facilitate this circulation of expertise”, Mr Miozzo said after the event.

We were also happy to meet visitors and partners at the PPRD East 3 stand where we had the opportunity to discuss programme objectives and sustainability of programme results, as well as to exchange experience.

From the Warm up session, Peter talking From the stand, visitors watching a screen
Family photo of all partners and experts  
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We are testing the capacities of civil protection systems, learning from the past and preparing for future events.

Follow the link to watch how we have adapted the method for Table top Exercises in order to fulfill our commitment to the programme, despite of COVID-19 restrictions.

Practical Guidelines for integrating gender, human rights and environmental issues in Disaster Risk Management

Practical Guidelines for integrating gender, human rights and environmental issues in Disaster Risk Management

The Guidelines build upon global standards and best practices and present practical advice on how to integrate gender, human rights and environment into nine thematic areas of the programme. Examples of thematic areas include, training and exercises, Multi-Risk Assessments, Early Warning Systems, Public awareness, volunteerism and Host Nation Support. The document has been produced in collaboration with the PPRD East 3 programme experts and partner countries’ organisations to enhance the quality and relevance of the guidance. The Guidelines was produced as an interactive online resource and is available in English and Russian.

Read the document in english
Read the document in russian