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Asean nations review stance on chemical risk mitigation

Experts from Asean member countries and their development partners in the region are meeting in Vientiane to discuss issues relating to the Final Regional Conference under the Framework of Project 46.
Meeting topics have been centred on Asean chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear risk mitigation with participants convinced of the issues’ importance.
The conference is under the framework of Project 46 of the European Union (EU) Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Risk Mitigation Centres of Excellence Initiative (CBRN RMCEI).
The meeting heard that the international community has made great efforts to mitigate the unintended impact of CBRN material.
“As Project 46 has accomplished its 3-year period of activities, it is a great opportunity to have almost all experts and participants, who have played a key role during the implementation of the project, with us to share lessons learnt and experiences which will help to improve future projects.” Director General of the Department of Planning and Cooperation under Lao Ministry of Science and Technology, Dr Khamphet Vongdala told the conference yesterday
He said in this context, the European Union launched the Centres of Excellence Initiative on Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Risk Mitigation around 2010.
The initiative has implemented a range of projects to strengthen the institutional capacity of 60 countries of the world.
The event brings together around 70 CBRN RMCEI experts and decision makers from Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam and includes presentations from representatives from the EU, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Australia.
He also expressed his gratitude to the EU for the financial and technical support provided to date to the South-East Asia region through remarkable experts who have delivered a range of training courses and capability development workshops.
The CBRN CoE Project 46 was initiated in July 2015 and launched with a formal kick-off meeting held in Metro Manila, Philippines, in September of that year.
The project consortium consists of the International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policies based in Madrid, Spain, and Foundation for Technology Migration and Research based in Rome, Italy. 
CBRN Risk Mitigation Centres of Excellence are an initiative of the EU, funded and implemented by the European Commission through its international cooperation instrument contributing to stability and peace in close coordination with the European External Action Service.
The United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) and other relevant international/regional organisations and regional experts provide their capacity to ensure coherent and effective national, regional and international cooperation. The initiative currently involves 60 partner countries across eight regions of the world.


By Phetphoxay Sengpaseuth
(Latest Update
July 4,
2018


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