On 10 September – 12 September a meeting was held in Prague, Czech Republic. It was organized by Swiss OSCE Chairmanship 2014 and the Office of the Coordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities.
Natural disasters severely affect the security and safety of nations and communities. There is a clear need to foster local, national and international capacities for mitigation and prevention, preparedness, forecasting and early warning for, response to, and recovery from natural disasters. Investing in disaster prevention, developing mechanisms for better assistance coordination, raising awareness of the population and increasing the resilience of nations and communities are topics best dealt with in an integrated, holistic approach to disaster risk management. Hence, the OSCE – with its comprehensive, security concept – is a good platform to discuss this theme.
The agenda of the 22nd EEF focused on the impact of the following topics on the comprehensive security of the OSCE area:
– Addressing prevention, preparedness, emergency response and recovery related to environmental challenges
– Promoting partnerships and initiatives covering environment and safety issues for greater preparedness for environmental challenges, in particular by increasing resilience and adaptation to these challenges
– Exchanging good practices relating to preparedness, emergency response and recovery regarding environmental challenges
– Promoting environmental good governance.