BRUSSELS, 8 May 2015 – “Disaster management is a key concern of the ASEAN region where natural disasters are a common occurrence,” said ASEAN Deputy Secretary-General Alicia Bala. To help address this concern, high-level ASEAN emergency management representatives visited Paris and Brussels this week, from 2-8 May.

“The visit aims to gather information about the European emergency management set-up and environment in order to identify best practices which can contribute to building a better regional emergency management system for ASEAN,” DSG Bala continued.

Under the theme “EU Emergency Management: Practical insights, Tools and Best Practices from National to Regional Level,” the visit provided opportunity to ASEAN Secretariat, AHA Centre and the Heads of the National ASEAN Disaster Management Organisations to connect with EU representatives at strategic level (EEAS and DG Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection) as well as representatives of European Civil Protection Agencies.

The EU-financed and EUNIDA-implemented ASEAN – EU Emergency Management Programme is supporting ASEAN, AHA Centre as well as the national disaster management organisations of ASEAN in their effort to enhance the resilience and disaster management capacities of the region.

The group visited the EU and French Crisis Centres, OECD, a training centre for fire department personnel outside of Paris, as well as attended the Civil Protection Forum in Brussels which provided networking opportunities with political, technical and private sector actors.
Based on issues raised and lessons learned, the study trip will be complemented by a follow up workshop in Jakarta in June 2015.

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