Climate change is only one of many reasons why cooperation in emergency preparedness and response is crucial, if it is between organizations, between communities or across borders. But still, especially when political considerations contradict, the actual cooperation stays very limited. And when cooperation across borders takes place, the cooperation stays often on a more formal level, but is not deep enough, and not well organized enough, to provide for a real difference. If disaster strikes, it reveals just too often that the cooperation did not go into tangible results.The Middle East hosts exiting cooperation models, but at the same time, the region is dependent on more, and deeper cooperation, if it wants to be able to react to the challenges of the future. Political considerations but also lack of resources limit humanitarian actors and emergency services in much-needed cooperation models.This workshop, that will be conducted in a hybrid format, will analyze the success criteria of disaster cooperation, will discuss current existing formats, and look into potential future developments to overcome obstacles. For this, projects and visions of the Middle East will be compared with experiences from other parts of the world.Moderators:Christian Resch, Director, Disaster Competence Network AustriaAlbrecht Beck, Director, Prepared International

The risk landscape for Europe and its neighbors has been subject to significant changes over the recent years. Europe and its neighbors face a wide range of disaster risks, many of which become progressively more prevalent and urgent to tackle.These risks turn more and more often to disasters such as wildfires, floods,earthquakes, storms, heat waves, large-scale medical emergencies and technological accidents that affect increasingly higher numbers of people,infrastructure, properties, cultural heritage and the environment. Climate change further exacerbates the risks and increases the exposure to and the vulnerability of people and assets to damage. At the time of drafting this Call, the pandemic caused by the COVID19 virus is showing our vulnerabilities drastically. The pandemic caused by the COVID19 virus is showing our vulnerabilities drastically.
The majority of disaster risks are cross-border that threaten entire regions and can affectmultiple countries simultaneously. In a world that becomes increasingly interconnected risks also tend to become cross-sectoral touching upon variousthematic disciplines at once. The Middle Eastern region is particularly challenged in numerous ways, therefore the improvement of cooperation between humanitarian and civil protection actors is highly important to efficiently address current and future demands.

Date and Time: 03 05 2022; 11:00 − 12:30 CET Agenda Cooperation on emergency preparedness in the Middle East. Status and future – Ramzi Dhafer, Head of Emergency Preparedness, UN OCHA – Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa Emergency preparedness cooperation – examples from Asia: The strategy of the Asian Preparedness Partnership (APP), Sisira Khunara, Director of Emergency Preparedness, Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (tbc)Best practices in difficult situations: The example of the Professional Dialogue between Jordan-Israel and Palestine: Cooperation alive! – Haya Aled, Project Manager, OCHA JordanPanel discussion: How to establish successful and tangible cooperation? Panelists:Peter Billing: Directorate-General for Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations, European Union, Head of Emergency Management and rescEU, Security and Situational Awareness (ECHO.A.3)Shady Ali, Associate Professor, CairoFrank Bdoh, Deputy-Director, Pan-African Institute Mario Toscano-Rivalta, Head of Office, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Asia-Pacific (tbc)

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