For the first time in the Gulf Region: Opening of the Regional Secretariat of the Chemical, Biological Radiological and Nuclear Centres of Excellence Initiative in Abu Dhabi
EU CBRN Risk Mitigation CoE Initiative

Abu Dhabi, 11 June 2014.

Funded by the European Union

Within the framework of the European Union Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Centres of Excellence (CoE) Risk Mitigation Initiative, representatives of the Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the European Union (EU) and the United Nations as well as several regional partners and EU Member States will convene on 18 June 2014 in Abu Dhabi for the Official Inauguration of the EU CBRN CoE Regional Secretariat in the Gulf Cooperation Countries (GCC).

The UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, His Highness Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan; the Deputy Secretary-General of the European External Action Service (EEAS), Mr. Maciej Popowski; and the Director of the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), Dr. Jonathan Lucas, will inaugurate the Secretariat.

The EU CBRN CoE is a worldwide EU initiative jointly implemented by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) and UNICRI. The Initiative aims to mitigate CBRN risks of criminal, accidental or natural origin by promoting a coherent policy, improving coordination and preparedness at national and regional levels and by offering a comprehensive approach covering legal, scientific, enforcement and technical issues. The Initiative promotes a regional culture of safety and security by increasing local ownership, local expertise and long-term sustainability. It mobilizes national, regional and international resources to develop a coherent CBRN policy at all levels, thereby aiming to ensure an effective response.

The Initiative involves more than 45 countries and has been launched in 8 different regions of the world, namely: African Atlantic Façade; Central Asia; Eastern and Central Africa; Gulf Cooperation Council Countries; Middle East; North Africa; South East Asia; South East Europe, Southern Caucasus, Moldova and Ukraine. Each of these regions will soon have fully operational Secretariats. The Regional Secretariats ensure cooperation and coordination with partner countries and are responsible for supporting them by identifying needs, preparing regional project proposals, developing national action plans and implementing tailored projects to address those needs.

As a result of the on-going activities of the EU CBRN CoE initiative, 40 national, regional and international projects were launched in 2013-2014. Additionally, needs assessments are being carried out in various countries.

The overall objectives of the Secretariat in the GCC are to develop comprehensive cross-border cooperation between countries (Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Sultanate of Oman, the United Arab Emirates), to establish an inter-agency structure for coordination, as well as to support the development and implementation of a CBRN incident response strategy throughout the region. The Secretariat will address regional needs by improving the existing CBRN emergency response capacity and provide training in prevention, preparedness and response.

Background information
The initiative is implemented and funded by the European Commission in cooperation with the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI). The European External Action Service (EEAS) is also involved in the follow-up of the initiative. The initiative is developed with the technical support of relevant International and Regional Organisations, the EU Member States and other stakeholders, through coherent and effective cooperation at the national, regional and international level.


For further information please visit:

CBRN Centres of Excellence website:

European Commission, Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace website:



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