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European Commission and UNDP to develop a regional Crisis Response Centre at the League of Arab States

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league_arab_statesThe European Commission has signed an agreement with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to set up a regional Crisis Response Centre and Early Warning System at the League of Arab States. The Centre aims strengthening the capacities of the Arab region in crisis prevention and response through enhanced cooperation between the Secretariat General of the League of Arab States (SGLAS), the European Commission (EC) and the UNDP.

The Centre will be established at the Secretariat of the League of Arab States (LAS) in Cairo. The European Commission (EC) is providing Euro 1,925,190 for this initiative, which will be implemented during 2011-2012.


MIC activities for the Pakistan Floods

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Current situation (31st August 2010)

  • The EUCP team, which arrived in Pakistan on 20 August, has had first coordination meetings with ECHO colleagues and OCHA UNDAC team. Meetings with UN, IFRC, logistic cluster and main NGOs are scheduled.
  • The 150 tents from AT arrived in Sukkur and were handed over to the local NDMA representative. The AT water purification tablets were also distributed in the Sukkur province.
  • The German Department of Defense will donate to Pakistan 50 Generator Sets and 3 Rubberized Collapsible Water Tanks. They are expected to arrive in Pakistan on 25 August via NATO.
  • Sweden is mobilising Water and purification Relief teams consisting of 10 small water purification units, 2 water treatment plants and a technical staff.
  • North of Pakistan is the most affected area; new floods are largely involving also central and southern provinces.
  • The latest figures show 1.491 dead people and 15,402,090 affected.
  • Priority need is for food, shelter, health and wash.
  • The financial assistance from the Commission and the EU member States reached more than 200 million EUR.

Latest DG ECHO Situation Report (SitRep)


EC launches a study on emergency services in the Mediterranean Partner Countries

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logo_ukThe European Commission has recently launched a study on the "Access to emergency services in the Mediterranean Partner Countries and the use of the single European emergency call number 112". The study aims to assess safety solutions available to citizens travelling, living and working in the Mediterranean area. Results will be shared with the Civil Protection Authorities of the Partner Countries in view to discussing possibilities to improve the access and the organization of emergency services in the region.

In case of emergency it is important to react quickly. Fixed and mobile telephones are the best means to rapidly access emergency services, yet it is necessary to know the local emergency call number. At present Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, occupied Palestinian Territory, Syria and Tunisia use different emergency call numbers. This could expose foreign visitors travelling in these countries to a risk of delay in calling the emergency services.

112 is the single emergency telephone number for the European Union. It was established 1991 and all EU member states have reported in 2010 that the 112 is now in use. European citizens in distress situations are able to call the 112 and get through to the emergency services in all Member States. Thus, anyone travelling within the Union has to remember only one number and this guarantees a quicker and more efficient intervention.

Today the number 112 is widely used across the Mediterranean region both in the EU, in some candidate countries (such as Croatia, Turkey), as part of their approximation to the EU acquis and in a few Mediterranean Partners.

112_summer_Page_1_resExpanding the access to 112 to the entire region could provide citizens and visitors with increased safety in emergency situations and could be beneficial to South-South as well as to North-South exchanges.

In the EU, the single European emergency call number '112' is not intended to replace the national numbers. Some Member States have introduced 112 as their main emergency number, while in most others 112 operates alongside other national emergency numbers. Each Member State is responsible for the organisation of its own emergency services and the response to 112 and national emergency calls. People calling 112 are connected to an operator. Depending of the organisation of the national civil protection system, the operator will either deal with the request directly, or transfer it to the appropriate emergency service (police, ambulance, etc.). In many cases, operators are able to answer in more than one language.

Links: The 112 emergency number website


MItigate and Assess risk from Volcanic Impact on Terrain and human Activities – MIAVITA

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logo_miavitaThe MIAVITA project is financed by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development. It is managed by a consortium lead by the French Geological Survey – BRGM - and involving Italian, French, Spanish, Norwegian, German, British and Portuguese technical and scientific institutions along with international cooperation partners from Cape Verde, Philippines, Indonesia and Cameroon (ICPCs).
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