GCC Member States gather in Vienna to enhance Emergency Preparedness and Response

Developing national plans in emergency preparedness that are in line with international safety standards and best practices is a priority task of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC). GCC Member States have undertaken significant efforts to establish a coordinated regional emergency preparedness and response capability for nuclear and radiological emergencies.

The development and implementation of national EPR plans is being carried out with the support of the IAEA Technical Cooperation (TC) programme, in the framework of regional cooperation groups.
From 23-25 May, GCC Member States met for their first coordination meeting held at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters in Vienna, Austria.

The regional meeting on Strengthening Capabilities for Radiological and Nuclear Emergency Preparedness and Response in the GCC Member States was held within the framework of the Technical Cooperation (TC) regional project RAS/9/082. Meeting participants assessed the current status of emergency preparedness and response arrangements in Member States in order to develop of plan of action for the RAS/9/082 project.

UAE experts representing the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA) and the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) presented the country’s ongoing efforts in developing the National response plan in emergency preparedness.