A three-day seminar on a National Action Plan to reduce risks-related to Chemical Biological Radiological, Nuclear (CBRN) Materials began yesterday in Monrovia. It runs from Wednesday, May 23 to Friday, May 25, 2018.
The event brought together local and international partners, including CBRN’s experts, officials of government and Security personnel.
The program is funded by the European Union (EU) in collaboration with the Center of Excellence, an Initiative of the EU and the Liberian government.
It is aimed at building the capacity to mitigate risks-related to CBRN materials. It addressed the entire CBRN spectrum from natural disasters involving such materials to prevent man-made incidents, including accidental and negligent releases or hostile use.
EU head of delegation to Liberia, Emma Sunblad, said her office’s concern is not to stir up paranoia (fear), but only to recall the relevance for the populations included in their respective efforts for the prevention and reduction of CABRN-related cases.
She added that one is forced to recognize that prevention is about a problem that has not yet occurred and thus about risks that the population are not necessarily aware of.
She said for the EU, it is seen as key to our initiative as it will allow aligning our support as closely as possible to the needs identified and prioritized by Liberia.
Sunblad emphasized that the initiative is essential for the security and well-being of Liberia and Liberians since having a genuine CBRN policy is a sine qua non-condition for CBRN risks to be significantly prevented and reduced at reasonable cost.
Meanwhile, the National Focal Point for EU-CBRN, Liberia Martin Scott-Tabi, said the organization’s Chemical, Biological Radiological and Nuclear, Center Excellence initiative is a globally recognized and broadly endorsed collaboration tool to engage with partner countries within a specific region and help them build capacity, to mitigate this related to CBRN materials.