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DG ECHO's Union Civil Protection Knowledge Network aims to strengthen the Union Civil Protection Mechanism brings together civil protection and disaster management actors to work together, collaborate and learn from each other with the objective of strengthening the EU’s overall ability and capacity to deal with disasters. Website

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DRMKC The European Commission Disaster Risk Management Knowledge Centre integrates existing scientific multi-disciplinary knowledge and co-develops innovative solutions for existing needs. Activities of the EC DRMKC support the translation of complex scientific data and analyses into usable information and provides science-based advice for DRM policies.

Amongst others the Social media-driven disaster risk management Task Force ( has been established. The mission of SMDRM Task Force is to identify, understand, and address the challenges for improving adoption of non-traditional social media data for disaster management by taking a collaborative approach between researchers and practitioners in disaster management to co-design solutions.



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EEA The European Environment Agency (EEA) provides sound, independent information on the environment for those involved in developing, adopting, implementing and evaluating environmental policy, and also the general public. Website

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Within the Commission, DG HOME is responsible for the EU’s internal security policy. The aim of EUROPOL (European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation) is to build a safer Europe by fighting terrorism and organised crime, by promoting police cooperation and by preparing to swiftly respond to emerging crises. Website

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EUISS EUISS The European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) is the Union’s agency dealing with the analysis of foreign, security and defence policy issues.Its core mission is to assist the EU and its member states in the implementation of the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), including the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) Website

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Information and Communication Technologies

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ENISA The European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) is the Union's agency dedicated to achieving a high common level of cybersecurity across Europe. ENISA contributes to EU cyber policy, enhances the trustworthiness of ICT products, services and processes with cybersecurity certification schemes, cooperates with Member States and EU bodies, and helps Europe prepare for the cyber challenges of tomorrow. Website

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CIRTS The CSIRTs Network is a network composed of EU Member States’ appointed Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs) and Computer Emergency Response Teams CERT-EU (“CSIRTs Network members”). The European Commission participates in the network as an observer. CSIRTs are usually services responsible for receiving, reviewing and responding to computer security incident reports and activities. CERTs are usually working with the internet community to facilitate its response to computer security events involving different hosts, to take proactive steps to bring community’s awareness of computer security issues and to evaluate the research that targets improving the security of existing systems. Website
Major Cities of Europe

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The mission is to support local governments in sharing experiences, solutions and strategies in the use of information and communication technologies and leading edge innovation in the administration of local governments and in the development of new services for the well-being and the wealth of their constituents and for the local economy. Website


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UCLG UCLG (United Cities of Local Governments), is a global network of cities and local, regional, and metropolitan governments and their associations, is committed to representing, defending, and amplifying the voices of local and regional governments to leave no-one and no place behind Website

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MCR 2030 The ultimate goal of MCR2030 is to ensure cities become inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable by 2030, contributing directly to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 11 and other global frameworks including the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Paris Agreement and the New Urban Agenda.

Specifically, MCR2030 aims to have: an increasing number of cities committed to reducing local disaster/climate risk and building resilience, with an increasing number of cities demonstrably improving their sustainability through implementing disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and/or resilience plans and taking actions to enhance their understanding of localized and systemic risks. an increasing number of partnerships focused on resilience, globally and regionally, bringing synergized collaboration and support to cities along the resilience roadmap.


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Resilience Cities Network The Resilient Cities Network consists of member cities and Chief Resilience Officers from the 100 Resilient Cities program, sharing a common lens for holistic urban resilience and with thousands of projects in implementation.

100 Resilient Cities (100RC) was pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation in 2013, as part of its Global Centennial Initiative. In over five years of deep engagement with city leaders, communities, and the private sector, this dynamic network enabled transformational change in cities through support of resilience plans and early implementation of projects.


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CDRI The Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) is a partnership of national governments, UN agencies and programmes, multilateral development banks and financing mechanisms, the private sector, and knowledge institutions that aims to promote the resilience of new and existing infrastructure systems to climate and disaster risks in support of sustainable development.

Understanding and measuring disaster risk to infrastructure systems is instrumental in designing resilience plans. CDRI will work to identify the biggest risks arising from natural hazards, assess the potential impacts and design resilience plans to mitigate risk across infrastructure sectors. It will carry out sector specific as well as national risk and resilience assessments across geographies.


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The Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) represents the interests of Europe's local and regional governments and their associations in more than 40 countries. It promotes citizenship and exchange between elected representatives. Website

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CoE In the Council of Europe 46 countries working together to promote human rights, democracy and the rule of law. The Council of Europe is an entirely separate body from the European Union. It is not controlled by it. Website

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CoR The European Committee of Regions is the EU's assembly of regional and local representatives coming from the EU Member States who advise the European institutions on laws that affect EU cities and regions. Website

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