Open Partial Agreement on the Prevention of, Protection against and Organization of Relief in Major Natural and Technological Disasters (EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement)

Accord partiel ouvert en matière de prévention, de protection et d'organisation des secours contre les risques naturels et technologiques majeurs (Accord EUR-OPA risques majeurs)

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Created 20 Mar 1987, within the framework of D-XD0435 - Council of Europe (CE), on adoption of Resolution 87 (2) by E-XE8838 - Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, as an intergovernmental platform for cooperation in the field of major natural and technological disasters between Eastern and Central Europe, the South of the Mediterranean and Western Europe. Original title in English: European Open Partial Agreement on Prevention of and Protection Against Major Natural and Technological Disasters (OPA). Agreement named "Open Partial" because any State, whether a member or not of the Council of Europe, may apply to accede to it.


Reinforce and promote cooperation among member states in a multi-disciplinary context to ensure better prevention, protection and organization of relief in the event of major natural or technological disasters by calling on current resources and knowledge to ensure efficient and interdependent management of major disasters.


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GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 13: Climate ActionGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions



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