Cambodia Launches CBRN National Action Plan

AKP Phnom Penh, The Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) National Action Plan (NAP) of Cambodia was launched here this morning under the presidency of Samdech Pichey Sena Tea Banh, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defence.

H.E. George Edgar, Ambassador of European Union (EU) to Cambodia, also attended the launching ceremony of the CBRN NAP which has been developed with the support of the EU CBRN Risk Mitigation Centres of Excellence (CoE) Initiative.

Mr. Francesco Marelli, Head of CBRN Risk Mitigation and Security Governance Programme of the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), highlighted the fact that Cambodia has now to strengthen the capacity to address CBRN risks.

Cambodian CBRN Action Plan is to articulate a national vision for CBRN risk mitigation and to identify priorities for sustainable capacity building. The Action Plan is designed to make sure that separate efforts are incorporated into one coherent approach that strengthens national capacities for prevention, detection, preparedness and response to CBRN threats.

The CBRN NAP was signed for ratification by Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen on May 22, 2017, as confirmed by the Council of Ministers. This document outlines Cambodia's priorities on CBRN risks and strategic objectives for capacity building. The plan was developed by a group of representatives from relevant ministries and authorities who compose the CBRN National Team under the leadership of the CBRN National Focal Point, Lieutenant-General Ke Da of the National Authority for the Prohibition of CBRN Weapons (NACW).

Cambodia's NAP is based on all-hazards approach that include risks related to criminal acts (CBRN proliferation, theft, sabotage, illicit trafficking and terrorism), accidental events (industrial accidents, waste treatment and transport incidents) and natural events (infectious disease outbreaks and CBRN releases caused by natural hazards).

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press