Plenary Meeting of NATO’s SCEPC in Helsinki on 25 and 26 April 2005
At the meeting, top civil emergency planning officials from the 46 NATO and partner countries discussed and agreed on an Updated Action Plan for the Improvement of Civil Preparedness for possible terrorist attacks with chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons.
This plan encompasses a host of measures to improve the preparedness of individual countries and of NATO as a whole to respond rapidly and effectively to the consequences of terrorist attacks with these weapons.
Some of the specific issues discussed include better disaster response coordination, the protection of critical infrastructure, such as energy and water supplies, and support to victims of a potential attack.
The Senior Civil Emergency Planning Committee is the senior advisory body to the North Atlantic Council on matters concerning protection of the civilian population and the use of civil resources in support of Alliance objectives.
It meets several times a month in permanent session with representatives from Allied and partner delegations at NATO Headquarters and twice a year in plenary session with Heads of civil protection and civil emergency planning organisations from capitals.
The presentations of Mr. Tuomioja, Kobieracki, Salmi and Partanen are on the Publications -pages.