On-line CMDR COE Conference 2020Date: (15-05-2020)
Adapting to the requirements of а global pandemic, the CMDR COE leveraged on modern technology to transfer its annual Conference on Interagency Interaction in Crisis Management and Disaster Response to an online environment enabling a constructive social interaction on “The implications of COVID-19 pandemic on security”. This was the first time the CMDR COE organised and conducted a live online event, moreover - a Conference, which necessitated quick routine rearrangements and flexibility.
As with its resident annual iterations, the aim of the online Conference was to provide a wide platform for information and knowledge exchange within the CMDR COE’s community of interest.
The Conference, jointly organised with the NATO MILMED COE, took place on 14 May 2020 and examined COVID-19 from multiple (military and civilian) perspectives (medical, economic, political, and social, including gender) and disciplines to ensure that a comprehensive and inclusive knowledge of impacts is generated and shared among participants. The larger goal of the Conference was to contribute to a scientific data-and knowledge-based approach to the pandemic, which to inform and strengthen future planning and decision-making for collective recovery efforts.
Some of the topics addressed by participants from BGR, HUN, USA, POL, GRE, JOR, ITA, NED include national examples (Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Jordan and Poland) on virus containment measures; COVID-19 facts & myths, impacts on future missions and on security assistance; NATO HQ COVID-19 analysis and EADRCCs role; implications and opportunities in Emergency Preparedness Cooperation; economic impacts; psychological impacts; COVID-19 from a gender perspective, and education and training solutions during a pandemic.
The Conference, live-streamed on YouTube and Facebook, was followed by more than 1000 people from NATO allied and partner Nations with an average watch time of 1 h and 15 minutes.
The complete package of presentations will soon be published on the CMDR COE official webpage.
Video recordings is available on the CMDR COE YouTube channel at:" target="_blank">
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