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Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Risk Mitigation

Cambodia: Multi-agency exercise demonstrates Cambodia’s capacity to respond to CBRN attacks during 2023 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games

Success Story, Southeast Asia Regional Secretariat

2023 Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) Opening Ceremony
2023 SEA Games ceremony at Morodok Techo National Stadium, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Description and contribution of the EU CBRN CoE

Over a period of six months, EU CBRN CoE Project 62*, with the support of Slovakia’s International Security and Emergency Management Institute (ISEMI), worked hand-in-hand with partners in Cambodia to help the country be better prepared to respond to potential CBRN attacks during the country’s hosting of the 2023 SEA Games.

Results and impact

The cooperation resulted in the formulation of national CBRN response plans and standard operating procedures, and provided hands-on training, culminating in a multi-agency exercise that showcased Cambodia’s CBRN Response Team’s enhanced capacity to rapidly identify and respond to a potential CBRN attack at the national stadium.

Key lessons learned

The achievement demonstrated how ad hoc, tailored support can be mobilized to address urgent security challenges in EU CBRN CoE Partner Countries, as well as the capacity of multi-agency training to establish cohesive CBRN response procedures and practices.


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 * Project 062: On-site Technical Support to the EU CBRN Centre of Excellence (CoE), Regional Secretariat in Manila.