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Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Risk Mitigation

PROJECT 096: Strengthening the CBRN Centre of Excellence Regional Secretariat for the Gulf Cooperation Council Region


International cooperation is essential in countering CBRN agents and materials, which know no boundaries. The EU CBRN CoE brings together 64 countries that cooperate at a regional and international level to strengthen CBRN risk mitigation and to promote a global culture of safety and security.

The CoE network supports the mitigation of and preparedness against CBRN risks by fostering good governance in the domain, enhancing regional and international multi-agency cooperation, and facilitating the transfer of best practices, among others. The bottom-up and demand-oriented nature of the activities carried out within the network, ensure that the support provided is sustainably tailored to countries’ and regions’ needs. Together, the CoE network members advance towards the shared goal of making the world a safer place.

Overall objective

To strengthen the Abu Dhabi EU CBRN CoE Regional Secretariat and the CoE Initiative in the Gulf Cooperation Countries (GCC) region and neighbouring countries to ensure the provision of technical assistance and the smooth running of the activities of the Regional Secretariat, as well as to facilitate the coordination of local stakeholders and information sharing, and to cooperate with the implementing bodies. 

Specific objectives

  1. To promote the effective operations of the Regional Secretariat for the GCC in Abu Dhabi;
  2. To help coordinate and implement activities by providing National Focal Points, National Teams, and other local/regional actors with needed technical assistance;
  3. To enhance coordination with and between local and regional stakeholders, as well as with implementing bodies and the European Union in the field of CBRN risk mitigation for the countries mentioned in Article 4.1.


  1. Support the preparation of at least two roundtable meeting per year or a CoE regional event is organized in the Region;
  2. Assist the managing, coordinating and supervising of events and activities in the Abu Dhabi Regional Secretariat;
  3. Provide ad-hoc short-term trainings upon request.

Achievements (expected)

  • Enhance and strengthen cooperation with and between National Focal Points and National Teams, including the provision of sufficient support;
  • Provide support for identifying CBRN needs and risk assessments;
  • Holding or assisting in workshops to develop national and regional CBRN action plans;
  • Support the drafting and development of project proposals in line with country priorities.
CBRN areas
  • Bio-safety/bio-security
  • Border control and monitoring
  • Crisis management
  • Denying support for misuse and terrorism
  • First response
  • Illicit trafficking
  • Import/export control
  • Investigation and prosecution
  • Legal framework
  • Post incident recovery
  • Protection of material/facilities
  • Public and infrastructure protection
  • Public health impact mitigation
  • Safeguarding information diffusion
  • Safety and security
  • Transit and trans-shipment control
  • Waste management
CBRN categories
  • Chemical
  • Biological
  • Radiological
  • Nuclear
CoE Region
  • GCC - Gulf Cooperation Council Countries
12 JUNE 2023
Project 096 Factsheet



United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute


This project is part of a pre-existing EU activity in the regions and has not resulted from the submission of a CoE project proposal. Due to the different origin of the project, not all countries involved are CoE partner countries.

** This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.

*** This designation shall not be construed as recognition of a State of Palestine and is without prejudice to the individual positions of the Member States on this issue.