The Crisis and Emergency Management Conference (CEMC) 2016 - Fifth Edition held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Tahnoon bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Advisor, and organised by the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA), concluded today at St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort - Abu Dhabi. The two day event titled ‘Innovative Approaches towards a Safe Nation’ witnessed the participation of a prominent group of local, regional and international experts in the field of emergency, crises and disaster management.


At the close of the conference, the participants thanked His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, Chairman of the Executive Council of Abu Dhabi, for their ongoing support. They also expressed their gratitude to the NCEMA team for successfully organising such an event.

The participants also thanked His Highness Sheikh Tahnoon bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Advisor, for his tireless efforts and thoughtful participation through every stage of the conference and its events.

National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority in its turn, expressed its gratitude and appreciation to all those who participated and contributed to the success of the fifth edition of CEMC, and extended invitation to CEMC Sixth Edition to be held in 2018.

A speech by His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister, was delivered on behalf of H.H by His Excellency Mohammed Faris Al Mazrouei, Assistant Minister for Security and Military Affairs in the presence of H.E. Hussain Al Hammadi, Minister of Education for the UAE.

He said: “It is worth mentioning that crisis and disasters may occur from time to time, and we are not immune from harm and its aftermath, which requires us to speed up our response and professionalism in dealing with it. This is what we see today in the Arab world and the challenges and the risks that may stem from serious and rapid developments touching on national security, whether from terrorist acts or from the ideology of extremist terrorist groups. This requires effective and strategic planning, awareness and broad participation to confront, address and eliminate terrorism, in order to achieve security and stability. The UAE’s efforts in this area are seen through its participation in the international coalition to combat terrorism and strategy of the United Nations to combat terrorism. In addition, the UAE presented the International Center to Countering Violent Extremism (Hedayah) which devoted its efforts for dialogue, training and research to combat violent extremism in all its forms and manifestations. This was in addition to the establishment of "Sawab" Center which provides support for the international coalition against ISIS and cooperates with relevant members, individuals and institutions in the UAE concerned with combating false rumors, messages and misinformation promoted by this extremist group.

“There is no doubt that many countries may be disturbed and security incidents may occur which can affect the safety of the citizens of the United Arab Emirates and put them in danger. Therefore, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation provided TAWAJUDI service for citizens of the state while abroad, to facilitate the process of communication between state missions abroad with citizens who are registered in this service when situations of crisis and emergency occur, in order to evacuate them and coordinate their return to the country safely. This indicates a strong concern to the Government of the United Arab Emirates, represented by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and international cooperation in the preservation of safety and security of the citizens of the United Arab Emirates, wherever they are and wherever they roam.

“The UAE is affected by terrorism as the country is part of the community's international political, economic, social, security and international variables, and under the alternating situations faced by the Arab region and the world, both during crisis and disasters - different in quality, intensity and gravity - which poses a threat to international security and stability. It is necessary to raise a very important point that forms a cornerstone for the success in facing these crises and disasters, which is namely international cooperation. It requires concerted efforts at the regional and international levels, and the reality of the situation proved that the efforts of individuals in the UAE cannot confront crisis alone whatever their potentials were, and here we hope to live up to the required levels of international cooperation to prevent the risk of crisis and disasters, and to reduce their impact as much as possible.”

The panel discussions concluded with a number of strategic recommendations summarised by Nasser Mohammad Humaid Al Yammahi, Director of Media and Public Information at the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority, who is also the director of the organising committee of the conference. Most notable of the recommendations were the following:

  1. Support efforts by countries to spread principles of tolerance and peaceful coexistence, considered one of the best ways to limit the spread of terrorism and extremism.   
  1. Channelise the energies and capabilities of youth into innovation and creativity, thereby reinforcing the role of the private sector.
  1. Leverage the communication technologies and social media to provide early warning and manage crises and emergencies.
  1. Formulate unified policies in the Gulf region to deal with threats and dangers, especially geopolitical ones.
  1. Encourage countries within the region to adopt the Sendai Framework, create a national disaster losses database and to utilize the experiences of the UNISDR.
  1. Adopt a unified media strategy for the GCC that serves as a general framework for all media channels, whether official or private, in addition to the social media.
  1. Establish a global platform that brings together decision makers to discuss emerging global variables, threats and dangers.
  1. Develop and adopt national solution methodologies specifically for the recovery phase and reinforce the role of governments and international organisations.
  1. Support and adopt programs to sustain work in the aviation sector and support it in facing global challenges

The third session of the conference which was presided by Ahmed Al Yamahi, a presenter in Abu Dhabi TV, discussed global changes, causes, consequences and solutions, while H.E Brigadier Dr. Talal Bani Melhim, President of Crisis and Emergency Management Center in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, dicussed the Jordanian experience in dealing with refugee crisis.

Sir Alan Massey, Chief of the UK Coastguard, talked about the structural changes made to British Maritime and Coastguard Agency, and how these changes have resulted in a more efficient and effective system Meanwhile, Mr. Abdullah Al Jaziri, Executive Director of Corporate Governance at Etisalat UAE, discussed the importance of cyber-security and preparedness for the impacts of newer technologies.

The fourth session, which discussed the pivotal role of the media in crisis and disaster management, was presided by Ms Fathima Bu Hindi, from Abu Dhabi Media Corporation. During this session, H.E Ambassador Dr. Haifa Abu Ghazaleh, Assistant Secretary General of the League of Arab States, Head of Media and Communication Sector, talked about the role of media in managing emergencies and crises.

Retired Staff Colonel Dr. Fahed Al Shelaimi, Security and Strategic Expert - Kuwait, highlighted the potential for crisis escalation by negative media, and the possibilities of media-manufactured crises. Greg Webb, Advisor, Media Communications at the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation, provided insights into the handling of Fukushima disaster from a communications perspective.

The fifth session, headed by Mr. Salem Salmen Al Naimi, discussed the challenges and solutions in the recovery phase. During this session Mr. Frode Mauring, UN Resident Coordinator in the UAE, discussed the role of governments and international organisations during the recovery phase, while Mr. Trevor Murphy, Head of Operational Resilience for Etihad Airways, discussed emergency response from an aviation sector perspective. Mr. Julio Sergei, an expert from Risk Reduction Organisation, highlighted the importance of accounting and assessing losses in crisis situations.

Two separate workshops were held in the sidelines of the conference. In the first one, Hameed Khalifa Al-Hajri, Head of Training in Tawazun Safety, Security and Disaster Management City (preparedness), presented the relevance of strategic planning in emergency and crisis management. The second workshop led by Mr. Zuhair Kamel Mohammad Manasir, Retired Staff Brigadier of the National Defense College in Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, focussed on the mechanism to build readiness.


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