Floods. Wildfires. Pandemics... Is it time to call in the troops?

Date: 23 November 2021

Type: Online

Organiser(s): The Foundation for Global Governance and Sustainability (FOGGS)

Event webpage: You tube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVLgXFF69HY&t=83s

Description: In the context of The M4CE Project, the Foundation for Global Governance and Sustainability (FOGGS) hosted an online discussion on the role of the "Militaries in responding to Civilian Emergencies (M4CE)", on Tuesday, 23 November 2021.

At FOGGS we appreciate the role that military personnel and equipment can play and have already been playing in areas struck by calamities ranging from pandemics, like the current COVID-19 one, to floods, wildfires, hurricanes, earthquakes, industrial accidents, and oil spills. We believe that this role has to be highlighted for policymakers and the public and can be further improved on the basis of best practices that need to be collected and shared broadly.

Invited experts from various countries and organisations discussed questions related to the legal framework and modalities of civilian-military cooperation in responding to non-military emergencies, command and control issues, budgets and training, cross-border support and coordination, among other things.

Support for The M4CE Project has been provided by the NATO Public Diplomacy Division. For more information on The M4CE Project, please visit our website: https://www.foggs.org/the-m4ce-project/

Related Action(s): 

The M4CE Project: Militaries for Civil(ian) Emergencies Project

Related Publication(s):

Use of Military Resources to Address Natural and Human-made Disasters

Interview with Mr Alfonso Lozano Basanta | The M4CE Project

 Interview with Dr. Nora Bensahel | The M4CE Project 

Interview with Mr. David Burke | The M4CE Project 

Interview with Mr. Craig Fugate | The M4CE Project 

Interview with Mr. Josef Reiterer | The M4CE Project 

Interview with Mr. Nikos Votsios |The M4CE Project 

TOPICS / Subjects: 

  • Adaptation
  • Mitigation
  • Resilience
  • Vulnerability   
  • Best Practices / Lessons Learned
  • Civil Military Cooperation
  • Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR)
  • International Mechanisms