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WORKSHOP: Climate Change Considerations for Public Safety Organizations

Updated: May 22, 2023


March 1st, 2023


The Secure Communities Forum in partnership with the Joint Environmental Unit of the United Nations has joined forces to develop one of the world's first climate change training courses tailored to first responders and law enforcement. Together, we gathered a team of 23 experts from 12 countries and over 5 different governmental, United Nations, or emergency services organizations to develop the specialized content for this course. The training course will focus on educating emergency services and law enforcement officials and officers on the basics of climate change-related emergencies and how they impact public safety operations. When completed the training module will be available to the public through the Environmental Emergency Centre, website of the United Nations.

Speakers and Contributors

1. Lt. Col. Abdulrahman Al-Tamimi Deputy

Deputy Director of the International Affairs Bureau of the Ministry of Interior

United Arab Emirates

2. Lt.Col Abdulla Ahmed Alsharhan

The Director of Fire and Rescue Affairs Department, GHQ of Civil Defense

United Arab Emirates

3. Maj. Omar Hamad Alali

Head of Shelter Management Department, Abu Dhabi Civil Defense

United Arab Emirates

4. Maj. Hamad Khatir

Director International Operations Department, International Affairs Bureau. Ministry of Interior

United Arab Emirates

5. 1st Lt. Rashed Aleissaee

Head of the Permanent Alliance Section, International Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Interior

United Arab Emirates

6. 1st. Lt Mohammed Musabh Al-Zayudi

Head of the Business Continuity Department, Ministry of Interior

United Arab Emirates

7. Lt. Sultan Al Dahbashi

Head of the Alliance Development Branch, Ministry of Interior

United Arab Emirates

8. Prof. Ahed Al Najjar

EMS Education & Research Manager, National Ambulance

United Arab Emirates

9. Fahd Mohammad Baraba

Sr. Stakeholder Relations Manager National Ambulance

United Arab Emirates

10. Eitan Charnoff

Firefighter, Medic, and Public Safety Advisor to Secure Communities Forum.

United States

11. Christophe Hodder

Climate Security Advisor, UNEP Somalia

United Kingdom

12. Yukiko Yoshida

Humanitarian Affairs Officer, Joint Environmental Unit UN


13. Leif Jonsson

Senior Environmental Advisor in MSB Roster (Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency) Member of Swedish UNDAC team Former chair of Advisory Group on Environment and Emergencies


14. Diego Reyes Gonzalez

Programme Management Officer, Joint Environmental Unit, UN


15. Urs Bloesch

Environmental expert, Adansonia-Consulting, UN


16. Hind Khalil

Consultant, Joint Environment Unit, UN


17. Marie Herman

UN Environmental Program,

United States

18. Sergeant Gema Armero

Environmental Protection Service of Guardia Civil


19. Dr. Detlef Schröder

former Executive Director of CEPOL, Senior Advisor on Security Sector Reform, Police Reform and Capacity Building


20. Peter Van Gorp

Police Commissioner, Turnhout Police Region, Local Police


21. Superintendent Tim De Vos

Deputy Chief of Police Schoten, Belgian Local Police


22. Lorenzo Elia

Director of the National Operation Center, Italian National Fire Corp


23. Piero Stefanelli

Department of Public Security - International Relations Service, Italian State Police



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