The Platform Committee is a body established by the Government to coordinate all activities of the Croatian Platform.
Members of the Committee include:
- National Protection and Rescue Directorate (leading national agency for Croatian Platform)
- Ministry of Interior,
- Ministry of Defense,
- Ministry of Environmental and Nature Protection
- Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs,
- Ministry of Economy
- Ministry of Health
- Ministry of Science, Education and Sport,
- Ministry of Sea, Transport and Infrastructure,
- Ministry of Culture,
- Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds
- Ministry of Agriculture
- Ministry of Construction and Physical Planning
- Ministry of Tourism
- Ministry of Social Policy and Youth
- Seismological Survey of the Republic of Croatia
- Meteorological and Hydrological Service, Seismological Service of the Republic of Croatia,
- Croatian Red Cross,
- Croatian Mountain Rescue Service,
- Croatian Firefighting Organization,
- Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts,
- Croatian Waters
At the proposal of the National Protection and Rescue Directorate, in March 2009 the Government of the Republic of Croatia has brought forth a decision on holding a conference on Croatian Platform for disaster risk reduction which is to take place every year under the chairmanship of the Croatian Government’s representatives.
The Decision founded the Croatian Platform Committee under the chairmanship of the Croatian vice prime minister including members from all ministries and other state administration bodies and calling upon representatives of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, large economic entities, public companies non-governmental organizations that deal with protection and rescue, especially Croatian Red Cross, Croatian Mountain Rescue Service, Croatian Firefighting Organization, as well as representatives of religious communities registered in the Republic of Croatia. The National Protection and Rescue Directorate was tasked with the organization and activities between the conferences acting as a secretariat for Croatian Platform.
The Croatian Platform Committee was set up in May 2009 and it defined a program whose goal it is for the National Platform to ensure the participation of all factors of the development of the society. In the year 2010 the Croatian Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction has the same goal and has been working on linking of scientific institutions with all actors included in activities related to disaster risk reduction and disaster response. The Croatian Platform Committee has been holding meetings throughout the year in the same composition and discussions were held on how to make the Croatian Platform as sufficient as it can be to make its goals and to progress.
All participants are since then invited to prepare and submit their papers on the topic of disaster risk reduction every year for annual conferences of the Croatian Platform. After every conference the Platform issues conference proceedings.
The first conference of the Croatian Platform was held on 09 November 2009 with over 180 participants from the state authorities, large economic entities, scientific community (Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts and several colleges and institutions), as well as citizens’ associations and religious communities. The second conference of the Croatian Platform was held on 14 October 2010. The Second Conference had an international component supporting the Platform’s task of strengthening international cooperation. Guests of the conference on its first day were heads of protection and rescue services in the countries of the region (Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia and Macedonia). On the next day, 15 October, participants were addressed by Ms Margareta Wahlström, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, who paid a visit to Croatia owing to the Conference.
On the 4 November 2011, the 3rd Croatian National platform for disaster risk reduction conference was held and more than 150 participants attended the Conference. The fourth Conference, held on 13 December 2012, instructed the Croatian Platform Committee to propose a way of strengthening the jurisdiction and the responsibilities of the Platform, and the possibility of its transformation into a stronger national mechanism that acts as a body responsible for carrying out disaster risk reduction, provides coordination and support to all stakeholders in disaster risk reduction and pushes the implementation of disaster risk reduction into all planning and development documents.
The fifth Croatian National Platform conference will take place outside Zagreb where the aim is to get an opportunity to isolate the participants from their daily tasks and have them actively participate in every discussion as well as produce valuable conclusions and drafted documents as well as generate new ideas and raise awareness.
The Croatian Platform also actively participates in the European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction raising it to the international level where Croatia exchanges experiences with other members on a yearly basis. Croatia co-chaired the Forum in 2011 and chaired it in 2012.