UNECE/OECD Seminar on effective management of technological risks of accidents triggered by natural hazards

Organizer(s) United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development


From 12:00 – 13:00 CET and 15:00 – 17:30 CET


UNECE and OECD are organizing a joint Seminar on effective management of technological risks of accidents triggered by natural hazards (Natech) on 29 November 2022, from 12:00 – 13:00 CET and 15:00 – 17:30 CET. The Seminar will be a hybrid meeting held in Geneva and online (via Zoom) with English, French and Russian interpretation. The seminar is organized as part of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UNECE Industrial Accidents Convention, co-organized with the Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection (DSB) (CoP-12, Geneva and online, 29 November-1 December 2022).

The Seminar will provide an opportunity to exchange information and share experience and practices regarding Natech risk management, and inspire further action to prevent, prepare for and respond to Natech accidents nationally and in a transboundary context. In particular, the seminar will aim to convey the need for increased understanding of Natech risks, paving the way for action and adequate policy responses. In this regard, the seminar aims to support to UNECE and OECD member States in their efforts to implement the UNECE Industrial Accidents Convention and the OECD Guiding Principles for Chemical Accident Prevention, Preparedness and Response.

Moreover, the Conference of the Parties will be invited to adopt a decision on Natech risk management in the UNECE region and beyond right after the seminar concludes, setting out specific actions by Parties to strengthen Natech risk management. 

Further information, including the draft agenda, the draft decision and the background document, can be found on the seminar webpage: If interested, please click on the following link to register for the Seminar, by 21 November 2022: Given the limited capacity of the meeting room, participants are strongly encouraged to join remotely. Questions on registration can be sent to

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