The 13th Conference on Civil Protection (Samfunnssikkerhetskonferansen 2016) was held at the University of Stavanger (UiS) on Wednesday, 6 January.
Samfunnssikkerhetskonferansen is jointly organized by the County Governor of Rogaland, the University of Stavanger, Stavanger University Hospital, the Rogaland Police District and NATO's Joint Warfare Centre (JWC).
This year's conference was attended by nearly 350 participants including top executives and officials from local administrations and police, key researches and academicians, government agencies, civil society organizations and the media.
Overall, Samfunnssikkerhetskonferansen 2016 centered on the societal security and current threats assessment, risk and vulnerability analysis and complex crisis management matters. It also explored the question: "Is the Norwegian Outlook on Security in line with the Challenges on the Future?"
The opening speech was delivered by the Principal of the University of Stavanger, Ms Marit Boyesen. One of the keynote speeches of the conference was delivered by German Army Major General Reinhard Wolski, Commander JWC. During his presentation, Major General Wolski highlighted JWC's mission as NATO's premier collective training facility at the operational level and explored topics such as "NATO in the Security Framework", "From Wales to Warsaw: Developments in NATO", and some of the flagship initiatives such as the NATO Readiness Action Plan.
Major General Reinhard Wolski, Commander JWC
"In an uncertain security environment NATO is indispensable. We are bound together by shared democratic values and we endeavor to reflect these in all what we do. Together, Allies generate a greater security and deterrence than could be achieved separately, which represents excellent value for our nations' investment," Major General Wolski said.
Other keynote speakers and topics at the conference included Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council and Honorary Professor at the University of Stavanger, Mr Jan Egeland (Impact of the Syria War on the Middle East and Europe); Former Ambassador to Moscow and Kiev, Mr Oyvind Nordsletten (Heading Towards a New Cold War? The Change in Security Politics); Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI) Professor Janne Hagen (Information Warfare, Challenges and Emergency Planning); Centre for Risk Management and Societal Safety (SEROS)/University of Stavanger Assistant Professor Ruth Ostgaard Skotnes (Risk Perception and Awareness --- Challenges to Safety Management of Information and Communications Technology Systems within Power Supply); SEROS/University of Stavanger Professor Ole Andreas H. Engen (The Nordic Model and the International Context: Is there a Nordic Model for Risk Control and Societal Safety?) and the Municipality of Kristiansand Crime Prevention Coordinator and Emergency Planning Manager, Mr Sigurd Paulsen (Radicalization and Violent Extremism on the Municipal Level), amongst others.
The closing remarks were given by the County Governor Ms Magnhild Meltveit Kleppa.
To read more about the event (in Norwegian) please click here.