Risk governance

Governance of Critical Infrastructure



Good Governance for Critical Infrastructure Resilience

Critical infrastructures are the backbone of modern, interconnected economies. The disruption of key systems and essential services - such as telecommunications, energy or water supply, transportation or finance - can cause substantial economic damage. This report looks at how to boost critical infrastructure resilience in a dynamic risk landscape, and discusses policy options and governance models to promote up-front resilience investments. Based on an international survey, the report analyses the progressive shift of critical infrastructure policies from asset protection to system resilience. The findings are reflected in a proposed Policy Toolkit for the Governance of Critical Infrastructure Resilience, which can guide governments in taking a more coherent, preventive approach to protecting and sustaining essential services.
Published on 17 April 2019

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System Thinking for Critical Infrastructure Resilience and Security - OECD/ JRC Workshop

This joint workshop, organised by the OECD High-Level Risk Forum and the European Commission Joint Research Centre, invites experts from the policy community, infrastructure operators, and academia to exchange on how best to apply system-thinking to strengthen critical infrastructure resilience. From natural hazards to cyber-attacks, terrorism and hybrid threats, the changing risk landscape requires holistic systems approaches for boosting the resilience of these interconnected networks.

24-25 September 2018

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Towards an All-Hazards Approach to Emergency Preparedness and Response

Lessons Learnt from Non-Nuclear Events

The field of emergency management is broad, complex and dynamic. In the post-Fukushima context, emergency preparedness and response (EPR) in the nuclear sector is more than ever being seen as part of a broader framework. The OECD has recommended that its members “establish and promote a comprehensive, allhazards and transboundary approach to country risk governance to serve as the foundation for enhancing national resilience and responsiveness”. In order to achieve such an all-hazards approach to emergency management, a major step in the process will be to consider experiences from the emergency management of hazards emanating from a variety of sectors.

The NEA Working Party on Nuclear Emergency Matters (WPNEM) joined forces with the OECD Working Group on Chemical Accidents (WGCA), the OECD Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate’s High-Level Risk Forum (HLRF) and the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) to collaborate on this report, which demonstrates similarities between emergency planning and preparedness across sectors, and identifies lessons learnt and good practices in diverse areas for the benefit of the international community. A set of expert contributions, enriched with a broad range of national experiences, are presented in the report to take into account expertise gathered from the emergency management of hazards other than those emanating from the nuclear sector in an effort to support and foster an all-hazards approach to EPR.

Published on 24 January 2018

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