Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief
According to the World Economic Forum, the world is now faced with more natural disasters, which last longer and impact more people, than ten years ago. Climate change, population growth and urbanisation are contributing to an increase in both the number and severity of disasters, with the Asia Pacific region particularly badly hit.
Asia-Pacific nations experience more natural disasters than any other region. Between 2014 and 2017, nations in this region were affected by 55 earthquakes, 217 storms and cyclones, and 236 cases of severe flooding, impacting 650 million people and causing the deaths of 33,000 people.
The logistical capacity needed to respond to these events can easily exceed the resources of any one government or agency. The Australian Defence Force has a distinguished history of supporting civil emergency response agencies and NGO humanitarian aid agencies in reacting to regional disasters.
Critical Infrastructure Protection and Cyber Resilience
“Critical infrastructure underpins the functioning of Australia’s society and economy and is integral to the prosperity of the nation. It enables the provision of essential services such as food, water, medical care, energy, communications, transportation and banking.
Secure and resilient infrastructure supports productivity and helps to drive the business activity that underpins economic growth. The availability of reliable critical infrastructure promotes market confidence and economic stability, and increases the attractiveness of Australia as a place to invest.
CIVSEC 2020 will be a platform for discussion by owners, operators and contributors to national critical infrastructure and their supply chain partners.