On September 16-17, 2020, NISS experts participated in an international virtual workshop focused on National Risk Assessment Practices. It was organized by the United States Institute for Security Governance/ Civil-Military Emergency Preparedness (CMEP) program in close cooperation with the Government Office for Coordination of European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine for the members of the Interagency Working Group on building resilience in Ukraine.
Dr. Oleksandr Lytvynenko, Director of the Institute, made an opening remark, drawing attention to the current threats to Ukraine's national security identified in the new National Security Strategy of Ukraine and their impact on the state and society.
Dr. Olga Reznikova, head of the Strategic Planning Research Department of the NISS's Security Research Center, made a report presenting the results of the Institute's research on world best practices in risk assessment and proposals for the formation of an appropriate system in Ukraine (ukr).
In particular, the presented report states that the national risk and threat assessment system should become an important component of strategic planning and national security and resilience system. Also, the following issues were considered: the establishment of an integrated risk and threat assessment cycle and specifics of the relevant methodology, important aspects to be taken into account in the development and implementation of appropriate systems, features of coordination and interaction of participants in such activities, the situation in this area and problems to be addressed in Ukraine. The concept of a threat assessment system in Ukraine and the organizational and regulatory framework, developed by the specialists of the Institute, were also presented.
Ukrainian public authorities’ representatives, as well as chief consultants of the Strategic Planning Research Department of the NISS's Security Research Center Kostyantyn Voytovsky and Andriy Lepikhov took part in the workshop discussion.
Selected aspects of risk assessment in various countries were discussed during the second day of the seminar. The following issues were discussed within the separate subgroups:
- How risks are generally assessed and managed in different organizations? What are the main risks and threats to the country?
- What priority risks, threats and hazards should be considered in the process of national risk assessment in Ukraine?
- What should the processes and results of the functioning of the national risk assessment system in Ukraine look like?
- Who should participate in the national risk assessment? Who should play the coordinating role?
- What practices of national risk assessment should be taken into account in the Concept of a national resilience?
The organizers and participants of the workshop noted the high quality of the Institute's work on reforms in the field of national security, in particular the development of a national resilience system.