World Civil Defence Day


Message from the ICDO Secretary-General on the occasion of the World Civil Defence Day 2015 (ENG + FR + AR)

Message from the ICDO Secretary-General for the WCDD in the International 'Diva' Magazine

Congratulations letters for the WCDD

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World Civil Defence Day, created by decision of the ICDO General Assembly in 1990, is celebrated every year on the 1st of March. This Day commemorates the entry into force of the ICDO Constitution as an intergovernmental organisation in 1972 and has two main purposes:

  • that of bringing to the attention of the world public the vital importance of Civil Protection and of raising awareness of the preparedness for, and prevention and self-protection measures in the event of accidents or disasters;
  • that of paying tribute to the efforts, sacrifices and accomplishments of all the national services responsible for the fight against disasters.

The World Days are an occasion for a variety of national events: colloquies, conferences, radio and television debates, open days, disaster prevention and simulation exercises. They also provide an opportunity to take stock of the development of civil protection structures and of the technical means and equipment currently available.

The topics of the previous World Civil Defence Days were as follows:


WCDD Media and Links


Information & Curiosities

  1. 01

    ICDO members

  2. 02

    ICDO events

  3. 03

    Impact by disasters

  4. 04

    The economic and human impact of disasters

  5. 05

    Training of senior officials

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