The Global Crisis Centre Network (GCCN) tested the revised Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for its activation as part of the INSARAG Asia-Pacific regional simulation exercise which took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 11-13 September. The objective of the exercise was to test the role of the affected country’s National Disaster Management Organization as well as that of the Regional Organization (ASEAN/AHA Centre) and OCHA’s Regional Office (ROAP), as co-chairs of the GCCN coordination process.

Some of the recommendations from the exercise participants include the need to incorporate the participation of the affected country’s disaster management authorities as co-chairs of the GCCN coordination process as standard practice, and to develop a glossary of acronyms and abbreviations to ensure better communication across different partners.

The GCCN activation procedures are currently being tested as part of a NATO/EADRCC exercise in Bosnia, from 24-28 September. The purpose of this simulation is to introduce the GCCN concept to new actors and further develop regional coordination issues, including the role of regional organizations and the affected countries, building on the recommendations made at the exercise in Malaysia.