The ‘1st Major Event Safety and Security Conference’ organized by the Security Committee of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy in association with INTERPOL winded up today, Wednesday, 8/11/2017 in Doha. The conference held on 7th and 8th of November 2017 under the patronage of the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of Qatar H.E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani was attended by 350 security experts from 65 countries and international organizations in the conference with the aim of enhancing international partnership in the field of providing security and safety for major events.
During the closing ceremony of the conference, Major Ali Muhammed Al Ali, deputy executive director of the security committee at the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy announced the outcomes of the conference.
1. Launching of the “Stadia Knowledge Management System” to create a global platform for the exchange of knowledge, expertise, and support in relation to major event safety and security.
2. Qatar will progress towards signature of the Council of Europe relevant conventions in the field of anti-doping and promoting public safety and integrity in sports with the aim of joining in the convention.
3. Expansion of Project Stadia’s capability development program to include more training opportunities for the world’s major event policing and security community. .
4. Qatar Police Academy and Interpol signed an MOU on police training.
5. All participants support the global major event policing and security community through sharing knowledge and expertise to the Stadia Knowledge Management System
6. All participants identify opportunities to contribute to and benefit from Project Stadia activities, including but not limited to : 1) Observation and debriefing programs,2) Experts groups, 3) Training activities, 4) Development of standards and guidance and 5) International networks of subject matter experts.
7. Interpol will continue to work with Major Events host countries to capture lessons learned and good practices.
In the first session of the second day of the conference, on the theme “Responding to Evolving Threat Environment”, former Head of Safety and Security of Euro 2016, ZiadKhoury presented a paper on the subject “Case study from Euro 2016”. The speaker focused on planning and delivery of safety and security during a period of significant change in the threat environment, while the head of Sports Conventions Unit at Council of Europe, Sergey Khrychikov delivered a speech on “Overview of the Council of Europe Convention on an integrated safety, security and service approach at football matches and other sports events and how it can assist in managing the evolving threat environment”.Head of Security Department-TNP of Turkey 1st Degree Chief Superintendent CüneytÜnal spoke in this session on the subject “Case study from the December 2016 attack on Besitkas Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey”, while another speaker of this session wasSubprefecto Eduardo Cerna Lozano of the Chilean Police and the subject will be “Copa America 2015”. “Mitigating security threats during major events” was the theme of the second session of the second day of the conference. The speakers were federal police commissioner of Brazil, Valdecy Junior Urquiza, Superintendent David Berston of Australian federal Police, Alexander Protasov, Head of Safety and Security of Russia 2018 LOC, and Jean-Pascal Mariani, Head of International Affairs at Counter Terrorism Unit in the Ministry of Interior of France.
The speakers presented papers on 1) “Case study from Brazil on the experiences of policing authorities regarding how good practices and opportunities for improvement identified from the 2014 FIFA World Cup were harnessed for the 2016 Olympics”, 2) “The Australian security planning approach focusing on lessons learned from recent major sporting events”, 3) “Russia’s Major Event Policing and Security Planning Approach for the 2018 FIFA World Cup” and 4) “Evolution of counter terrorism strategies for major events with case studies from France’s recent experiences with Euro 2016, Handball World Championships 2017 and preparations for Paris 2024” respectively. The third session on the “Event Critical Infrastructure Resilience” hosted the head of Q-Cert Qatar Eng. Dana Yousef Al-Abdulla on the subject “Cyber Emergency Response Team Preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup”. Other presenters of this session were senior representative of MITRE – Dr. Robert Coury and Dr. Fahad Al-Jaber – CEO of SOMOD (Qatar’s Infrastructure Development) on “Protecting national cyber infrastructure during major events” and “Event critical infrastructure resilience – The Qatar Approach” respectively.
The speakers of the fourth session on the theme “Decision Making in Response to Critical Incidents and Threats” includedMajor General Arthur Denaroretd United Kingdom (UK) Armed Forces, former UK Special Forces and Middle East Advisor to the UK Ministry of Defense who spoke on “Military doctrine applied to major terrorist incidents” and Superintendent Luis Elias, Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of Portugal presented a paper on the subject “Portugese football policing and critical incident model”. The Deputy Chief Kevin Catalina, Commanding Officer, Intelligence Operations and Analysis Section of Intelligence Bureau in the New York Police Department also spoke in this session on the topic “NYPD approach to planning for and responding to critical incidents during major events”. In the last session of the conference on the theme “Technology in Support of Major Event Policing and Security”, the speakers were Chris de Silva, Vice President for Public Safety EMEA of NEC Europe, Jeff Muller, President / CEO of Muller Group International, Hong-engKoh, Global Chief Public Safety Expert of Huawei and Lieutenant Colonel Jassim Al Saeed. They presented papers on the subjects titled 1) “Case study from the implementation of facial recognition technology at EstadioAtanasioGirardot Stadium and impact on reducing fan violence and improving the spectator experience”, 2) “Enhanced Security Through Integrated Technology For Major Events”, 3) “Harnessing communications technology to deliver major event policing and security with discussion of contemporary approaches and case studies from recent major events” and 4) Technical Security Systems in support of 2022, respectively.