National Risk Assessments

A Cross Country Perspective

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This report provides a synthetic view of national risk assessments (NRAs) in twenty OECD Member countries. NRA are used to support risk management decisions in a rapidly changing global risk landscape characterized by increasingly complex, interconnected societies and highly mobile people, information and goods. The report highlights good governance practices in establishing NRAs and how the results are used to inform public policy. It identifies challenges that OECD Member countries continue to confront in their efforts to implement NRA, and makes concrete recommendations where improvements could still be made.



New Zealand

This chapter discusses the broad concept of New Zealand’s national risk management strategy as a framework for a comprehensive collaborative approach to deal with a full range of national security challenges. From a governance perspective national security issues are overseen by the cabinet and involve oversight of a system of Domestic and External Security Co-ordination (DESC) which is integrated at all levels. The ongoing management of these risks has been influenced by the catastrophic Christchurch Earthquake that the country suffered in 2011 and the potential for further seismic activity in the future. This chapter discusses the methodology used in New Zealand for hazard identification, impact analysis and, likelihood and plausibility analysis. An all hazards approach is used in the risk analysis process with involvement by public and private entities such as government agencies, critical infrastructure owner/operators, SME’s and academia.


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