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.




In Poland the National Risk Assessment (NRA) is part of the National Crisis Plan. The NRA is guided by two agencies, the Government Centre for Security (GCS) and the Internal Security Agency. The process provides for a top down bottom up system of risk identification allowing the public sector, ministries, central offices and provincial administrative areas (Voivods) to work together to identify risks and to provide a central government response to the most serious threats which are contained in the National Crisis Plan. This chapter discusses the methodology for hazard identification/analysis and vulnerability and impact analysis in some detail. The NRA takes an all hazards approach taking a broad perspective on potential threats from both internal and external sources. Poland takes an active role in keeping its NRA up to date with a legal obligation placed on each ministry to monitor, analyse and foresee threats in their area of responsibility. Awareness rising forms a large part of the government’s strategy with widespread exposure within appropriate departments.


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