Programme outcome: The Europe zone office is guided in its work with Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies by the strategic aims of the Strategy 2020 to save lives, protect livelihoods, and strengthen recovery from disasters and crises; enable healthy and safe living; and promote social inclusion and culture of non-violence and peace. The capacity-building efforts are in line with the enabling action one to build strong National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
The recovery from the global financial crisis continued in 2010, but the economic situation of the countries in the region is still fragile. Among developing regions, the Europe and Central Asia region has been the most negatively affected by the global financial crisis, albeit with large variations across the region in the degree of impact. A number of natural disasters (floods in Tajikistan, Serbia, Montenegro, Albania etc. ) as well as other emergency situations (Polio outbreaks in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan etc.) was met with quick and effective response with two deployments of Regional Disaster Response Team members. The disaster management training continued with field-level simulations involving other movement and non-movement partners with the RDRT. International Disaster Response Law (IDRL) was the topic of the regional workshop, "Legal preparedness and legislative advocacy for international disaster response" that took place in May in Vienna, gathering representatives from European Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies engaged in disaster management activities. The work on reduction and climate change activities continued in select national Societies.