CIVSEC 2016 is an international forum dealing with the acutely relevant, and inextricably interconnected, imperatives of civil security and civil defence in the preservation of sovereignty, the protection of people and the safety of communities.
It confronts the complex and increasingly interdependent challenges of the control of borders, the maintenance of law and order, the prevention of terrorism, the defence against threats to society, the protection of people and communities, the security of infrastructure and resources, the provision of emergency services, the response to disasters, the coordination of relief and the management of crises.
Comprising a congress of specialist conferences and an associated exposition of equipment, technology and services, CIVSEC 2016 will bring together leaders and decision-makers, policy makers and advisers, managers and officials, operational professionals, technical specialists, strategists and academics, researchers and consultants, technology developers and industry suppliers.
A key part of CivSec 2016 will be the BORDER 21 International Conference. Organised by Curtin University’s Department of Social Sciences and Security Studies, BORDER 21 will address the politico-military aspects of border security in the 21st century and the evolving threats to border security and national sovereignty, including organised crime (narco-crime, human trafficking, piracy and resource poaching), threats to national sovereignty, policing and response options.
While focusing on the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, CIVSEC 2016 will address issues of global significance. From the Indo-Asia-Pacific to Africa and the Middle East, from Europe to the Americas, the world faces similar challenges with respect to the preservation of sovereignty and the protection of people. The peace, prosperity, safety and cohesion of societies and communities everywhere are threatened by natural disasters and emergencies, by human catastrophe and civil disorder, by criminal activity and terrorism and by the movement of distressed populations across porous frontiers.
The key players who respond to these challenges are diverse – governments and non-government organisations, aid agencies and emergency first-responders, police and para-military law-enforcers, national armed forces, immigration and customs authorities, border protection agencies and specialists in the law, medicine, infrastructure, civil affairs and search and rescue.