Security is the highest priority for everyone involved in the 22nd World Petroleum Congress for delegates, speakers, exhibitors, visitors and partners. All necessary precautions will be taken together with the relevant authorities to ensure that the Congress is held in a safe environment and runs securely.
Security arrangements will be planned and reviewed in partnership with the Turkish Ministry of Interior and Istanbul Governor Office to ensure necessary measures are in place at the venue, official hotels, social event locations, shuttle routes and Istanbul's tourist attractions at the time of the Congress.
1. ENSURING SECURITY AT THE CONGRESS
The Organising Committee and the official PCO are highly experienced in managing high level events (such as NATO Summit, UN Meetings, G-20 2015, etc.) and are closely cooperating with the Ministry of Interior, as well as the office of the Istanbul Governor, to ensure appropriate security measures are in place during the Congress.
It is also important to underline that the 22nd World Petroleum Congress is being organised under the auspices of the Turkish Presidency; this will mobilise additional security forces both on site and in key strategic locations around the event.
2. SECURITY PLANNING IN ADVANCE OF THE CONGRESS
The WPC Turkish National Committee and the 22nd WPC Organising Committee, together with the official PCO, are communicating with the Ministry of Interior and the office of the Istanbul Governor to provide a common understanding of the event, the participants profile, their needs and requirements. With the involvement of all stakeholders, a Security Plan is being developed, including a crisis management and communication policy.
A security specialist will be involved in the preparations 6-8 months prior to the Congress. Before the Congress, as part of the registration process, all delegates will need to upload their passport copies. Desks will be set up at the airports to help and support participants, where necessary. Besides, all the staff involved in the Congress preparations will need to go through security clearance measures.
3. SECURITY MEASURES TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF THE PARTICIPANTS
All necessary security measures will be taken in close coordination and collaboration with Ministry of Interior and the Governor of Istanbul, both indoors and outdoors. Arrangements pertaining to specific security needs of heads of state and government ministers and other high level dignitaries will be duly handled in accordance with established practices for such high level meetings.
In addition to the significant deployment of resources from the Ministry of Interior and the Governor of Istanbul, there will be highly qualified and experienced special security teams both on site and related locations during the entire Congress period.
All delegates will need to provide ID and congress registration badges. Security scanners will be installed at the doors of CNR. Unregistered car access will not be allowed into the congress site and car security scanners will be placed well before the access into the congress site.
4. CONGRESS PREPARATIONS ARE GOING WELL AHEAD WITHOUT ANY INTERRUPTIONS
The preparations of the 22nd World Petroleum Congress are going well ahead without any interruptions, with Presidential support and commitment, and will take place on 9 - 13 July 2017 in Istanbul, as agreed and confirmed by the Council.
Terrorism is a global threat and unfortunately many places in Europe as well as around the world have had to deal with it.
Istanbul has a strong track record of hosting international congresses and high-level events and is known for successful planning and organisation. Since the beginning of 2016, the city hosted the World Humanitarian Summit, the Islamic Summit Conference, 3rd International Nuclear Plants Summit and 52nd Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey. All these events involved the participation of heads of states, ministers, global CEOs and VIPs. In total, it is estimated that approximately 100,000 participants visited Istanbul since beginning of 2016 and no security breaches have been reported. Additionally, the International Water Expo in September 2016, International Istanbul Boat Show in October 2016, 23rd World Energy Congress (WEC) in October 2016, International Congress on Urban and Environmental Issues and Policies in October 2016 and many other congresses and events are bein held in Istanbul in 2016.
5. RESPONSIBILITY FOR SECURITY IN ISTANBUL
Operating under the Turkish Ministry of Interior and the Security General Directorate of Istanbul, more than 40,000 police officers are responsible for the security of the city and the enforcement of law.
During international events such as the 22nd World Petroleum Congress 2017, additional security measures will be taken, not only around the event venue but also at airports, nearby hotels, social event sites, shuttle routes and transit points.
6. SAFETY AT THE MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS & TOURIST SPOTS OF ISTANBUL
A massive police force is deployed in key Istanbul locations (airports, Taksim Square, Grand Bazaar, Sultanahmet, etc) to prevent possible attacks. At the same time, Turkey has invested significantly in high-end security solutions, which allows a rapid tracking of any suspicious activity and immediate intervention. In addition to this, all public places have security filters at the entrance, with bags and body scans and metal detectors.
Nevertheless, all participants need to be aware that some of the tourist attractions may be in open space which naturally makes them more exposed. As and when necessary, participants may be advised on the precautions they need to take when visiting these places.
Please visit the website of the Metropolitan Municipality of Istanbul on safety for detailed information:
7. SECURITY MEASURES AT THE AIRPORTS
The organisers will be working very closely with the airport authorities, the Civil Aviation and the Ministry of Interior to ensure that security at the airports is heightened. The airports of Istanbul Atatürk and Sabiha Gökcen have now double security checks and the numbers of filters have increased to have a better scanning of cars. Additional security surveillance cameras have been installed both inside and outside the airports. Security General Directorate of Istanbul staff members and increased private security staff will be on duty at the airports.
8. SECURITY AT HOTELS, PUBLIC TRANSPORT AND FACILITIES
The security for all of the hotels, public transport and facilities will be provided by and is of the utmost significance to the Office of the Istanbul Governor. Moreover, all the official hotels of the Congress will ensure a premium level of security to the delegates, as well as the shuttle routes and related event related facilities.
9. FOCAL POINT FOR QUESTIONS RELATED TO SECURITY
Any questions regarding security and the safety of participants at the Congress should be directed to the Turkish Organising Committee, at firstname.lastname@example.org.