How can the private sector get involved in humanitarian action?
PADF is in Lima, Peru, today to discuss the role of businesses in emergency preparedness and response. Our staff is attending the Latin America and Caribbean Regional Business Consultation ahead of the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit in Turkey in 2016.
"Participants emphasized the need to involve not only the big companies, but also the local small- and medium-size companies that are located in vulnerable areas," says Liza Mantilla, PADF's Director of Disaster Management. "Others highlighted the need to discuss climate change and improve coordination," she added.
The agenda includes breakout sessions on responding to large-scale disasters, private sector partnerships in the humanitarian sector and best practices in emergency preparedness. "Business is proving the enormous power of collaboration," said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his remarks at the CEO Summit of the Americas in Panama last week. "It is increasingly showing a willingness to be part of the solution to tackling global challenges – from women’s and children’s health to sustainable energy and climate change; from gender equality to peaceful, accountable societies."
The meeting is organized by Peru's National Society of Industries and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) with the support of the United Nations Global Compact and PADF. The goal of the regional business consultations is to propose concrete deliverables and promote the role of the private sector in humanitarian action.
The 2016 summit has four themes:
Stay tuned for updates from the next Regional Consultation Meeting which takes place in Guatemala beginning May 5, 2015.