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Deutsche Post DHL Group and United Nations Development Programme Hold Airport Disaster Preparedness Workshops in Bali and Lombok [Humanitarian Logistics]


Germany's Deutsche Post DHL Group and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are once again conducting their joint preventative training, known as Get Airports Ready for Disaster (GARD), from September 5 to 9 at Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport, Lombok International Airport and Selaparang Airport in Lombok. Indonesia was the pilot country when the program was implemented globally in 2009 - in Makassar and Palu.

Indonesia is located on the Pacific Ring of Fire where several continental plates collide. As a result, the chain of islands is at frequent risk of earthquakes, tsunamis and active volcanoes. Additionally, Bali and Lombok are categorized as high risk areas in the Indonesian Disaster Risk Index (2013). Airports in both provinces experienced operations shutdown due to volcanic eruptions from nearby Mount Rinjani.

The multi-day workshop involves over 50 participants - including representatives from the airport operating company, aviation safety experts, national and regional Disaster Management Planning Agencies, Indonesian Red Cross, immigration authorities, the military and the police force - who will be trained to handle the high volume of incoming relief goods and increasing number of passengers during the aftermath of natural disasters.

"Following natural disasters, airports become vital hubs for the processing of incoming relief supplies," says Christof Ehrhart, Head of Corporate Communications and Responsibility at Deutsche Post DHL Group. "With sound processes in place at the airport and with the relevant agencies, relief goods and aid can be channeled through airports to reach the affected communities quickly and efficiently. This program continues to help improve disaster management in this geologically high-risk region."

"Often airports are unprepared to manage large disasters or humanitarian crisis and as a result, assistance gets slower in getting to those most affected. GARD is working specifically with all partners on the ground to solve any potential bottlenecks that could impede fast response to save lives. I praise the Indonesian government for its commitment to preparedness and the airport authorities for their risk informed management." says United Nations Resident Coordinator in Indonesia, Douglas Broderick.

The training includes evaluation of the airports' capacities for processing high volumes of passengers and cargo and warehousing relief supplies. Location-specific disaster plans are drawn up as well.

Since 2009, GARD trainings have been held in eight airports in Indonesia, namely Sultan Hassanuddin Airport in Makassar (2009), Mutiara Airport in Palu (2009), Ngurah Rai Airport (old airport) in Denpasar (2011), El Tari Airport in Kupang (2011), Polonia Airport in Medan (2012), Sultan Iskandarsyah Airport in Banda Aceh (2012), Fatmawati Airport in Bengkulu (2012) and Minangkabau Airport in Padang (2013).

About GARD
In 2009 GARD was developed by Deutsche Post DHL Group in cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with the aim of preparing airports in disaster-prone areas to handle the surge of incoming relief goods after a natural disaster occurs. It also enables the various organizations and aid agencies to better understand the processes at the airport in the aftermath of a disaster, which will help facilitate relief efforts and enhance overall coordination.

To date, GARD workshops have been held at 34 airports in Armenia, Bangladesh, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Lebanon, Macedonia, Nepal, Panama, Peru, the Philippines, the Seychelles, Sri Lanka and Turkey.

GARD trainers and training materials are provided free-of-charge by Deutsche Post DHL Group while UNDP leads the project implementation and facilitates the coordination with the government authorities. GARD training workshop arrangements and logistics costs are fully covered by UNDP with funding contribution by the government of Germany.

GARD is an integral part of Deutsche Post DHL Group's GoHelp program in which the Group pools all of its activities related to disaster preparedness and management. As a form of crisis prevention, GARD workshops are used to prepare airports for coping with potential natural disasters. Should a disaster strike, Disaster Response Teams (DRTs) provide emergency aid and ensure that relief supplies can be accepted in a coordinated manner and passed on to the correct aid organizations.

The DRTs were established in cooperation with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA). They encompass a worldwide network of more than 400 volunteers, all specially trained employees of Deutsche Post DHL Group.

Posted at 22:19   パーマリンク


United Nations and Deutsche Post DHL Group showcase how public-private partnerships make a difference in humanitarian action [Humanitarian Logistics]


New publication reveals that the private sector is becoming an important partner to the United Nations in disaster risk reduction, emergency preparedness, response and recovery
Case studies such as Deutsche Post DHL's Disaster Response program GoHelp show which key factors are critical for a successful public-private partnership

Deutsche Post DHL Group and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) have issued a publication - Combining Capabilities - which showcases the growing importance of public-private partnerships in humanitarian action. The publication, launched during the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, illustrates a variety of innovative and effective case studies. It demonstrates that public-private partnerships are essential for addressing humanitarian needs in today's world. It also sheds light on how such partnerships work in practice, what challenges exist, and what makes them successful in the long run.

"The world does not lack the capabilities to tackle global challenges, but it often lacks the vision to forge alliances to make the best use of our individual strengths. Combining our capabilities enhances the potential to solve many problems," said Frank Appel, Chief Executive Officer at Deutsche Post DHL Group. "The World Humanitarian Summit is taking place at a time when the world is facing a number of critical challenges. Public-private partnerships represent an effective, forward-looking model to sustainably solve them. Our publication offers practical guidance for organizations looking to leverage their services and resources through collaboration that delivers social value."

"As the number and impact of disasters and complex emergency situations continue to grow, humanitarian organizations cannot go it alone - a concerted international response is needed," said Kyung-wha Kang, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator. "Working with partners such as Deutsche Post DHL Group improves the speed, quality and effectiveness of our response to people in need. Together we can build local, national and regional capacity to prepare for disasters and to mitigate risks."

Beyond profiling Deutsche Post DHL Group's own expertise, experience and learnings from ten years of successful GoHelp collaboration with the United Nations, the report showcases many other successful partnership models in place all over the world. Global players such as Ericsson and MasterCard and 'local heroes' such as Madagascar's Telma Foundation which contributed to the publication share their stories and provide insight into how such partnerships work in practice.

Success factors for partnerships include agreement on common guiding principles, the leveraging of core competencies, building local capacity, establishing a clear separation between humanitarian and commercial activities, and developing predictable, long-term partnerships, all geared to meet identified needs. The publication highlights that partnerships between humanitarian actors and private sector companies should be developed with the shared goal of alleviating human suffering and providing quality assistance to those most in need. It will also help increase awareness and understanding of the critical role of private sector partnerships in life-saving humanitarian action.

The partnership between the United Nations and Deutsche Post DHL Group
Over ten years ago, Deutsche Post DHL Group joined forces with the UN to help improve disaster management. In collaboration with OCHA, the Group deploys Disaster Response Teams (DRTs) to provide on-site logistics support at affected airports in the wake of a natural disaster. Together with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the company also runs the Get Airports Ready for Disaster (GARD) program, which helps to prepare airports in areas at risk of natural catastrophes. Known collectively as the GoHelp program, both initiatives demonstrate the power of public-private partnerships with a clear focus, long-term approach and successful track record. They showcase how the combination of very different capabilities and strengths can be an essential asset for emergency preparedness and response.

Posted at 19:09   パーマリンク


UN food relief agency provides logistics support to boost earthquake response in Japan [Humanitarian Logistics]

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said that it is providing logistics support to Kumamoto prefecture in south-western Japan as part of assistance to people affected by strong earthquakes in April.

WFP is initially deploying four experts to support needs assessments, warehouse management and the swift delivery of relief supplies to the most-affected people, the agency said in a press release.

“Logistics is the backbone of any emergency response,” said Stephen Anderson, Director of the WFP Japan Office. “We are proud to do our part to help the affected people by deploying logistics expertise.”

The activities will be implemented in coordination with the Japan Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, a coordinating body supporting relief work by authorities, non-governmental organizations and the private sector.

In addition, WFP is providing large mobile warehouses, including two that will be set up immediately in the severely-affected towns of Ozu and Kashima, to store relief items and as a volunteer centre.

WFP launched the two-month operation – which is estimated to cost $600,000 – when the request came from the Kumamoto prefectural government on 26 April, and the agency said it stands ready to expand its support if required.

Two major earthquakes and hundreds of aftershocks struck the prefectures of Kumamoto, Oita and surrounding areas on 14 and 16 April, resulting in 66 deaths and more than 190,000 evacuees at its peak, according to official figures. While local authorities are putting significant effort into the response, logistical challenges in the management of relief supplies that are pouring in have been reported, WFP noted.

This is the second time that WFP has provided assistance in Japan. In 2011, following the devastating earthquake and massive tsunami that hit the northern region of Tohoku, WFP deployed 27 staff members to organize transportation of relief items, establish logistics hubs with mobile warehouses and support relief activities of non-governmental organizations on the ground.

Posted at 14:22   パーマリンク

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