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Deutsche Post DHL Group and United Nations celebrate 10-year success story of public-private partnership [Humanitarian Logistics]

Initial agreement was signed with the United Nations Office of Humanitarian Affairs/UNOCHA and the United Nations Development Programme/UNDP in 2005

Joint activities aim to enhance the capacity of airports and authorities to prepare for natural disasters and emergency response

As of January 2016 the Get Airports Ready for Disaster (GARD) program has trained a total of 600 people across 30 airports in 15 countries on disaster preparedness
Over the past ten years the Group's Disaster Response Teams (DRTs) deployed more than 30 times to disaster hit areas worldwide

Deutsche Post DHL Group and the United Nations - represented by the United Nations Office for Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) - today celebrate a decade of successfully partnering in the areas of disaster preparedness and response. The partnership aims to prepare airports and personnel on disaster preparedness and provides support to better manage logistics at airports in disaster hit areas. The initial memorandum of understanding was signed in December 2005 in New York.

"I am very proud today to celebrate ten successful years of a joint partnership with the United Nations. Let me thank all of those who have continuously supported our efforts in disaster preparedness and disaster relief. Our unique public-private endeavor has developed into a very positive joint initiative which was able to provide crucial support at airports and deliver help to those who most needed it. We are very pleased that we are able to share our logistics expertise within the international aid community and in cooperation with such globally recognized partners as UNOCHA and UNDP. I am very much looking forward to extending this positive experience in the coming years", said Frank Appel, CEO Deutsche Post DHL Group.

Airport preparedness is a key element of disaster preparedness mechanisms and plans. As airports are the main access point to receive international as well as national aid when a disaster strikes, they can also become a critical bottleneck due to damages to infrastructure and a lack of capacity. In order to address these challenges, Deutsche Post DHL Group and UNDP jointly developed the Get Airports Ready for Disaster (GARD) program.

The major focus of GARD is to bring all relevant stakeholders involved in humanitarian actions - from cargo operators to emergency services as well as security, customs and management - together to identify potential causes of backlogs which could hamper a relief operation. The GARD workshop further aims to develop practical recommendations for contingency planning. This exercise is again conducted jointly with the national stakeholders. To date, GARD has been implemented at airports in Armenia, Bangladesh, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Lebanon, Macedonia, Nepal, Panama, Peru, the Philippines, Turkey and Sri Lanka. Finally, the GARD program also offers a follow-up workshop to review the original recommendations and their implementation process. These so-called GARD plus workshops have been conducted in a number of countries including Armenia, Lebanon and Indonesia.

"It is increasingly clear that the eradication of poverty and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals will remain difficult if we do not address disaster risk," notes Magdy Martinez-Soliman, Assistant Secretary General and Director of UNDP's Bureau for Policy and Programme Support. "This requires an all-of-society approach, incorporating both the public and private sector. The partnership between UNDP, Deutsche Post DHL Group and OCHA is such an approach. By drawing on the respective strengths of the agencies involved we are better able to support our partners globally in disaster preparedness."

In 2016 the series of GARD and GARD plus workshops will continue in countries such as Honduras, Mauritius and Nepal.

"Together with Deutsche Post DHL Group we can foster disaster readiness and improve response", said the acting Director of OCHA Geneva, Rudolf Müller. "OCHA, the Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, brings together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies, and to promote emergency preparedness and prevention. Deutsche Post DHL Group has the technical expertise, the assets and resources, the supply chains and networks to support better disaster risk reduction globally. I am very much looking forward to the continuation of this important partnership."

In the field of disaster response, Deutsche Post DHL Group has teamed up with UNOCHA. While the Group provides the UN with access to its core competence in logistics, its global network and the know-how of its employees on a free-of-charge basis, the UN mandates Deutsche Post DHL Group with access to the international relief and development community. The so-called Disaster Response Teams (DRT) are made up of DHL logistics experts trained in disaster management. Their task is to handle the incoming relief supplies at an airport. The DRT network consists of over 400 trained volunteers, who can be deployed within 72 hours, ready to stay for up to three weeks. At the airport the team handles relief supplies, sorts them and finds storage options. This allows relief agencies then to get quicker access to urgently needed items such as food, shelter, medicines and water for their further transportation to the people in need. The airport's capacity, coupled with a lack of equipment and resources in an often very demanding situation, are huge factors impacting the speed of delivery of relief goods to those in need. Since 2005, the DRTs have been deployed over 30 times worldwide, with the most recent missions following the devastating earthquake in Nepal in 2015 and following the destruction caused by Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu in March 2015.

Both programs, GARD and DRT, are part of the disaster management program GoHelp which is embedded in the overall "Living Responsibility" Corporate Responsibility program of Deutsche Post DHL Group.

Posted at 14:21   パーマリンク


Deutsche Bahn 22,000 refugees in over 100 trains [Humanitarian Logistics]

Over the past few days, Deutsche Bahn has done as much as possible to ensure that refugees arriving in Germany are transported safely to accommodation facilities located around the country. Upward of 22,000 refugees entered Germany in over 100 trains, and DB brought them to their different destinations.

DB’s CEO Rüdiger Grube says, “It goes without saying that DB will do whatever it takes to help these people who are essentially fleeing for their lives. Planners and dispatchers at our operations centres and ICE plants have worked around the clock to assemble more trains and shoehorn them into our schedules. I would like to express my thanks to all DB employees and volunteers at stations throughout Germany. At DB, we know what integration means – our workforce already includes people from over 100 nations around the world.”
DB coordinated travel for refugees aboard scheduled ICE and IC services in addition to scores of specially dispatched trains bound for a host of different towns and cities around Germany, such as Munich, Dortmund, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Braunschweig, Saalfeld and Eisenhüttenstadt. At every destination, hundreds of DB staff, volunteers and public sector employees were on hand to ensure that the refugees’ arrival ran smoothly.

The undertaking has been about more than just efficient transportation. After it was announced that over 20,000 people were expected to arrive in Munich alone on Saturday and Sunday, DB provided a building for the new arrivals and operated a local rail service to connect it with the city’s main station. The company is also liaising with municipal authorities around Germany, encouraging them to provide simple, unbureaucratic support by permitting access to municipally owned land and buildings that can be used to house refugees. DB has assembled a taskforce that is dedicated to fielding the many questions coming from local authorities, town halls and regional governments.

In the midst of this dramatic situation, DB and its partners are planning two pilot projects in southern Germany which will help adult and younger refugees alike integrate with the labour market. DB is continuing its special train services today and is coordinating with government bodies on what stations are to serve as destinations.

Posted at 21:59   パーマリンク


Recurring earthquakes upset the region: Deutsche Post DHL Group DRT will extend its deployment until the end of May [Humanitarian Logistics]

Disaster Response Team instrumental in ensuring Kathmandu airport remains operational to receive relief goods
Over 2,000 tons of relief aid so far moved by DRT team at Tribhuvan Kathmandu International Airport for further distribution to those in need
Close co-operation with local authorities, United Nations, and numerous foreign governments, NGOs and aid agencies
DRT comprised 18 DHL volunteers from Singapore, Malaysia, Dubai, Bahrain, India, Hong Kong, Pakistan, Belgium, UK in three rotating teams over three weeks so far

Deutsche Post DHL (DPDHL) Group's Disaster Response Team (DRT) will extend its deployment until the end of May. The extension comes after another heavy earthquake hit the region on 12 May and causing additional devastation to the area. The DRT will continue to play a critical role in ensuring the Tribhuvan Kathmandu International Airport remains operational. The DRT was deployed less than 48 hours after the first earthquake struck on 25 April. As the country's only international airport in a landlocked country, the airport is the main gateway for the international aid community to send relief goods into Nepal.

The 18-strong team of volunteers from DHL, all logistics experts and trained in disaster management, were deployed in three waves and tasked with improving logistics operations at Tribhuvan Kathmandu International Airport for incoming relief supplies. Over the last three weeks, the DRT handled over 2,000 tons of incoming relief supplies, sorting and moving goods with limited equipment into centralized airside warehouses run by the United Nations World Food Programme for further distribution by international non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

The airport has one runway servicing both passenger and cargo aircraft, and can process nine planes at a time, with a 196 ton cargo weight restriction per plane. The airport's capacity, coupled with a current lack of equipment and resources in the currently very demanding situation, are huge factors impacting the speed of delivery of relief goods to those in need.

Chris Weeks, Director for Humanitarian Affairs, DPDHL Group, said, "We are faced with recurring strong earthquakes - this indicates that relief efforts will have to continue for quite some time. The Disaster Response Team takes care of a crucial part in the relief effort chain. When we first arrived, we had a big job to do in cleaning up the congested tarmac area which was filled with relief supplies - this is critical in an emergency situation. If we hadn't done this, it's likely the airport would have closed within the first 48 hours of the earthquake because the airport would have run out of space and equipment, and NGOs would have been unable to locate their aid and relief goods. We implemented a system to maximize the use of limited resources for ongoing relief efforts. Working closely with the civil aviation authorities, local military, international aid organizations and the UN, we have clarity on the daily flights coming in. We also set up processes to meet the cargo at the airside to make the necessary arrangements in the fastest possible time."

"With the recurring earthquakes experienced in Nepal, we are glad to have the logistics expertise of DHL on the ground at the Nepal airport to help with the mammoth task of managing the deluge of incoming relief aid. It is a tough and thankless job but an extremely critical one, as Nepal relies on the continued operations of its airport to receive aid from the international community. The speed and dedication of the DPDHL Group's DRT is truly commendable," said Alex Marianelli, Senior Logistics Coordinator, Nepal Earthquake Response, World Food Programme.

The DRT, which is activated by a request from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), worked closely with the Nepalese authorities, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), numerous governments, aid agencies and NGOs. The team used any available resources they had - from locally borrowed forklifts, tractors and makeshift dollies to UK-donated K-Loaders to speed up the logistics operations, ensuring that relief goods are delivered through vertical take-off US Osprey airplanes and even local tractors.

Fast unloading at the small airport and expert warehousing has been key to keeping the airport open and ensuring the right equipment get to the appropriate relief agencies as fast as possible. For nearly three weeks, DRT has been involved in coordinating the arrival and distribution of food, shelter, medicines and water including over three million high-energy biscuits from the United States of America's Department of Agriculture, a 35-ton inflatable hospital from Medecin sans Frontieres, solar lamps, tools for rebuilding and plastic sheeting. The team also managed one chartered DHL plane carrying goods donated by sponsors from the Middle East.

Gagan Mukhia, Country Manager, DHL Express Nepal, said, "The generosity of people can literally be overwhelming in an emergency such as this and aid comes in many sizes and forms. Some of the huge air cargo pallets initially had to be dismantled before we could move them because there just wasn't the equipment to unload them as a whole. With the latest earthquake on 12 May, we are still able to continue with our DRT operations as we now have the equipment and systems in place to deal with the ongoing relief effort that Nepal will desperately need for many months ahead. Planes can now be unloaded quickly and aid distributed more efficiently to the Nepalese community."

In addition to the ongoing voluntary work of the Disaster Response Team, DHL's Aid and Relief commercial service has moved over 100 tonnes of relief goods for organizations like ShelterBox and Norwegian Church Aid. Additionally, bookings for over 90 tonnes have already been received for the coming weeks.

The DPDHL Group DRT comprises highly-trained volunteers who provide logistics expertise free-of-charge to help coordinate relief aid at the airport for further distribution to the victims in the speediest manner possible. The DRT network consists over 400 trained DHL volunteers, who can be deployed within 72 hours. Since 2005, the DRTs have been deployed over 30 times worldwide, with recent deployments including Vanuatu following the destruction caused by Cyclone Pam in March 2015 and Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan.

GoHelp is the disaster management program of DPDHL Group and comprises the "Get Airports Ready for Disaster" (GARD) program and natural disaster response via the DRTs. In a partnership with the United Nations since 2005, DPDHL Group provides the UN with access to its core competence in logistics, its global network and the know-how of its employees free-of-charge. To date, GARD has been implemented jointly with the United Nations Development Program to more than 29 local airports in countries like Armenia, Bangladesh, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Indonesia, Jordan, Lebanon, Nepal, Panama, Peru, the Philippines, Turkey and Sri Lanka. In cooperation with UNOCHA, DPDHL Group also established a global network of DRTs to support airports in the event of a natural disaster.

Posted at 23:31   パーマリンク

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