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elcome to the Action on Disaster Relief 2018 Post-Event Report where GRV Global would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all those who participated in the third annual holding of this important event; a series promoting discussion and solutions to regional disaster preparedness, relief and resilience efforts through public-private partnerships (PPPs). Following a hugely enjoyable and productive few days at the Wyndham Panama Albrook Mall Hotel in Panama City, this report contains a detailed overview of the various plenary sessions, exhibition, afternoon matchmaking meetings, and social networking functions including a large selection of photographs from the forum. GRV Global would like to pass on our sincere gratitude to the various Government, NGO, Chamber, International & United Nations’ agency officials that participated in discussions across the two days, and were committed to meeting with event delegates throughout our afternoon matchmaking meeting sessions. We are extremely grateful for their kind time and support not only during the week of Action on Disaster Relief (ADR18), but also, for their assistance during the build up to the event. GRV Global would like to express special thanks to Her Excellency Mrs. Maria Luisa Navarro, Vice Minister of Multilateral Affairs & Cooperation, her office, and to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs team for their support in organising this significant gathering. Additionally, and for the third year running, we would like to give special thanks to Ms. Andria Grosvenor, Planning & Business Development Manager of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), who so expertly fulfilled the role of Official Conference Chair across the two days, utilising her vast regional experience whilst giving engaging and thought-provoking chairmanship throughout. In its third year, Action on Disaster Relief has once more proved to be a great success, bringing likeminded officials and private-sector delegates together from across the Americas, Latin America and the Caribbean; testimonials of which can be found later in this report. We welcomed almost 200 local and international participants to Panama City and facilitated almost 750 face-to-face matchmaking meetings. New to ADR18, we welcomed a Regional Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) meeting hosted by the World Food Programme (WFP) and once again, through the help of UNOPS, UNHRD and IFRC, we arranged a site visit Panama’s almost constructed Regional Logistics Center for Humanitarian Assistance (CLRAH). As a result of this series, and GRV Global’s ethos of personable engagement, long-standing collaborations are sure to result and ultimately, a stronger ‘Hub’ from which to support the region’s population. GRV Global would like to thank the Wyndham Panama Albrook Mall Hotel for its support across the few days. We thank all our local partners/suppliers for helping us to produce worldclass materials such as the stage set, banners, invitations and tickets, and of course the Official Event Guide; in addition to the local students who assisted with managing our registration desk and afternoon matchmaking meeting tables. Lastly and by no means least, GRV Global would truly like to thank our forum Sponsors for their support and attendance without which, events of this magnitude and importance would simply not be possible. The support shown by our partners and sponsors was emphatic and a true testament to the potential they see for disaster response and relief across the Latin America and Caribbean region. Thank you for joining us in Panama City, we look forward to welcoming you next year! Andy Dowell | CEO GRV Global
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CONTENTS Post-Event Report ....................................................................................... 6 Conference Agenda.................................................................................... 15 Action on Disaster Relief in Pictures ..................................................20 Testimonials ................................................................................................. 26 Roundtable List .......................................................................................... 29 Roundtable Profiles ................................................................................... 30 Attendee List................................................................................................ 42
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Action on Disaster Relief 2018 Post-Event Report In its third year, the Action on Disaster Relief forum was once again heralded as a major success. Senior Government Officials, UN and disaster agencies, NGOs, chamber and trade officials from across the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region, convened at the Wyndham Panama Albrook Mall Hotel to meet face-to-face with some of the world’s leading business operators from across the disaster relief and humanitarian sector. The focus was on direct, personable engagement; a mix of themed plenary sessions (mornings), afternoon matchmaking meetings, exhibition and demonstrations, and a range of social networking functions. Featuring more than 20 speakers and facilitating upwards of 750 public-private sector 1-2-1 meetings, it is easy to see why this significant gathering will continue to create meaningful collaborations across the region.
Monday 5th February
Monday lunchtime marked the beginning of Action on Disaster Relief 2018 (ADR18) as participants registered (collected their delegate passes & packs) ahead of the much-anticipated Site Visit to the Government of Panama’s Regional Logistics Centre for Humanitarian Assistance (CLRAH). Implemented by UNOPS, under the direction of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and in coordination with IFRC, WFP and SINAPROC Panama, participants were able to see the construction progress of the new centre that will not only cater to Panama but the entire region, and is set to have phase 2 completed by May 2018. Shortly after, the group visited the World Food Programme’s (WFP) UN Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) at the Panamá Pacífico International Airport, whereby, they were able to ask questions on the depot procedures during an emergency and witness WFP’s current operations before
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they move to the new Humanitarian Hub in the coming months. Meanwhile, senior UN, U.S. and disaster agency officials, and members of the Global VSAT Forum (GVF), attended an exclusive Regional Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) Meeting. Hosted by WFP, brought together by ADR18, the meeting presented a rare opportunity to discuss emergency communications initiatives in the LAC region and build relationships between emergency responders before disaster strikes. The meeting gathered 34 Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and disaster management specialists – 14 from the humanitarian sector (UN agencies and Non-Government Organisations), 11 from government entities and 9 from the private sector, representing 24 countries in total. With stage setup and the preparation of exhibition booths underway (at the
H.E. Carlos Rubio, Vice Minister of Government, Republic of Panama
Roy Barboza Sequeira, Executive Secretary, Coordination Center for the Prevention of Natural Disasters in Central America (CEPREDENAC)
Wyndham Panama Albrook Mall Hotel), ADR18 participants were able to continue registration and join our Evening Reception – a relaxed evening of networking, in order to make initial introductions and discuss the two days ahead, whilst enjoying canapés and refreshments.
coordinated regional efforts in order to minimise the loss of lives during disasters before urging the panellists to use this event as an opportunity to create networks and strengthen regional logistics and communications capabilities. Prof. Saghir would then introduce ADR18’s Official Conference Chair, and Planning & Business Development Manager of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), Ms. Andria Grosvenor. Andria took to the stage, to once again welcome everyone to Panama and share her delight in CDEMA’s chairmanship/participation for the 3rd year running, and briefly share their experience, before handing over to the first Keynote speaker of the day.
Day Two: Tuesday 6th February
Another beautiful day in Panama City, started with networking tea & coffee around the operator’s exhibition booths, before heading into the Gran Salón Contadora Ballroom for formalities. The event’s Opening Ceremony was led by Professor Jamal Saghir, Former Senior Director of the World Bank and Advisory Board Member of GRV Global, who took a moment to welcome our esteemed audience, to thank the government of Panama for once again endorsing this annual event and to sincerely thank everyone for their attendance and commitment to the interactive format across the two days ahead. To set the tone for the day, Prof. Saghir noted the need to adapt, mitigate and change the way disaster preparedness is implemented in light of recent disasters, before introducing Vice Minister of Government of the Republic of Panama, H.E. Carlos Rubio. H.E. Rubio, after warmly welcoming everyone to Panama, briefly commented on the importance of
Executive Secretary, for the Coordination Centre for the Prevention of Natural Disasters in Central America (CEPREDENAC), Mr. Roy Barboza Sequeira gave the Opening Keynote Address. Mr. Barboza would address ‘CEPREDENAC’s Contributions to Safe Investment Against Disaster Risk, Complying with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)’, before wishing all delegates a successful 2 days and noted the importance of GRV Global’s ADR event in saving lives and forging public-private partnerships that will benefit the entire LAC region. Ahead of the event’s first discussion panel, delegates were treated to a further short www.gr vglobal.com
POST-EVENT REPORT Keynote Address from the Embassy of Argentina in Panama’s Chargé d’affaires, Ms. Vanesa A. Romani, who introduced the ‘White Helmets Initiative’ – a coordinated project that provides humanitarian assistance to the Argentine Republic as well as 81 countries across 5 continents. The White Helmets Commission promotes a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to disaster risk management and humanitarian assistance, following guidelines assumed by the international community; Ms. Romani also presented a short White Helmets video. The event then moved straight to the first of 3 themed plenary panels for the day, Panel One: Operations - Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), Preparedness & Resilience, discussing Analysis & Regional Trends, Mitigation, Geospatial (predictions/ warnings), & Scalable Solutions. Panel One was Chaired by Bo Martin Tell, Managing Director of Recotech, and included Richard Barathe, Director Regional Hub of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), Stephane De Rengerve, Country Manager - Honduras of the American Red Cross, Haris Sanahuja, Senior Disaster Risk Management Specialist of The World Bank Group (LAC Region) and Suzanne Gosling, Director of Global Technical Unit of the International Medical Corps (IMC). The panel drew on the region’s recent disasters (Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria) as examples of what needs to improve in the future, as all agreed with Stephane’s suggestion that there was a need
for better alert systems to warn of potential disasters earlier and strategies to reach people after the disaster, including those in rural areas. The discussion progressed to consider the financial burden after a disaster as Suzanne made the notable observation that there is “a need for humanitarian work to become more cost efficient as donor funds decrease and disasters increase”, and as Haris presented the idea of governments’ having an allotted budget for when disaster hits, so communities may recover quicker, and Richard called for “greater collaboration between the public and private sector”. The Panel then moved into the event’s first audience Q&A session where it was asked “what is being done to improve the human development value?” – Suzanne noted that not enough is being done and that there is a need for greater humanitarian reform, so that those affected are able to receive resources quicker. Following the first panel, delegates were able to enjoy a selection of pastries, tea and coffee during a Networking Break, before heading back for a special Keynote Address from FEMA Operational Coordination Division Director, Mr. Justo ‘Tito’ Hernandez, who chronicled FEMA’s engagement and the region’s historic year (2017) as they faced record rainfall, 6.5 million evacuations and over 3 million people being left without power for over 30 days. Reacting to these disasters, FEMA were able to house 89,917 families in hotels and 3,562 families in manufactured housing, and hope to
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make their programs clearer and easier to understand, build a culture of preparedness, and increase communities’ capacity moving forward (notably learning from the likes of CDEMA and CEPREDENAC).
light of many Puerto Ricans leaving after Hurricane Maria. William stated that using local specialists and training members of the community to build resilience is one small but effective way of combatting this issue.
After Justo’s eye-opening and comprehensive presentation, the discussions resumed with Panel Two: Operations Response & Recovery, focused on Cohesive Approaches, Communications, Readjustment & Rehabilitation, & Essentials (power/ energy, WaSH, shelter & food). ADR18 Silver Sponsor and General Director of Red 52, Sergio Murillo, began the next session by first commending the efforts of all organisations involved in the rescue mission of recent disasters before welcoming back Justo Hernandez, Alberto Cabrera, Team Leader – Disaster Management Support of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), William Daley, Emergency Response Manager of Americares, Eduardo Gutiérrez Gaslin, Sub Regional Manager for CAM of USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) Regional Disaster Assistance Program (RDAP) and Mr. Marc-Andre Prost, Head Social Protection and Nutrition of the UN World Food Programme (WFP). Marc tackled the importance of preparedness by informing the audience of the necessary planning, logistics, risk assessments and knowledge sharing that WFP arrange, as Justo Hernandez added that better infrastructure is first needed before they can further the discussion on resilience. The conversation on recovery was subsequently led by Alberto who stated that “cash transfers help restart the economy and begin the recovery process quicker”, as Eduardo agreed and emphasised the critical need for a close relationship between organisations and the local community in order to rebuild effectively. To add to this, William took a unique perspective, with a focus on the significant role of mental health in paving the road to recovery. As we moved to the Q&A segment, one audience member asked a particularly topical question regarding how to stop mass migration in
Colon Miller, Global Director Humanitarian & Government Programs of Volga Dnepr Airlines Chaired Panel Three: Logistics Fundamentals & Trends for the Future, discussing Regional Coordination & Movement, Secure Delivery and Transportation. Colon was joined by José Agustín Donderis Miranda, Director General of Sistema Nacional de Protecion Civil (SINAPROC) Republic of Panama, Francisco Quesada, UNHRD Manager of the UN Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) / WFP, Belkacem Machane, Regional Supply Chain Advisor of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and Eduardo Luis Aguilar Flores, Official Situation of the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (CONRED) Guatemala. The panellists considered the logistical implications of an unintegrated region and the idea of there being ‘two Caribbeans’, British and Spanish segments. Francisco first noted “the separation between LATAM and the Caribbean has created a logistical nightmare” and saw language and culture as one of the biggest barriers to overcome, prompting a short anecdote from José of a delayed relief response due to needed equipment being held in customs and a lack of coordination. In furthering the discussion, Colon enquired “how does the private sector better assist relief efforts in the future?” Belkacem suggested to “invite the private sector to be a part of the emergency relief efforts” so that they can help with transportation and increase the current capacity to save lives, in addition to Eduardo’s comments that private enterprise is sorely needed to overcome a crisis. Colon closed by facilitating the final Q&A session of the morning’s discussion before Conference Chair, Andria Grosvenor summarised each panel and gave her closing remarks of the morning.
Federico Benavides, International Organization for Migration (IOM); Zachary Clancy, HELP.NGO / Global Disaster Immediate Response Team (DIRT); Julian Alberto Garcia Roman, Emergency Operations Center (COE) Dominican Republic and Jocelyn Lance, EU’s European Civil Protection & Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) After a delightful lunch of Panamanian cuisine, the second half of Tuesday’s Action on Disaster Relief 2018 commenced with the afternoon public-private sector Matchmaking Meetings. In the weeks leading up to the event, delegates were able to identify their preferred matchmaking meetings through GRV Global’s secure scheduling website. Pre-event, meeting schedules are finalised and confirmed to all participants in order to maximise potential outcomes of these valuable sessions. Tuesday afternoon featured more than 400 one-to-one meetings with many agencies taking back-to-back meetings throughout. It was, and still is, a new concept for the region - GRV Global’s personable format of 15-minute matchmaking meetings. Participants were quick to identify their potential value and praised their efficiency. All whilst sponsors were able to also take meetings/showcase their products and services through their exhibition booths. Whilst in Panama City, many for the very first time, GRV Global wanted to ensure participants experienced the Panamanian culture. Hence, all participants were invited to enjoy a Cultural Dinner at the American Trade Hotel Rooftop Restaurant, in Panama City’s charming old town – Casco Viejo. In a relaxed, casual setting, event participants enjoyed an evening of Panamanian cuisine and refreshments, whilst being serenaded 10
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by a traditional local singer/group. It proved an ideal opportunity for all to reflect on the day’s talking points whilst continuing the discussions they had already started during the afternoon meeting sessions.
Day Three: Wednesday 7th February
The final day of Action on Disaster Relief 2018 began with further networking and tea & coffee. Commencing proceedings, Official Conference Chair, Andria Grosvenor, took a moment to highlight some of the event’s major talking points thus far, and those set to be discussed on the panels ahead, trusting that everyone had duly enjoyed the previous evening’s Cultural Dinner in Panama’s Casco Viejo. Before handing over to the first panel Chair of the day, delegates enjoyed a video conference presentation by the Global VSAT Forum’s (GVF) Global Disaster Preparedness Initiatives Coordinator, Mr. Riaz Lamak, who spoke of the importance and changing nature of technology and satellites to increase communications – giving an insight into the ‘U.S. Pacific Command’s Multinational Communications Interoperability Program (MCIP) and the HARD Community (Humanitarian Assistance & Disaster Relief)’. Follow up questions were answered by fellow GVF member and Director of AQYR Sales & Marketing, Rory Eddings.
Dr. Carlos Manuel Gómez, Administrator of the Regional Logistics Centre for Humanitarian Assistance (CLRAH), of Panama’s Ministry of Government, shared an additional presentation on the vision of the Panama Humanitarian Hub as a logistics centre of excellence that will strengthen the capacity of national and regional systems throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, setting an example for others to follow. After these two engaging presentations, followed Panel Four: Technology for Disaster Relief, discussing Knowledge, Advancements, Identification, Monitoring, Training and Implementation & Delivery. The Panel Chair, Jorge Garcia-DelaTorre, Senior Solutions Engineer of Crossmatch was joined by Federico Benavides, Disaster Recovery Manager of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Zachary Clancy, Vice President and Director of Information Technology of HELP.NGO / Global Disaster Immediate Response Team (DIRT), Jocelyn Lance, Resilience & Rapid Response Coordinator for LAC of the EU’s European Civil Protection & Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), and Julian Alberto Garcia Roman, Sub Director of the Emergency Operations Center (COE) Dominican Republic. The importance of satellite technology was discussed from all areas; from the ability to quickly communicate with families during a disaster, as mentioned by Zach, to being able to collect better data on displaced persons as stated in a short video on Displacement Tracking Matrix by Federico. Julian touched on the need for political engagement and emphasized that “satellite technology is vital for preparedness and effective response”, urging governments to move out of the ‘dark ages’ and modernise. Lastly, after a short presentation on the COPERNICUS Emergency Management Service, Jocelyn shared the geospatial capabilities that Corpernicus EMS – mapping provides, which can be used for analysis in the decision-making processes of emergency managers (free of charge to any
Dr. Carlos Manuel Gómez, Administrator, Regional Logistics Center for Humanitarian Assistance (CLRAH), Ministry of Government; Republic of Panama entity). This was followed by an engaging Q&A audience session that touched on data collection and blockchain technology, before Zach was asked how DIRT handle network regulation and whether he received any ‘push back’ from cellular systems – to which he responded that he was surprised how cooperative AT&T and T-Mobile have been in being able to use their network in times of crisis. The morning’s Networking Tea & Coffee Break gave delegates the opportunity to discuss the previous talks and presentations, before heading back in for Panel Five: Communications - Advanced Solutions & their Impact on Current & Future Disaster Preparedness & Relief which took a slightly different approach, as session Chair Simon Gray, Senior VP of Humanitarian Affairs at Eutelsat and Director of the GVF asked pointed questions on the positions of stakeholders in the advanced communications solutions ecosystem. Issues such as the latest satellite technologies & mission-applicable wireless technology hybrids, stakeholder collaborations & the UN Crisis Connectivity Charter, NGO initiatives, and government disaster preparedness www.gr vglobal.com
POST-EVENT REPORT & relief policy & strategic readiness were addressed by Sergio Murillo, General Director of Red 52, Gabriela Alvarado, Regional IT Officer of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), Rory Eddings, Director of Sales & Marketing of AQYR and Rodrigo Robles, Programme Officer of the UN International Telecommunications Union (ITU). Simon opened with a video on low cost antenna kits that do not require formal training and take less than 5 minutes to install before engaging the panel to share their experiences in ‘disaster relief’. The need for continued technological development was a reoccurring theme as Gabriel stated that technology will need to evolve with the current trend of more frequent disasters, a sentiment Rory shared as he spoke of the new larger systems that AQYR had developed in order to support the region more effectively. Communication, as with all panels, has also remained a central topic as Rodrigo insisted that all levels of society need to be engaged from the initial stage of preparedness for a comprehensive response to save lives. In addition, Sergio commented that “more locally trained technicians would speed up response efforts”, which was echoed in the final remark from the Panel Chair himself, that things need to be made simpler with more training. Conference Chair Andria asked all delegates up on their feet, and smiling with a short dance interlude before
moving into the final conference session, Panel Six: Health & Humanitarian Emergencies, discussing Prevention Measures, Inclusiveness/Access, Sanitation, Populations, & Protection. This final panel was Chaired by Dr. Gregg Keen, International Business Development of Sawyer Products and welcomed Aloysius (Luis) Pereira, Regional Humanitarian Emergency Affairs Director of World Vision LACRO, Juan Camilo Pinzón, Regional Humanitarian Coordinator - LAC region of Save the Children International, Jose Felix Rodriguez, Senior Migration Officer of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Kate Spring, Liaison Officer of UNAIDS Latin America & the Caribbean Regional Office, and Lorenzo Alonso Barraza Serracin, Disaster Management Consultant of the Pan American Health Organization/ World Health Organization (PAHO/ WHO). Gregg spoke for the panel as he mentioned the need to “make sure the
most vulnerable in society are not overlooked during a crisis”, as Jose
pointed out that not everyone is treated the same in society. This was an issue Kate related in particular to HIV patients, calling for better preparation to ensure patients are able to get much-needed treatment. As the discussion progressed, Juan and Lorenzo shared the idea that saving lives remained in advocating the importance of health before a disaster, by ensuring
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coordination within the national health service and international clusters. The final Q&A session focused on the challenges to the healthcare system which the panel saw to be gaps in capacity, resilient infrastructure, access to resources such as food and water, and a government that will ensure this is all provided. The event’s morning plenary sessions were concluded with a Closing Ceremony. Our greatly valued Conference Chair, Andria Grosvenor, Planning & Business Development Manager of CDEMA, thanked all participants for their time and for helping to make GRV Global’s third Action on Disaster Relief forum another huge success. Ms. Grosvenor recapped some of the more important discussion points raised across two days, including the need to have better future planning and preparedness, to remember and protect the most vulnerable in society, and to focus on improving communication and logistics. She went on to offer her sincere thanks to all the speakers for their informative and timely discussions, and acknowledged all the organisation that aided the recent hurricane response, before extending her thanks once more to the Government of Panama, the GRV Global team and the organisations and agencies that ensured an interesting and enlightening few days. The audience were then treated to closing remarks from GRV Global CEO, Andrew Dowell, who firstly presented a small
gift as a token of appreciation to Ms. Grosvenor and CDEMA for their continued commitment and support of GRV Global and the Action on Disaster Relief series, before taking the time to also thank the Government of Panama for their consistent support, all participants for their time and commitment to the event’s format, the event’s valuable Sponsors and also Airline Partner - COPA Airlines, and to all of the local suppliers for helping GRV present a world-class event for the LAC region. Finally, Andrew Dowell invited all participants to join GRV Global at the upcoming Resilient Infrastructure Forum (RIF), to be held in Florida on the 20th & 21st June 2018. Although the Closing Ceremony had been held, there was still an afternoon of publicprivate sector Matchmaking Meetings to follow a Networking Lunch Break. Once again, GRV Global’s structured one-to-one meetings format was held in high regard. Close to a further 350 meetings were held across the afternoon. Sadly, it was almost time for participants to say their goodbyes and prepare to leave Panama however, there was a renewed hope that the region could achieve better preparedness, disaster risk reduction and relief. Not only had delegates been able to hear directly from the region’s leading disaster agencies and governments, but they had been able to meet them personally, discuss potential solutions and create lasting collaborations for the future… Until Action on Disaster Relief 2019! www.gr vglobal.com
CONFERENCE AGENDA Monday 5 February
Gran Salón Contadora, Wyndham Panama Albrook Mall 12:00 – 14:00 P RE-EVENT REGISTRATION Ahead of the afternoon’s Site Visit, event participants must complete registration (hotel lobby) and collect their event access pass (business card & photo I.D. number required) in order to gain access to the Panamá Pacífico International Airport area. 14:00 - 17:00 EMERGENCY TELECOMMUNICATIONS CLUSTER (ETC) MEETING (INVITATION ONLY) The Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) is a global network of organisations, led by the UN World Food Programme (WFP), that work together to provide shared communications services in humanitarian emergencies. Action on Disaster Relief 2018 presents an invitation-only Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) meeting hosted by WFP with participation from ETC partners such as NetHope, UNDP, WVI, UNICEF, Save the Children, the Global VSAT Forum (GVF) and its members. This unique afternoon will look at i) recent Caribbean relief efforts involving the ETC, ii) emergency telecoms solutions used in the field, and iii) working together to strengthen preparedness. The meeting will be an opportunity to build relationships and share experiences with communication technology stakeholders working in emergency preparedness and response. 14:00 - 17:00 S ITE VISIT - REGIONAL LOGISTICS CENTRE FOR HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (CLRAH) & UN HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE DEPOT (UNHRD) Event participants are invited to visit* the site of Panama’s new Regional Logistics Centre for Humanitarian Logistics; an initiative of the Government of Panama that aims to incorporate emergency operations of several actors into one integrated modern logistics facility. The Centre is being implemented by UNOPS, under the direction of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and in coordination with IFRC, WFP, and SINAPROC Panama. Delegates will observe the on-site construction progress being made (phase 2 scheduled for completion Mar-May 2018), be shown the new area reserved for privatesector operations, and visit WFP’s operational UN Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD, one of only six in the world) at the Panamá Pacífico International Airport.
* all visitors require photo identification and closed, sturdy shoes.
14:00 - 14:30 Transportation departs the Wyndham Panama Albrook Mall Hotel 14:30 - 15:30 Regional Logistics Centre Construction Site Visit 15:30 - 16:30 WFP UNHRD Visit 16:30 - 17:00 Transportation back to the Wyndham Panama Albrook Mall Hotel 17:00 - 19:00 P RE-EVENT REGISTRATION Event participants may complete registration by collecting their delegate pack & event access pass (business card required). Sponsors are also asked to setup their exhibition booth. 19:00 - 21:00 EVENING NETWORKING RECEPTION - LOBBY BAR An ‘ice-breaker’ opportunity for event participants to meet and discuss the two days ahead in a relaxed and informal setting, whilst enjoying a range of canapés and refreshments.
CONFERENCE AGENDA Tuesday 6 February
Gran Salón Contadora, Wyndham Panama Albrook Mall 08:00 – 09:00 NETWORKING REGISTRATION Event participants may complete registration by collecting their delegate pack & event access pass whilst networking and enjoying tea & coffee (business card required). Sponsors are also asked to arrive early in order to setup their exhibition booth (if not completed Monday evening). 09:00 – 09:25 OPENING CEREMONY Prof. Jamal Saghir, Non-Executive Advisory Board Member GRV Global
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Conference Chair Andria Grosvenor, Planning and Business Devleopment Manager Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) 09:25 – 09:40 KEYNOTE ADDRESS: CEPREDENAC Contributions to Safe Investment Against Disaster Risk, Complying with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Roy Barboza Sequeira, Executive Secretary Coordination Center for the Prevention of Natural Disasters in Central America (CEPREDENAC) 09:40 – 09:55
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: verview on the White Helmets Initiative O Vanesa A Romani, Secretary Argentina Embassy Embassy of Argentina in Panama
09:55 – 10:55 PANEL DISCUSSION: OPERATIONS - DISASTER RISK REDUCTION (DRR), PREPAREDNESS & RESILIENCE Discussing Analysis & Regional Trends, Mitigation, Geospatial (predictions/ warnings), & Scalable Solutions. 09:55 – 10:05 Panel Chair: Bo Martin Tell, MD Recotech Richard Barathe, Director Regional Hub UN Development Programme (UNDP) Stephane De Rengerve, Country Manager - Honduras American Red Cross Haris Sanahuja, Senior Disaster Risk Management Specialist World Bank Group (LAC Region) Suzanne Gosling, Director of Global Technical Unit International Medical Corps (IMC) 10:45 – 10:55
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NETWORKING TEA & COFFEE BREAK
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FEMA 2017: A Historic Year Justo “Tito” Hernandez, Operational Coordination Division, Director U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) DHS
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11:40 – 12:40 PANEL DISCUSSION: OPERATIONS - RESPONSE & RECOVERY Discussing Cohesive Approaches, Communications, Readjustment & Rehabilitation, & Essentials (power/energy, WaSH, shelter & food). 11:40 – 11:50 Panel Chair: Sergio Murillo, Director, Red 52 Justo “Tito” Hernandez, Operational Coordination Division, Director U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) DHS Alberto Cabrera, Team Leader – Disaster Management Support International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) William Daley, Emergency Response Manager, Americares Eduardo Gutiérrez Gaslin, Sub Regional Manager for CAM Regional Disaster Assistance Program (RDAP), USAID Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) Marc-Andre Prost, Head Social Protection and Nutrition UN World Food Programme (WFP) 12:30 – 12:40
PANEL DISCUSSION; QUESTION & ANSWER SESSION
12:40 – 13:40 PANEL DISCUSSION: LOGISTICS - FUNDAMENTALS & TRENDS FOR THE FUTURE Discussing regional coordination & movement, secure delivery, and transportation. anel Chair: Colon Miller, Global Director Humanitarian P & Government Programs, Volga Dnepr Airlines José Agustín Donderis Miranda, Director General Sistema Nacional de Proteccion Civil (SINAPROC); Republic of Panama Francisco Quesada, UNHRD Manager UN Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) / WFP Belkacem Machane, Regional Supply Chain Advisor UN World Food Programme (WFP) Eduardo Luis Aguilar Flores, Official Situation National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (CONRED); Guatemala 12:30 – 12:40
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13:40 – 15:00 NETWORKING LUNCH BREAK 15:00 – 18:00 DISASTER RELIEF MATCHMAKING MEETINGS Afternoon session devoted to one-to-one matchmaking meetings between Government, UN/International Disaster Agency and NGO stakeholders, and leading local, regional and global operators. Schedules are prearranged to provide a unique opportunity to discuss disaster reduction, response and relief solutions across the Americas & Caribbean region. 19:30 - 22:00 CULTURAL DINNER: AMERICAN TRADE HOTEL ROOFTOP, CASCO VIEJO An Cultural Dinner overlooking Panama’s beautiful Casco Viejo (Old Town) welcoming the Official Delegation and all Event attendees; enjoying local food, refreshments and entertainment. An ideal opportunity for further networking and to discuss the day’s talking points. Transport will depart from the Wyndham Panama Albrook Mall Hotel Lobby at 7:30pm, returning back to the Hotel at 10pm.
CONFERENCE AGENDA Wednesday 7 February
Gran Salón Contadora, Wyndham Panama Albrook Mall 08:30 – 09:00 NETWORKING REGISTRATION Event participants may complete registration by collecting their delegate pack & event access pass whilst networking and enjoying tea & coffee (business card required). 09:00 – 09:10
DAY TWO WELCOMING REMARKS
Conference Chair Andria Grosvenor, Planning and Business Devleopment Manager Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) 09:10 – 09:25 VIDEO CONFERENCE ADDRESS U.S. Pacific Command’s Multinational Communications Interoperability Program (MCIP) and the HARD Community (Humanitarian Assistance & Disaster Relief) Riaz Lamak, Coordinator, Global Disaster Preparedness Initiatives Global VSAT Forum (GVF) 09:25 – 09:40
r. Carlos Manuel Gómez, Administrator, Regional Logistics Center for Humanitarian D Assistance (CLRAH) Ministry of Government; Republic of Panama
09:40 – 10:40 PANEL DISCUSSION: TECHNOLOGY FOR DISASTER RELIEF Discussing Knowledge, Advancements, Identification, Monitoring, Training, Implementation & Delivery. 09:40 – 09:50 Panel Chair: Jorge Garcia-DelaTorre, Senior Solutions Engineer Crossmatch Federico Benavides, Disaster Recovery Manager IOM Regional Office for Central, North America & the Caribbean Zachary Clancy, Vice President; Director of Information Technology HELP.NGO / Global Disaster Immediate Response Team (DIRT) Jocelyn Lance, Resilience & Rapid Response Coordinator for LAC European Civil Protection & Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) Julian Alberto Garcia Roman, Sub COE Director Emergency Operations Center (COE); Dominican Republic 10:30 – 10:40
PANEL DISCUSSION; QUESTION & ANSWER SESSION
10:40 – 11:10
NETWORKING TEA & COFFEE BREAK
11:10 – 12:10 PANEL DISCUSSION: COMMUNICATIONS - ADVANCED SOLUTIONS & THEIR IMPACT ON CURRENT & FUTURE DISASTER PREPAREDNESS & RELIEF Guided questions, from the Chair to each of the panellists, in respect of their respective stakeholder positions in the advanced communications solutions ecosystem - user, provider, or variously, both - with particular reference to the countries of the Americas and lessons that have & can be learned from recent disasters across the region. Issues to be addressed will include: latest satellite technologies & mission-applicable wireless technology hybrids, stakeholder collaborations & the UN Crisis Connectivity Charter, NGO initiatives, and government disaster preparedness & relief policy & strategic readiness.
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11:10 – 11:20 Panel Chair: Simon Gray, Senior VP of Humanitarian Affairs & Director GVF, Eutelsat Sergio Murillo, Director, Red 52 Gabriela Alvarado, Regional IT Adviser UN World Food Programme (WFP) Rory Eddings, Director of Sales & Marketing, AQYR Rodrigo Robles, Programme Officer UN International Telecommunications Union (ITU) 12:00 – 12:10 PANEL DISCUSSION; QUESTION & ANSWER SESSION 12:10 – 13:10 PANEL DISCUSSION: HEALTH & HUMANITARIAN EMERGENCIES Discussing Prevention Measures, Inclusiveness/Access, Sanitation, Populations, & Protection. 12:00 – 12:10 Panel Chair: Dr. Gregg Keen International Business Development, Sawyer Products R
Aloysius (Luis) Pereira, Regional Humanitarian Emergency Affairs Director World Vision LACRO Juan Camilo Pinzón, Regional Humanitarian Coordinator - LAC region Save the Children International Jose Felix Rodriguez, Senior Migration Officer International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Kate Spring, Liaison Officer UNAIDS Latin America & the Caribbean Regional Office Lorenzo Alonso Barraza Serracin, Disaster Management Consultant Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) 13:00 – 13:10
PANEL DISCUSSION; QUESTION & ANSWER SESSION
13:10 – 13:25
Conference Chair Andria Grosvenor, Planning and Business Devleopment Manager Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA)
Andrew Dowell, CEO, GRV Global
13:25 - 14:30
NETWORKING LUNCH BREAK
14:30 - 17:30 DISASTER RELIEF MATCHMAKING MEETINGS Afternoon session devoted to one-to-one matchmaking meetings between Government, UN/International Disaster Agency and NGO stakeholders, and leading local, regional and global operators. Schedules are prearranged to provide a unique opportunity to discuss disaster reduction, response and relief solutions across the Americas & Caribbean region.
ACTION ON DISASTER RELIEF 2018
IN PICTURES Regional Logistics Hub & UNHRD Site Visit; Panamaâ€™s Hub approaching Phase 2 completion
Regional Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) Meeting; WFP hosting regional VIPs, discussing shared communications services in humanitarian emergencies
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High-level Plenary Sessions with Q&A; Government, UN & Disaster Agencies, and NGOs discussing experiences, programmes and solutions
ACTION ON DISASTER RELIEF 2018
IN PICTURES Matchmaking Meeting Sessions; 1-2-1 publicprivate sector engagement, personalised schedules, and contracting opportunities
Social Functions & Networking; informal discussion & contact making, entertainment, fun and cultural
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Exhibition Booths; dedicated displays, demonstrations, training sessions, and meetings
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“Could be good to break up the panel discussions with 1hr matchmaking sessions i.e. alternate but a very professional, well organised conference with helpful staff.” Suzanne Gosling – International Medical Corps (IMC)
“Congratulations on great organisation, super job! Choice of panels was excellent, Andria Grosvenor ‘delivered’ (Conference Chair). The model allowing great networking opportunities is well-balanced.” Kate Spring – UNAIDS LAC Regional Office
“The most relevant event for disaster preparedness and relief in the region.” Sergio Murillo – RED 52
“Good organisation, matchmaking meetings were interesting. GRV Team did an excellent job.” Ramesh Bapat – Techno Relief Ltd. “I enjoyed the conference very much. It was so well organized, and the accommodations were wonderful. All details were accounted for and I really enjoyed meeting so many high-level contacts as well as all the members of GRV Global.” Susan Cymbor, Skycasters LLC.
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“Once again the event/conference was very good and well organised, the discussed themes were very helpful. The networking with the different stakeholders and actors was encouraging and helped me to build up relations which can and will help me in the future, in different tasks and challenges in disaster relief.” Carlos Waldow - EBM International “Congratulations for the organisation of the event in Panama. Great panels and presentations and roundtable systems integration.” Stephane De Rengerve - American Red Cross
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“It is my first ADR and it has been an eye-opening experience. To know that so many people care and that we can help to provide service and volunteers. I know that I will personally contact the NGOs here to learn more about their work.” Marisu Garces – Dell
“I wanted to congratulate the team for organising a very successful conference, as always. It was a pleasure seeing so many British companies participate.”
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Saad Ishtiaq - British Chamber of Commerce Panama “It has been a good networking experience - the Tuesday dinner was lovely. All-in-all well done.” Kevin Weir - Aitheras Aviation Group, LLC
product. The roundtable meetings were very useful - we received many very valuable contacts. There were nice events too i.e. both bus trips to the Logistics Center/UNHDR and the cultural dinner.” Bengt Melin - Prime Design Sweden AB
“The event was a great opportunity to see how we can better work together and better prepare and respond to the ongoing emergencies. We definitely got a lot out of it, lots of new opportunities we can continue to build on.” Gabriela Alvarado - UN World Food Programme (WFP)
“It was a pleasure to represent the President of White Helmets, Ambassador Daneri, in this important event. It was really very well organized and interesting! The afternoon meetings were very productive.” Vanesa A. Romani – Embassy of Argentina in Panama (White Helmets Commission)
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LIST OF ROUNDTABLES TABLE NO. 1
MINISTRY/ORGANISATION NAME Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA)
2 Coordination Center for the Prevention of Natural Disasters in Central America (CEPREDENAC) 3
Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Republic of Panama
4 Sistema Nacional de Proteccion Civil (SINAPROC); Republic of Panama 5 USAID Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) 6 U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) DHS 7 Emergency Operations Center (COE); Dominican Republic 8 National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (CONRED); Guatemala 9 White Helmets Commission; Argentina 10 Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) 11 American Red Cross 12 International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) 13
UN Childrenâ€™s Fund (UNICEF)
UN Development Programme (UNDP)
UN Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) / WFP
UN World Food Programme (WFP)
UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS)
HELP.NGO / Global Disaster Immediate Response Team (DIRT)
Save the Children International
World Vision LACRO
International Medical Corps (IMC)
23 Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) 24
UNAIDS Latin America & the Caribbean Regional Office
UN International Telecommunications Union (ITU)
IOM Regional Office for Central, North America & the Caribbean
Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO); LAC
European Civil Protection & Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO)
World Bank Group (LAC Region)
British Chamber of Commerce Panama
ROUNDTABLE PROFILES AMERICAN RED CROSS The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. Through its strong network of volunteers, donors and partners, the American Red Cross is always there in times of need. We aspire to turn compassion into action so that all people affected by disaster across the country and around the world receive care, shelter and hope; our communities are ready and prepared for disasters; everyone in our country has access to safe, lifesaving blood and blood products; all members of our armed services and their families find support and comfort whenever needed; and in an emergency, there are always trained individuals nearby, ready to use their Red Cross skills to save lives. The American Red Cross is part of a global network dedicated to relieving human suffering. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is made up from 190 individual National Societies dedicated to the Fundamental Principles of Humanity, Neutrality, Impartiality, Independence, Voluntary Service, Unity and Universality. Around 17 million Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers play an essential role in supporting their communities throughout the world. AMERICARES Americares is a health-focused relief and development organization that saves lives and improves health for people affected by poverty or disaster. Each year, Americares reaches an average of 90 countries and all 50 U.S. states with life-changing health programs, medicine and medical supplies. In addition, Americares emergency response team responds to an average of 30 natural disasters and humanitarian crises worldwide each year, establishes long-term recovery projects and brings disaster preparedness programs to vulnerable communities. Americares relief workers are among the first to respond to emergencies and stay as long as needed, helping to restore health services for survivors. BRITISH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PANAMA The British Chamber of Commerce Panama was established in 2012 with the aim of furthering trade promotion between Panama and the UK. Our membership represents a variety of sectors from legal and tax services to mining. We are a complement to the trade activities carried out by our partners in UK Trade and Investment and the British Embassy in Panama. Our Mission is to provide members with business opportunities between Panama and the UK through events, seminars and connections, whilst our vision is to be the preferred business network representing British commercial interests in Panama.
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CARIBBEAN DISASTER EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY (CDEMA) The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) is a regional inter-governmental agency for disaster management in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and comprises 18 Participating States. The Agency was established in 1991 as CDERA (Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency) with primary responsibility for the coordination of emergency response and relief efforts to Participating States that require such assistance. It transitioned to CDEMA in 2009 to fully embrace the principles and practice of Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM). CDM is an integrated and proactive approach to disaster management and seeks to reduce the risk and loss associated with natural and technological hazards and the effects of climate change to enhance regional sustainable development. The CDEMA, being the regional disaster management body, serves as facilitator, driver, coordinator and motivating force for the promotion and engineering of Comprehensive Disaster Management in all Participating States. COORDINATION CENTER FOR THE PREVENTION OF NATURAL DISASTERS IN CENTRAL AMERICA (CEPREDENAC) The Executive Secretariat of CEPREDENAC negotiates, advises and manages regional programs, implemented through national fund and international cooperation. The Programs and Projects Portfolio are constantly updated and has been established according to needs and priorities, in consultation with national authorities. CEPREDENAC’s coordination model is base on optimizing resources, fostering Disaster Risk Management institutionalization in all sectors. EBM INTERNATIONAL EBM International is a mission organization where Protestant Christians (Baptists) from 28 countries are jointly engaged in world mission. Our vision: “sharing God´s transforming love that people live in hope” The aim of our common mission is to help people in their spiritual and material needs. Where God’s Good News is told people will be helped in their basic needs. Where social projects are implemented God’s Good News is proclaimed. EBM International is engaged in Africa (8 countries), Latin America (5 countries), India, Turkey, and Portugal. In our social engagement in Latin America, children and families in need are one of our chief aims. EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER (COE); DOMINICAN REPUBLIC The Dominican Republic’s Emergency Operations Center (COE) sets to maintain permanent coordination among the institutions of the National System for the Prevention, Mitigation and Response to Disasters - to guarantee a timely response to emergency situations and disasters. COE provides an organized, timely and efficient response according to the needs derived from the adverse event, and ensures that actions aimed at mitigating the effects derived from the event are carried out through an adequate prioritization of response actions. COE also ensures that the process of making operational decisions is carried out based on up to date information and duly confirmed. To facilitate the tasks of attention, protection and assistance of the people affected by any event, and develop a system for collecting and processing information that allows decisions to be made according to the needs derived from the event.
ROUNDTABLE PROFILES EUROPEAN CIVIL PROTECTION & HUMANITARIAN AID OPERATIONS (ECHO) The European Commission aims to save and preserve life, prevent and alleviate human suffering and safeguard the integrity and dignity of populations affected by natural disasters and man-made crises. EU assistance, amounting to one of the world’s largest, is enshrined in the Treaty of Lisbon and supported by EU citizens an as expression of European solidarity with any person or people in need. With its headquarters in Brussels and a global network of field offices, the Commission’s European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations department ensures rapid and effective delivery of EU relief assistance through its two main instruments: civil protection and humanitarian aid. By bringing the two together under one roof in 2010, the Commission has built up a more robust and effective European mechanism for disaster response both inside and outside the EU. FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UN (FAO); LAC The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Its goal is to achieve food security for all and make sure that people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. With over 194 member states, FAO works in over 130 countries worldwide. FAO creates and shares critical information about food, agriculture and natural resources in the form of global public goods. But this is not a one-way flow. FAO plays a connector role, through identifying and working with different partners with established expertise, and facilitating a dialogue between those who have the knowledge and those who need it. By turning knowledge into action, FAO links the field to national, regional and global initiatives in a mutually reinforcing cycle. By joining forces, we facilitate partnerships for food and nutrition security, agriculture and rural development between governments, development partners, civil society and the private sector. Everyone can play a part in ending hunger. Join FAO in creating a #ZeroHunger world. HELP.NGO / GLOBAL DISASTER IMMEDIATE RESPONSE TEAM (DIRT) The mission of Global Disaster Immediate Response Team (DIRT) is to fill the void that exists between the time of a disaster’s occurrence and that of the traditional response effort. The international non-governmental organization utilizes the Special Force’s small unit leadership model, combining its allvolunteer force of first responders, subject matter experts, and prior service military personnel to respond within the first 24-48 hours of a disaster. Volunteers provide medical assistance, communications access, search and rescue capabilities, and coordination support. Global DIRT is able to insert into a disaster or post-disaster situation with key equipment and knowledge, thus limiting the loss of life, property, and resources, all while operating efficiently to ensure that every donor dollar contributes to mission success.
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INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF RED CROSS AND RED CRESCENT SOCIETIES (IFRC) The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest humanitarian network, with 190 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and around 17 million volunteers. IFRC works to strengthen and accompany National Societies, so that they may better address current and future challenges. We support coordination of the global Red Cross and Red Crescent network before, during and after disasters and crises. Together, we reach more than 160 million people with life-saving and life-changing support annually. INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL CORPS (IMC) International Medical Corps is an international humanitarian nongovernmental organisation (NGO). International Medical Corps mission is to provide humanitarian assistance, healthcare and training to communities affected by disasters, conflict and poverty and ensure self-reliance. We provide emergency relief often within hours to those hit by disaster. International Medical Corps works in a variety of sectors, these include health, MHPSS, WASH, GBV, Food security and livelihoods, Nutrition and NFI/Shelter. We work in 32 countries globally. IOM REGIONAL OFFICE FOR CENTRAL AND NORTH AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN The International Organization for Migration is an intergovernmental organization established in 1951, and is committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society. Within its Migration Health Division, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) delivers and promotes comprehensive, preventive and curative health programs which are beneficial, accessible, and equitable for migrants and mobile populations. Bridging the needs of both migrants and IOM’s member states, the Migration Health Division contributes towards the physical, mental and social well-being of migrants, enabling them and host communities to achieve social and economic development. MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS; REPUBLIC OF PANAMA The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Panama is in charge of diplomatic communications with other States and subjects of international law. It conducts a foreign policy representing its citizens in the international sphere, serving the country’s development according to the global sustainable development agenda, promoting international dialogue to build peace.
ROUNDTABLE PROFILES NATIONAL COORDINATOR FOR DISASTER REDUCTION (CONRED); GUATEMALA The National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (CONRED) was created in 1996, as the entity in charge of preventing, mitigating, attending and participating in the rehabilitation and reconstruction of damages caused by the presence of disasters. Subsequently, the Executive Secretariat of the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (SE-CONRED) was established as the national body legally responsible for the Coordination for Disaster Risk Reduction, and has commitments and responsibilities at the national, regional and global levels under which it has taken concrete actions to promote the reduction of the impact of disasters which clearly effect sustainable development and increase poverty. To respond to an emergency or disaster, CONRED launches: Immediate Response Teams (ERI); Emergency Operations Center (COE); Incident Command System (SCI); and Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis (EDAN). The Secretary of CONRED, in view of the need to deal with the natural or provoked incidents to which we are exposed, prepares Plans, Prevention Systems and Procedures according to the common incident at a certain time of the year. NETHOPE NetHope empowers committed organizations to change the world through the power of technology. NetHope, a consortium of 50-plus leading global nonprofits, unites with technology companies and funding partners to design, fund, implement, adapt, and scale innovative approaches to solve development, humanitarian, and conservation challenges. Together, the NetHope community strives to transform the world, building a platform of hope for those who receive aid and those who deliver it. PAN AMERICAN HEALTH ORGANIZATION/WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (PAHO/WHO) The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), founded in 1902, is the world’s oldest international public health agency. It provides technical cooperation and mobilizes partnerships to improve health and quality of life in the countries of the Americas. PAHO is the specialized health agency of the inter-American system and serves as the Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO) body. Together with WHO, PAHO is a member of the United Nations system. SAVE THE CHILDREN INTERNATIONAL Save the Children comprises Save the Children International and 30 member organizations working to deliver change for children in around 120 countries. Save the Children International delivers programmes internationally to achieve the greatest possible impact for children. SC has UK based centre and seven regional offices throughout the world with members working together to campaign for better outcomes for children, and to deliver programmes at scale to support children. Save the Children has a new global strategy – ‘Ambition for Children 2030’. Our mission is as urgent and relevant as ever: more children are surviving and thriving than ever before, but millions of children are denied their most basic rights and unable to fulfil their potential. We will inspire three specific breakthroughs for children by 2030 through our work in all contexts; SURVIVE: No child dies from preventable causes before their fifth birthday, LEARN: All children learn from a quality basic education, and BE PROTECTED: Violence against children is no longer tolerated. 34
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ROUNDTABLE PROFILES SPANISH AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION (AECID) The Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) is Spanish Cooperation’s main management body, aimed at combating poverty and promoting sustainable human development. According to its Statute, the Agency was created to further the full exercise of development conceived as a fundamental human right, with the fight against poverty as part of the process for building this right. To this end, the Agency is currently following the guidelines of the Fourth Master Plan for Spanish Cooperation, and in a short time, those of the Fifth Master Plan that will be released during the first quarter of 2018. AECID’s vision is defined in its 2014-2017 Strategic Plan, based on the Agency’s contribution to: Achieving development results favoring poverty reduction, social cohesion, and equal rights for people in partner countries; Providing access to and protection of the essential rights of populations that fall victim to humanitarian crises; and Building a society aware of the importance of development. These strategic documents also focus on three important crosscutting pillars: gender perspective, environmental quality and respect for cultural diversity, in accordance with the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted in 2015, which will serve as a model for development planning global for the next 15 years. U.S. FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY (FEMA) DHS The Recovery Directorate provides the leadership necessary to deliver the core federal operational capabilities to support response and recovery operations, minimize survivor suffering, and to protect property in a timely and effective manner. To accomplish this mission, the Directorate is comprised of two programmatic and two support divisions. The Individual Assistance Division ensures that individuals and families who have been affected by disasters have access to a full range of programs in a timely manner. These programs include: the Individuals and Households Program, Crisis Counseling, Disaster Case Management, Disaster Legal Services, and Disaster Unemployment Assistance. The Public Assistance Division provides assistance to State, Local, Tribal and Territorial governments and certain types of private non-profit organizations so that communities can quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies declared by the President. The Division also encourages protection from future events by providing assistance and recommendations for hazard mitigation measures during the recovery process. The Recovery Technology Programs Division facilitates Directorate and partner missions through Information Technology governance, process improvement, stewardship, and innovative technologies. The Division increases operational efficiency through the application of cost effective, flexible, and sustainable technology solutions. The Reporting and Analytics Division makes data accessible in an integrated, timely, and accessible manner, increasing business intelligence and analytic capability across the enterprise. It produces targeted analytical products to inform Directorate-wide decision making, including budget formulation and execution.
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UN CHILDREN’S FUND (UNICEF) UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. In all of its work, UNICEF takes a life-cycle based approach, recognizing the particular importance of early childhood development and adolescence. UNICEF programmes focus on the most disadvantaged children, including those living in fragile contexts, those with disabilities, those who are affected by rapid urbanization and those affected by environmental degradation. Latin America and the Caribbean is considered the most unequal region in the world. While there have been notable development leaps that have improved the lives of some children, there remain staggering gaps that continue to leave millions of other children and their families at risk. UNICEF’s mission and mandate is of particular importance here, since more than 30% of the total population (634 million people) is under 18 years of age, and one third (70 million) of the region’s children and adolescents live in conditions of poverty. Although all countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and a great majority of them have adjusted, or are working to bring national legislation in line with the Convention, much remains to be done to implement these rights and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (ODS). Since the rights of children are not yet an integral part of the development agenda, and investment in children is still not usually a priority, a fundamental part of UNICEF work in Latin America and the Caribbean includes policy advocacy and partnerships to protect and promote children’s rights, and to put children at the center of public policy, laws and budgets.
UN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME (UNDP) UNDP works in more than 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. We help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results. This is a critical time for the world. At UNDP, we see this period as a huge opportunity to advance the global sustainable development agenda. In September 2015, world leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. UNDP is working to strengthen new frameworks for development, disaster risk reduction and climate change. We support countries’ efforts to achieve the new Sustainable Development Goals, or Global Goals, which will guide global development priorities through 2030. UNDP focuses on helping countries build and share solutions in three main areas: Sustainable development; Democratic governance and peacebuilding and Climate and disaster resilience. In all our activities, we encourage the protection of human rights and the empowerment of women, minorities and the poorest and most vulnerable. Across Latin America and the Caribbean, UNDP works mainly with governments, but also with civil society organisations and the private sector, developing national and local capacities and building stronger institutions that offer quality services for citizens.
ROUNDTABLE PROFILES UN HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE DEPOT (UNHRD) / WFP Assisting 80 million people in around 80 countries each year, the World Food Programme (WFP) is the leading humanitarian organization fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with governments and communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. As the international community has committed to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition by 2030, one in nine people worldwide still do not have enough to eat. Food and food-related assistance lie at the heart of the struggle to break the cycle of hunger and poverty. Two third of WFP’s work globally is in conflict affected countries where people are three times more likely to be Undernourished. However, recognizing the level of development in the Latin America and Caribbean region, WFP’s emphasis is largely on strengthening countries’ capacities. First to reduce the risk of disasters through stronger emergency preparedness mechanisms at community, sub-national, national and regional levels; than to strengthen community resilience to shocks and enhance communities and systems ability to adapt to climate change; and finally to ensure social protection systems are responsive to shocks to address timely and effectively growing food insecurity and malnutrition in times of crisis. UN INTERNATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS UNION (ITU) ITU is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies – ICTs. We allocate global radio spectrum and satellite orbits, develop the technical standards that ensure networks and technologies seamlessly interconnect, and strive to improve access to ICTs to underserved communities worldwide. ITU is committed to connecting all the world’s people – wherever they live and whatever their means. Through our work, we protect and support everyone’s fundamental right to communicate. Today, ICTs underpin everything we do. They help manage and control emergency services, water supplies, power networks and food distribution chains. They support health care, education, government services, financial markets, transportation systems, e-commerce platforms and environmental management. And they allow people to communicate with colleagues, friends and family anytime, and almost anywhere. With the help of our global membership, ITU brings the benefits of modern communication technologies to people everywhere in an efficient, safe, easy and affordable manner.
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UN OFFICE FOR PROJECT SERVICES (UNOPS) The UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. UNOPS has a presence in 23 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, concentrating its efforts in areas where we have a clear mandate and expertise: I. Sustainable Procurement II. Sustainable Infrastructure, and III. Project Management. UNOPS has supported Partners in Panama since 2007, providing a wide range of project management, infrastructure, procurement, human resource and advisory services. Projects focus on health, transportation, education, disaster risk reduction, water and sanitation and environmental sustainability. UNOPS is supporting the Government of Panama with the design and construction of a Humanitarian Hub for international emergency relief operations in the Americas and the Caribbean. UNOPS expands the capacity of UNDP with the provision of technical assistance for the Government of Panama, in improving the conditions of prison population, remodeling their infrastructures and incorporating structural elements of the UN minimum standards for the Treatment of Prisoners (Mandela Rules).
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ROUNDTABLE PROFILES UN WORLD FOOD PROGRAMME (WFP) Assisting 80 million people in around 80 countries each year, the World Food Programme (WFP) is the leading humanitarian organization fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. As the international community has committed to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition by 2030, one in nine people worldwide still do not have enough to eat. Food and food-related assistance lie at the heart of the struggle to break the cycle of hunger and poverty. On any given day, WFP has 5,000 trucks, 20 ships and 70 planes on the move, delivering food and other assistance to those in most need. Every year, we distribute approximately 12.6 billion rations at an estimated average cost per ration of US$ 0.31. These numbers lie at the roots of WFP’s unparalleled reputation as an emergency responder, one that gets the job done quickly at scale in the most difficult environments. WFP’s efforts focus on emergency assistance, relief and rehabilitation, development aid and special operations, where WFP are often first on the scene. Two-thirds of our work is in conflict-affected countries where people are three times more likely to be undernourished than those living in countries without conflict. UNAIDS LATIN AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN REGIONAL OFFICE The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) in Latin America and the Caribbean provides the strategic direction, advocacy, strategic information, analysis, coordination and technical support needed to catalyse regional leadership to achieve its shared vision of zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths. UNAIDS unites the efforts of 11 UN organizations— UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP, UNDP, UNFPA, UNODC, UN Women, ILO, UNESCO, WHO and the World Bank—and works closely with regional and national partners towards ending the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals. USAID OFFICE OF U.S. FOREIGN DISASTER ASSISTANCE (OFDA) The Latin America and Caribbean regional office of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/ OFDA) is located in San Jose, Costa Rica. As part of USAID’s Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA), USAID/OFDA provides humanitarian assistance to save lives, alleviate human suffering, and reduce the social and economic impact of humanitarian emergencies worldwide. USAID/OFDA is responsible for facilitating and coordinating U.S. Government emergency assistance overseas. USAID/OFDA responds to all types of natural disasters, including earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, cyclones, floods, droughts, fires, and pest infestations. USAID/OFDA also provides assistance when lives or livelihoods are threatened by catastrophes such as civil conflict, acts of terrorism, or industrial accidents. In addition to emergency assistance, USAID/OFDA funds mitigation activities to reduce the impact of recurrent natural hazards and provides training and technical assistance to build local capacity for disaster risk management and response.
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WHITE HELMETS COMMISSION; ARGENTINA White Helmets is the unit of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship in charge of designing and implementing humanitarian assistance of the Argentine Republic. It carries out its activities through a working model based on cooperation, solidarity and community participation. It is entirely integrated with civilian personnel and backed by a team of national and international volunteers. This Argentine Initiative sets into motion when called upon by the affected country or within the framework of an international humanitarian appeal, under the principles of impartiality, neutrality, independence and humanitarianism. Since its inception in 1994, White Helmets has carried out more than 286 humanitarian assistance missions in all five continents. Based upon its body of volunteers and the Sendai Framework for Action as a guide, the White Helmets Commission carries out four types of actions: Humanitarian assistance, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction, Comprehensive Risk Management and Resilience, and Actions on Argentine territory. WORLD BANK GROUP (LAC REGION) The World Bank Group has set two goals for the world to achieve by 2030: End extreme poverty by decreasing the percentage of people living on less than $1.90 a day to no more than 3%, and to Promote shared prosperity by fostering the income growth of the bottom 40% for every country. The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. We are not a bank in the ordinary sense but a unique partnership to reduce poverty and support development. The World Bank Group comprises five institutions managed by their member countries (The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), The International Development Association (ID), The International Finance Corporation (IFC), The Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), and The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID)). Established in 1944, the World Bank Group is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with 189 member countries, staff from more 170 countries (more than 10,000 employees), and offices in over 130 locations. The Latin America and the Caribbean region is growing again. However, the years of economic stagnation have halted social progress, and the LAC region needs to spur the economic recovery and find new engines of growth to reduce poverty and boost prosperity. WORLD VISION LACRO World Vision is a global Christian humanitarian, development and advocacy organisation dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by addressing the causes of poverty and injustice. Our Christian faith teaches us that children, regardless of gender, religion or race, are a precious gift to the entire world - and that their wellbeing concerns us all. We shall never rest while children suffer in situations that we can change. We bring life-saving support in times of disaster. We help poor communities to take charge of their futures. We provide small loans and training that boost family livelihoods. We work with policy makers to change the way the world works for children.
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Published on Mar 8, 2018