ROME -- Everyone gets it. We all know that working together we are stronger and that collaborating makes us more effective. The UN agencies and their partners in local and international NGOs and in national governments especially want to get this message across loud and clear when it comes down to being prepared to respond to emergencies as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Some of the best stories of working together to be better prepared to respond have just been published by the UN Inter-Agency Standing Committee’s own Sub-Working Group on Preparedness. The Group brings together all the UN’s humanitarian agencies with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the major international NGOs and is co-chaired by WFP and UNICEF. This is the Sub-Working Group’s first publication, called “Preparedness: Saves Time, Money and Lives.”The stories range from Samoa to Bhutan to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to Kyrgyzstan and look at the practical steps which humanitarians can take together to be better prepared for emergencies as well as the direction in which preparedness thinking is moving. There are best practice examples of regional as well as inter-agency co-operation and reports on how developments in new technology are helping with early warning and simulation training. “Preparedness: Saves Time, Money and Lives” is being formally launched at the third Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction being held in Geneva from the 8th – 13th May in Geneva. More than 2,000 people from governments, civil society, NGOs, humanitarian organisations, academia and the private sector are to attend the platform, which is convened by the UN’s International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, the UNISDR.
Preparedness: Saves Time, Money and Lives can be found on the IASC’s Humanitarian Early Warning Service HEWSweb, which is maintained by WFP. Click here