Asia Pacific Alliance – Sri Lanka

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CBi Regional Workshop for Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok, Thailand

CBi Regional Workshop for Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok, Thailand

May 25, 2023

The increasing impacts of climate change and natural hazards continue to be the main drivers of humanitarian needs in the Asia-Pacific region. From 2015 – 2021, disasters due to natural hazards affected more than 800 million people across the region, resulting in 53,000 deaths and damages of more than US$397 billion. Therefore, it is essential for local and national governments, the United Nations, and regional and international organizations to work with businesses and communities to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters.

The Connecting Business initiative (CBi) was established by UN-OCHA and the UNDP to promote strategic engagement with the private sector in preparation and response for emergencies. In line with this objective, the CBi conducted a two-day workshop gathering business leaders, government officials and humanitarian and development organizations from across the Asia and the Pacific to discuss how private sector power and resources could be harnessed to support effective disaster management initiatives. Close to 50 participants from 18 countries gathered to enhance meaningful private sector engagement in national and regional coordination mechanisms for disaster management in the Asia and the Pacific. Representing CBi Sri Lanka, Mr. Firzan Hashim, Country Director of A-PAD Sri Lanka was in attendance.

The workshop encouraged the exchange of good practices and lessons learned and facilitated dialogue on contemporary challenges for private sector engagement. The participants further identified mechanisms to enhance and scale up private sector operational engagement in disaster management. The workshop included interactive exercises such as mapping private sector initiatives and good practices which were led by Mr. Hashim of A-PAD SL. Such initiatives were related to engaging with the private sector in disaster risk reduction, preparedness and humanitarian coordination in Asia and the Pacific.

Successful completion of CBi Regional Workshop for Asia and the Pacific
Mr. Firzan Hashim, Country Director, A-PAD SL, presenting at the workshop
Ms. Rhiza Nery, Global Network Coordination Lead, OCHA-UNDP Connecting Business initiative
Participants presenting to the audience
Mr. Rene “Butch” Meily, President, Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF) and Mr. Firzan Hashim, Country Director, A-PAD SL
Representative of UNDP Sri Lanka presenting at the workshop
Sharing of points of intervention and outcomes of group activities
Marcus Werne, Regional Head of Office, UN OCHA Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
David McLachian-Karr, Regional Director for Asia-Pacific, United Nations Development Coordination Office (UN DCO)
Mr. Rene “Butch” Meily, President, Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF)
Participants sharing their insights on areas of intervention and private sector responses
Participants presenting case studies of Private Sector responses in Disaster Recovery
Mr. Kareem Elbayar, Programme Coordinator, , OCHA-UNDP Connecting Business initiative
Ms. (Nara) Huihua Hu, Digital Platforms and Knowledge Management Analyst, Ms. Shahnaz Radjy, Communications and Knowledge Management Officer and Ms. Florian Rhiza Nery, Network Coordination Specialist from the OCHA-UNDP Connecting Business initiative
Ms. Shahnaz Radjy, Communications and Knowledge Management Officer, OCHA-UNDP Connecting Business initiative