Private sector contributes to disaster risk reduction in the Americas and the Caribbean

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By: Guadalupe Natareno

UNDRR The Americas and the Caribbean

PANAMA CITY, Panama, November 28, 2018. In December 2017 the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) launched a call for submission of good practices from the Private Sector in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). The focus is on how this sector is engaged in DRR in the Americas and the Caribbean region. A total of 33 private-sector companies and organizations from North, Central and South America and the Caribbean took part in the conversation, resulting in the systemization of good practices that illustrate how the private sector is contributing to the implementation of DRR and resilience.

The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 emphasizes how the public sector and the private sector can work together in disaster risk reduction. It, thereby, specifies the exchange of experiences, and the sharing of good practices through training and education on disaster risk reduction.


To recognize the efforts and good practices of the organizations and businesses participating in this conversation, UNDRR, together with the Latin American and Caribbean Economic System (SELA), selected the good practice of CMI Molinos Modern implemented in Dominican Republic, titled "Strategies for Managing Emergencies Resulting from Natural Phenomena", to receive an award at the VI UNDRR Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction held from June 20 to 22, 2018 in Cartagena, Colombia. This good practice employs an emergency protocol for identifying hurricanes as well as a follow-up with people and infrastructure, machinery, equipment and distribution. Close to a million people felt the positive impact of correct management implemented by CMI Molinos Modernos.
The winner was chosen based on the implementation criteria laid down in the Sendai Framework, its four priorities as well as the seven overall goals of the Sendai Framework, and the seven lines of action of the Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies (ARISE). Additionally, the decision was based on the company's commitment to generate and promote a culture of prevention and risk reduction among its employees, both locally and regionally.

The success of this call for good practices has prompted interest from the private sector and other relevant stakeholder groups. UNDRR, through ARISE, has therefore decided to maintain the call for good practices on a permanent basis.

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