September 22, 2020

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diasssterThe of the and Economic System (SELA) will hold the “III Regional Seminar on Partnerships between the public and private sectors for Disaster Risk Management.” Continuity of Government and Continuity of Business and Operations during Disasters in Latin America and the : Achievements and Experiences from the Perspective of Local Governments and Enterprises” will be held in Samborondón, , on October 14 and 15.

The main objective of this regional seminar – organized jointly with the Government of the Republic of Ecuador, through the Secretariat for Risk Management (SGR), and with the support of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UN/ISDR) – is to analyze the progress and national experiences gained by public-private partnerships in the area of disaster risk reduction in Latin America and the Caribbean within the context of continuity of government and continuity of business and operations, from the perspective of local governments – state governorates, mayor offices and municipalities – and local businesses.

In addition, specific experiences will be assessed from the perspective of governments and local companies with respect to the provision of basic public services. An evaluation will also be made of the instruments, methodologies and indicators available to check and monitor the performance of local risk management.

Another item on the agenda is an analysis of the ongoing regional initiatives to strengthen public-private partnerships for disaster risk reduction and the areas for cooperation. A roadmap to guide the fulfilment of the goals and objectives of continuity of government and business at the level of governments and local enterprises will also be outlined.

Participants in the event will include national authorities, regional and subregional agencies, and international organizations related to disaster risk reduction in the region, as well as representatives of enterprises, private associations and local governments.

The issue of public-private partnerships for disaster risk management – especially as regards continuity of government and continuity of business and operations during disasters in Latin America and the Caribbean – has been gaining increasingly higher priority on the agenda of regional institutions specializing in disaster risk reduction, in view of the need to strengthen the capacity of States to face disasters and the importance of focusing and activating the full potential for actions that social stakeholders (particularly the private sector) can undertake during disasters, which frequently exceed the response capacity of the States.

This has been demonstrated at various specialized forums that have been held in Latin America and the Caribbean, but above all within the framework of the regional meetings on International Humanitarian Assistance Mechanisms (MIAH), organized by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), and the sessions of the Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, organized by the UN/ISDR.

Bearing in mind this background, Ecuador – through the Secretariat for Risk Management – agreed to host and co-sponsor this important meeting, with the purpose of promoting, coordinating and adopting common positions and strategies in Latin America and the Caribbean in the area of risk management, while recognizing the potential of the private sector and the importance of generating greater engagement through strategic alliances.

Thus, Ecuador, for the second time in 2014, hosts these regional meetings related to risk management, in compliance with the objectives and priorities of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) and contributing to outlining a new base document to reinforce actions for risk reduction at the regional level.

With this contribution, the SGR seeks, along with SELA, to provide a space for integration and exchanges of experiences between the public and private sectors in the area of disaster risk management within the context of continuity of government and continuity of business and operations, and to deepen relations for coordination and cooperation among governments and the Latin American and Caribbean institutions specialized in disaster risk reduction and the private sector in the process of partnerships, and thus continue with the analysis of continuity of government, business and operations during disasters, from a regional, comprehensive and forward-looking perspective.

The Permanent Secretariat of SELA has been working on the issue of public-private partnerships for disaster risk management, and particularly, continuity of government and continuity of business and operations during disasters in Latin America and the Caribbean, in close collaboration and coordination with the UN/ISDR, which signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the period 2011-2015 in order to promote “cooperation between governments and private sector for disaster risk reduction”.

Events held in the last four years

The issue of partnerships between the public and private sectors to reduce disaster risk in Latin America and the Caribbean has been dealt with by the Permanent Secretariat of SELA over the last four years at the following regional meetings:

– In 2010, the “Regional Seminar on Public Investment and Financial Mechanisms, Insurance and Reinsurance against Disasters in Latin America and the Caribbean: Recent Experiences” (Mexico, 22 and 23 November 2010) was organized jointly with the UN/ISDR and the government of Mexico, through the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs and the Secretariat of Government. On that occasion, the Permanent Secretariat presented the base document entitled “Insurance and Reinsurance against Disasters in Latin America and the Caribbean: Recent Experiences”

– In 2011, the Regional Seminar “Cooperation between governments and the private sector for disaster risk reduction in Latin America and the Caribbean: Focus, progress and challenges” (Panama, 17 and 18 November 2011) was organized jointly with the UN/ISDR, USAID-OFDA and City of Knowledge Foundation. On that opportunity, the Permanent Secretariat submitted the base study entitled “Guidelines for cooperation between governments and the private sector for disaster risk reduction: Approaches, achievements and challenges”.

– In 2012, the Regional Seminar “Partnerships between public and private sectors for disaster risk management: Continuity of government and continuity of operations during disasters” (Peru, 7 and 8 June 2012) was organized jointly with the UN/ISDR, USAID-OFDA and the government of Peru (INDECI and CENEPRED). For this event, the Permanent Secretariat presented the base document entitled “Partnerships between public and private sectors for disaster risk reduction: Continuity of government and continuity of operations during disasters”.

– In 2013, the II Regional Seminar “Partnerships between public and private sectors for disaster risk management: Continuity of government and continuity of operations during disasters” (Cartagena, Colombia, 1 and 2 August 2013) was organized jointly with the UN/ISDR, USAID-OFDA, the National Business Association of Colombia (ANDI), the Colombian Safety Council (CCS) and the Integral Responsibility Process of Colombia (RI). On that occasion, the Permanent Secretariat submitted two base studies: i) “Continuity of business and operations during disasters in Latin America and the Caribbean: Balance and recommendations” (SP/II-SR-ASPPGRD/DT N° 2-13) and ii) “Continuity of Operations (COOP) and Continuity of Government (COG): Proposal for their implementation in

Latin America and the Caribbean

Studies conducted over the past four years

The Permanent Secretariat has prepared several studies on the issue of public-private partnerships for disaster risk reduction, including: i) Insurance and Reinsurance against Disasters in Latin America and the Caribbean: Recent Experiences (2010); ii) Guidelines for cooperation between governments and the private sector for disaster risk reduction: Approaches, achievements and challenges(2011); iii) Partnerships between public and private sectors for disaster risk reduction: Continuity of government and continuity of operations during disasters (2013); and iv) Continuity of business and operations during disasters in Latin America and the Caribbean: Balance and recommendations and Continuity of Operations (COOP) and Continuity of Government (COG): Proposal for their im

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