Within the scope of implementing the National Response Plan, the UNDP’s “Disaster Risk Management Unit at the Presidency of the Council of Ministers”, with the collaboration of the National Coordination Committee of Disaster Management, has launched a workshop on enhancing information management, preparedness, and response during times of crisis.
Within the scope of implementing the National Response Plan, the UNDP’s “Disaster Risk Management Unit at the Presidency of the Council of Ministers”, with the collaboration of the National Coordination Committee of Disaster Management, has launched a workshop on enhancing information management, preparedness, and response during times of crisis. The workshop was launched in partnership with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on Monday Nov 17 at the Grand Serail in Beirut.
The opening ceremony included participants from the National Coordination Committee for Disasters Management at the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, several ministries director generals, several governors and Kaemakam of Lebanon’s, and representatives of the Army operations, Internal Security Forces Operations, the Civil Defense Operations, the Lebanese Red Cross Operations and the Disaster Risk Management Unit team.
The workshop included opening speeches by Mr. Luca Renda, the UNDP Country Director, Mr. Yanick Martin the OCHA Head of Office representative and Mr. Abedlhafeez El Kaisi, Director General of Land and Marine Transportation.
Mr. Renda stressed that “Managing information during a humanitarian emergency is a vital part of any operation and that response operations are very much dependent of the availability and accuracy of data and information. Moreover, weak information management and analysis capabilities have a direct implication on the effectiveness of national and international emergency responders and their ability to work together.’
Mr. Renda ensured that the main objective of the workshop is to “highlight the importance of generating and using information for improved decision making in emergency response and preparedness as well as further build the capacity of partners in areas of coordination with international actors, information management, so as to reach a common understanding based on internationally recognized standards.”
Mr. Yannick Martin - OCHA Head of Office representative indicated that “while disasters are unpredictable and can happen anywhere and at any time without the ability to completely prevent them, preparedness is essential to lessen their damage as much as possible. Investment in preparedness is quite important and less costly than the resources needed to address needs in an emergency situation”.
Mr. Abedlhafeez El Kaisi stressed on the importance of “strengthening Lebanon's resilience through increasing multiple efforts at different levels be it national, sectoral and local.” He highlighted on the essential part in managing information during a humanitarian emergency. Moreover he called for increasing capacities and coordination within the Lebanese government, civil society, and the private sector in promoting disaster risk reduction". Throughout this 3 day workshop which will be repeated for other target audiences in December, the participants will be introduced to disaster risk management concepts, humanitarian response mechanism and humanitarian principles to better understand the relations between information management and the environment within which it is carried out.
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