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Inter-American Mechanism for Disaster Response Where do we go?. Dr. Jean Luc Poncelet Area Manager Emergency preparedness and Disaster Relief PAHO/WHO. IACNDR. A solid concept of the OAS: Established in 1999 : AG/Res.1682 Confirmed in 2005, 06,07 and 2009. Event.

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inter american mechanism for disaster response where do we go

Inter-American Mechanismfor Disaster ResponseWhere do we go?

Dr. Jean Luc Poncelet

Area Manager Emergency preparedness and Disaster Relief PAHO/WHO

iacndr
IACNDR
  • A solid concept of the OAS:
    • Established in 1999 : AG/Res.1682
    • Confirmed in 2005, 06,07 and 2009
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Event

Inter-American Natural Disaster Response

Any agency detects natural disaster event and can trigger the EOC

Inter-American response Meeting

Situation reports

Convenes Preparedness & Response working group

Each agency initiates response and informs working group of each agency’s response.

Posts disaster information on IACNDR response webpage

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Inter-American Natural Disaster Response Mechanism

Trigger: EOC alerts IACNDR of event

the final goal
The final goal
  • To enhance national and international assistance to populations affected by natural disasters by:
    • strengthening and complementing the local response capacity
    • improving the quality and appropriateness of external assistance
complementary
Complementary
  • A sophisticated humanitarian coordination system already exists at the national, sub-regional and global level:
    • Civil defense and emergency committees
    • CDERA, CEPREDENAC, CAPRADE, …
    • UN System: ERC, OCHA, Clusters, CERF, …
    • NGOs and Red Cross Coordination mechanisms
    • OAS: IACNDR, Preparedness and Response Group, …
where can the oas make a difference in disaster response
Where can the OAS make a difference in disaster response
  • Good information / Intelligence
  • Good governance & accountability
  • Professional expertise on-site
good information intelligence
Good information/ intelligence

Reliable and practical information can be more valuable than stockpiles of supplies.

Many donors are on stand-by to provide supplies yet few have information on what is really needed.

good governance and accountability in handling humanitarian supplies
Good governance and accountability in handling humanitarian supplies
  • An Inter-American standardized tool to manage large amounts of humanitarian supplies as well as an indicator of transparency.
proposals for improvement of the preparedness response mechanism
Proposals for improvement of the preparedness response mechanism
  • Better information management:
    • A unified source of information: an Inter- American website linked with the UN’s ReliefWeb
    • Creation of a full time disaster response coordination position at the assistant Secretary General office
  • A stronger instituational link:
    • Regular Progress report to the permanent council
    • Nomination on a rotation basis of three member state to integrate the Preparedness and Response committee?
  • An improved OAS capacity:
    • Training of Foreign services in Wash in countries with OAS Representatives
    • Facilitators to be provided by UN and OAS response agencies
proposals for improvement of the preparedness response mechanism1
Proposals for improvement of the preparedness response mechanism
  • Stronger Inter-American System:
    • Propose to OAS assembly the endorsement of technical guidelines on improving the quality of humanitarian donations
    • A regional guideline for Foreign Affairs
    • Others proposed by the permanent councils