13 October has become the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction since 1989. On 22-23 October 2019 UNICEF supported a high-level conference on “Disaster Risk Reduction and Risk Management Solutions” held by Business Sweden at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Jakarta. The event was a call for business to support Business and Community Resilience (#BCRJakarta2019).
Investing in prevention should be more at focus before a crisis appears, because preparedness and resilience to disaster have grown more crucial nowadays as risks are undeniably increasing as well. Sweden is one country that strongly believes in the importance of investing in disaster risk reduction as a crucial component of wider global effort to achieve SDGs. Hence, as one of the world's most disaster-prone countries, it is very reasonable for Indonesia to also make extra efforts to prevent or minimize disaster loss.
In her opening remarks, H. E. Mrs. Marina Berg, the Ambassador of Sweden in Indonesia said that humanitarian aid could not be a permanent solution and had to be followed by long term strategic efforts. She also mentioned the importance of cooperation and coordination among the three key Ps, namely private, public, and people to find innovative solutions. An issue as complex as disaster management and risk reduction does require a strong partnership among various stakeholders, as emphasized by Mrs. Marina, saying “Politicians, international organizations need to work hand in hand together with private sectors and industries.”
Reducing disaster risk and building resilience are the core aspects of the SDGs that are linked together. If disaster risks are not effectively managed, they can wipe out decades of development games, and thereby undermine the efforts of development; including reducing poverty and achieving success in SDGs. It is important to recognize that building business and community resilience can yield various benefits in many sectors. As stated by Ms. Anita Nirody, the UN Resident Coordinator for Indonesia, “Investing in disaster risk management is not only the right thing to do but is also a smart thing to do, because various researches have shown that investing in this area can generate more business, economic, and development benefits.”
The event hosted three panels which were; Panel 1: “Business Resilience: Making the Case to Build Resilient and Sustainable Businesses”, Panel 2: “Community Resilience: What Solutions Business can Offer”, and last Panel 3: Business and Community Resilience Partnership” in which our Executive Director Mrs. Josephine Satyono participated.
The first day of the event was a full day of co-creation lab, where the participants are devided by the group of their interest in regards to the disaster risk management. The groups were expected to create an invention in to overcome the issues on disaster risk management.