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CSOs Discussion on ASEAN-ERAT and UNDAC Deployment in Indonesia

CSOs Discussion on ASEAN-ERAT and UNDAC Deployment in Indonesia

unocha.org - In Flagship Projects 2010-2012, there have been some activities conducted, i.e ASEAN Disaster and Emergency Response Logistics System, Fully-Functional Emergency Rapid Assessment Team (ERAT) and Familiarisation and institutionalisation of SASOP. Speaking of AADMER, the tools that have direct relationship under it is ERAT. The ASEAN-ERAT team is composed of experienced and trained individuals who have responded to disaster incidents, both in ASEAN region and beyond.

ASEAN-ERAT was established by the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM), which comprises heads of national disaster management organisations in the ten ASEAN Member States. Deployment of ASEAN-ERAT was activated by the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance (AHA Centre) in close coordination with Secretary-General of ASEAN as the ASEAN Humanitarian Assistance Coordinator. ASEAN-ERAT is one of the response tools under the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (AADMER) (Source: http://www.asean.org/news/asean-secretariat-news/item/the-asean-emergency-rapid-assessment-team-dispatched-to-respond-to-floods-in-thailand). Some activities for capacity building of ERAT have been conducted like ERAT Assessment in May 2008 and October 2010, and ERAT Training in February 2011.

At global level, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) is a United Nations body formed in December 1991 by General Assembly Resolution 46/182. The resolution was designed to strengthen the UN's response to complex emergencies and natural disasters by creating the Department of Humanitarian Affairs (DHA), and replacing the Office of the United Nations Disaster Relief Coordinator, which had been formed in 1972.

The OCHA was the result of a 1998 re-organization of the DHA and was designed to be the UN focal point on major disasters. Its mandate was also expanded to include the coordination of humanitarian response, policy development and humanitarian advocacy[1].One of OCHA response mechanism and tools isthe United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC). UNDAC is part of the international emergency response system for sudden onset emergencies. It is designed to help the United Nations and governments of disaster-affected countries during the first phase of a sudden-onset emergeny. UNDAC also assists in the coordination of incoming international relief at national level and/or at the site of the emergency. UNDAC teams can deploy at short notice (12-48 hours) anywhere in the world. They are provided free of charge to the disaster-affected country, and deployed upon the request of the United Nations Resident or Humanitarian Coordinator for the affected Government. The UNDAC team can also undertake disaster preparedness missions. Such missions evaluate the national disaster preparedness and response capacity and plans upon request specific request from a Government. To date, the UNDAC team has carried out 16 of these missions worldwide.

Both are the existing mechanisms available including in ASEAN Countries and supposedly can be utilized well and ease coordination/partnership amongst CSOs in country the disaster takes place in.

HFI together with APG Indonesia whereas ChildFund Indonesia as the country leading and facilitated with UN-OCHA in Indonesia held a CSOs Discussion on ASEAN-ERAT and UNDAC Deployment in Indonesia" on 17th of May 2013 8.30-12.30 in Menara Thamrin 7th floor, JL. MH. Thamrin Kav.3 Jakarta. This discussion is expected to identify opportunities to further enhance multi-stakeholder cooperation at country level, including CSOs participation, as well as to upscale collaboration at the regional level.

The discussion then resulted in some recommendations below:

  1. More socialization about UNDAC and ERAT to CSOs
  2. Simplify ERAT and UNDAC for CSOs (coordination, assessment, and sharing information)
  3. Further discussion to conduct joint training and simulation
  4. Develop partnership and set initial standby procedure with existing partner in the local area
  5. Volunteerism spirit of humanity will always become a base in doing humanitarian mission. Each organization has their own strategic roles and thus if those are collaborated, it will be the strength for all actor in doing humanitarian mission.

 

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