Canada's Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction: Working Groups
Interested Platform members can assemble Platform-related Working Groups based on specific issues or priority activities. The composition of each Working Group is determined by emerging issues. All Working Groups must be connected to Canada's Platform via the Advisory Committee. The Platform Advisory Committee must approve both the establishment of the Working Groups as well as their Terms of Reference. There are currently four established working groups:
Private Sector Partnership Working Group
The Private Sector Partnerships Working Group provides Canada's Platform with informed advice on relevant strategies and takes the lead in identifying priorities in appropriate Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) activities and to foster disaster resiliency. It guides, sets priorities, and supports the development of economic resilience in the private sector to enhance its ability to plan for response and recovery from disasters. It seeks opportunities for collaboration both within the private sector and with government at all levels to promote community resilience.
Working Group Co-chairs: Rodney Yip and Tom Shebrek
Resilient Communities Working Group
The United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has recognized the need for cities and local governments to get prepared for potential disasters, reduce risks, and become more disaster resilient. The UNISDR has campaigned together with its partners for increased city resilience and in 2010-2011, initiated the World Disaster Reduction Campaign “Making Cities Resilient” to addresses issues of local governance and urban risk while drawing upon previous UNISDR Campaigns for safer schools and hospitals. The campaign is based on the sustainable urbanization principles developed in the UN-Habitat World Urban Campaign 2009-2013.
Within this context, the Resilient Communities Working Group provides Canada's Platform with informed advice on relevant strategies and supports the development of a Canadian network of disaster resilient communities. It actively seeks opportunities for collaboration to increase community-based disaster resiliency.
Working Group Co-chair: Laurie Pearce
Voluntary Sector Working Group
The Voluntary Sector Working Group provides Canada's Platform with an insight into non-traditional voluntary sector readiness and helps engage the volunteer sector within Canada’s emergency management framework.
It sets priorities and supports the development of a Canadian network of disaster resilient voluntary sector organizations and seeks opportunities for collaboration to increase the voluntary sector capacity in disaster response.
Working Group Co-chair: Sarah Sargent
The Indigenous Resilience Working Group
The Indigenous Resilience Working Group provides Canada's Platform with informed advice and works towards increasing disaster resiliency within Indigenous communities by sharing knowledge, experiences and expertise, while respecting the three primary drivers of Indigenous resilience: culture, empowerment, and capacity.
Working Group Co-chair: David Diabo and Brenda Murphy
For any further questions or inquiries please contacts Canada’s Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction Secretariat.
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