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Field Coordination Support Section - End of the year's newsletter

FIELD COORDINATION SUPPORT SECTION - 
END OF THE YEAR'S NEWSLETTER


 
Message from Jesper Lund, Chief of FCSS and INSARAG Secretary
 
Dear Colleagues,
As 2015 is coming to an end, I have been reflecting on our experiences this past year. We had twelve UNDAC missions, including floods in Malawi and Myanmar, a cyclone in Vanuatu and the earthquake in Nepal. Two years of consultations culminated in the launch of the INSARAG Guidelines, and along with the new OSOCC Operations course and Emergency Response Methodology training, reflect our efforts to put the right tools in the right hands. It was also a year of building connections with the three organizations taking part in the Professional Dialogue meeting in Cyprus and the second INSARAG Global Meeting in Abu Dhabi. Our operational partners who provide technical support during deployments grew with the signing of a Letter of Intent with the Fuel Relief Fund. Read more...
 
 
 
Message to the UNDAC network - Peter Muller


 
In 2015 UNDAC teams were deployed to nine emergency response missions and three disaster response preparedness missions. Following the alerts, we were on the ground fast and in good numbers, in particular in Malawi, Chile, Nepal and Vanuatu. To make a difference in the emergency response, together with our operational partners and UN colleagues. In different situations - floods, earthquakes, cyclones stretching from the Americas, to Africa, the Middle-East, Asia and the Pacific - UNDAC teams were called upon to provide coordination support in the first days and weeks of the emergency. Read more..

 
 Message to the INSARAG network - Winston Chang


 
2015 was a year of great achievements. We had launched the INSARAG Guidelines 2015, and completed the First Responder Training package and the revised Earthquake Response Exercise Package. We have completed ten INSARAG External Classifications and Reclassifications, which brings us to a total of 45 classified teams globally. The strength of our network was clearly demonstrated in the contribution of the classified teams during the Nepal earthquake crisis. Read more...

 
Message to the Operations Support partners - Lucien Jaggi


There is no disaster assessments and disaster coordination without a strong operational support. New systems and tools are developed to improve the humanitarian response and new actors join to increase the humanitarian response but we - as first responders - keep facing the same basic challenges: accessing affected areas, communicating with partners and setting up a decent working and living environment.  Missions after missions, our ten operational partners are standing by to enable UNDAC members to hit the ground running and perform at their best. This year as we celebrate the 10 years of partnership with global leading logistics company DHL, we welcome a new partner: the Fuel Relief Fund. Read more...

 
Message about the Regional Preparedness project - Martijn Viersman
 
  
 
It is our pleasure to provide you an update about the Regional Preparedness Project that has succeeded in building cooperative and collaborative working relationships with Jordan Israel and the Palestinian Authority. This has culminated in two professional dialogue meetings in 2015 during which delegations discussed gaps in the regional response framework, guidelines for information ex-change, challenges bringing humanitarian assistance into the region – preparedness, coordination and access – as well as common events/training courses. Read more...
 

Message on the new feature on the Virtual OSOCC - Gaetano Castro


 

We are pleased to announce a new feature in the Virtual OSOCC which will allow UNDAC members to add their skills and documents (such as the certificates of the Basic and Advanced Security in the field Trainings, their passport and medical certificate) under their profile. This feature is now online and it includes also a reminder sent to the member by email few weeks before a document expires. Here you can find a short YouTube video which explains how the new feature works and how to add documents. If you need further support, please contact your respective administrative UNDAC focal points. We hope that this tool will facilitate your administrative issues and be useful for all UNDAC members. Read more...

Message on the UNDAC Mission Software - Luigi Bruno


 

We are pleased to announce a new tool, which is the UNDAC mission Software (UMS) that was officially launched during the UNDAC Global Induction Training last November in Spiez. The UNDAC Mission Software is a file sharing system using a web portal and a multi-platform workstation application developed by HITEC and financed by the Government of Luxembourg. Read more... 

 

Message to the network in the Americas - Christophe Schmachtel


2015 was a year with a lot of activities and events that have been the first of their kind: an UNDAC team deployment to Chile, an UNDAC Induction course hosted by a government of the region (Mexico), an INSARAG exercise not only with USAR team but also Emergency Medical Team participation, an UNDAC emergency preparedness and response capacity assessment mission based on the updated methodology in Paraguay, a first OSOCC training of trainers for the region in Colombia and following this the first OSOCC operations course with CEPREDENAC in Costa Rica. Read more...

 
2015 fue un año con muchas actividades y eventos que tienen carácter de ser los primeros de su categoría: un despliegue del equipo UNDAC a Chile, un Curso de inducción UNDAC auspiciado por un país de la región (México), un ejercicio INSARAG con equipos USAR y Equipos Médicos Internacionales, una misión de evaluación de capacidades de preparación y respuesta basada en la metodología actualizada en Paraguay, un primer curso para instructores OSOCC para la región en Colombia y el primer curso de operaciones OSOCC junto con CEPREDENAC en Costa Rica. Leer mas...

 
 Message to the network in Asia - Yosuke Okita


The year 2015 reminded us of the importance of “Preparedness”. A lot of international USAR teams and UNDAC team were deployed to the Nepal Earthquake in April. It would be fair to say that our preparedness activities in UNDAC and INSARAG, especially the INSARAG Asia-Pacific Exercise in Nepal 2009 contributed to the smooth coordination in the field. Read more...

 
Message to the network in the Pacific - Ben Negus


 
The devastation wrought by Tropical Cyclone Pam, which struck Vanuatu in during the first half of 2015, was a stark reminder of the importance of ensuring that regional and international response mechanisms are not only effectively maintained but that the contribution that they can provide in terms of supporting local and national first response efforts are understood and invested in. For this to be achieved there remains much to do in the Pacific. Read more...

 
Message to the network in the Middle East and North Africa - Abdul Majid Rafihi  


 
As the year 2015 is approaching its end, we had numerous activities completed achieving our goal to expand our INSARAG network in the Middle East and North Africa region with more member countries joining our big family. Two international external classification took place this year in both Saudi Arabia and Qatar, which raises the number of INSARAG classified teams in the MENA region to six, while two additional countries (Algeria and Lebanon) who expressed also their willingness to start the process of classification during the next period. Read more..

 
Message to the network in Africa - Stefania Trassari


 

2015 has been an intense year for the network in Africa as well. We ended 2014 while working hard for the Ebola response and we continued to do so again during the first few weeks of 2015, particularly with the UNDAC deployments in Mali and Sierra Leone. The year started also with a busy response following the severe flooding that affected Malawi.  We are grateful to those UNDAC members, including those from the Southern Africa Development Community, who made themselves available for this deployment in support of the Government of Malawi. Read more...
 
 
Message to the network in Europe - Lucien Jaggi
As this year comes to a close, we can welcome the arrival of 12 new Europe-based UNDAC members that graduated from the last Induction Course in Spiez, Switzerland. The Europe team has been strengthened and remains the strongest regional contingent with currently 70 members under contract. It is expected that the team will reach a cap of 100 members in 2017 and remains at this level until the revision of the UNDAC Strategy in 2017. Read more... 

 
Statement from Jesper Lund


 
There is no doubt that we have had many successes this year, but we also faced situations that forced us to stop and ask fundamental questions about how and why we do things. While our networks over the years have been able to address change and come out stronger, we are working in an increasing complex environment, where challenges often go beyond the individual networks. The Humanitarian Network and Partnership Week 1 – 5 February will provide us with an opportunity to discuss across network the key challenges and lessons identified from recent emergencies and try to address with a common approach.  We hope that many of you will be able to join us in Geneva or share your views in the ongoing discussions. Here is the link to the website of the Humanitarian Network and Partnership week: http://www.hnpw.org/

Our successes are based in our ability to partner and cooperate to ensure and facilitate effective, timely, adequate response and the ability to collectively address and learn from key challenges. A critical reflection will be shared during HNPW in February, but for a sneak peek, check out the New Year’s Message  and a video on YouTube from me to colleagues in FCSS and partners. 
 
Thank you all for your time, energy and dedication over the last year. We are looking forward to your continued support and cooperation in 2016

Warm Regards,

Jesper