Arise forum for the Americas and the Caribbean
In adopting the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015 – 2030 (Sendai Framework), the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2030 Agenda), the New Urban Agenda (NUA) and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, Member States identified the prevention of new risk, the reduction of existing risk and the strengthening of resilience as central to global efforts towards sustainable development.
The private sector is a strategic actor as advocate, investor and implementer of risk reduction action. Engaging, with the private sector in areas of understanding of risk, disaster risk reduction, risk informed investment, resilient infrastructure, and business continuity are key to ensure a quick and resilient economic and social recovery. Despite the private sector is exposed to multiple hazards, it also has the capacity to serve as a catalyst for bringing disaster risk information to other social sectors, to support risk-informed governance and, more broadly, help their governments to fulfill the 2030 Agenda.
Consequently, UNDRR is supporting the ARISE network through 23 national networks and 2 sub-regional business networks (Central America & Caribbean) in the region.
From 2020, the ARISE networks further accelerated by the adoption off the new ARISE Priorities for 2020-2022, which are aligned and supporting the global policy discussions on the engagement of the private sector in the implementation of the Sendai Framework, Sustainable Development Goals, and Paris Climate Agreement, and related business and multi-stakeholder initiatives.
The ARISE four priorities 2020-2022
- Enhance resilience of small and medium sized enterprises.
- Integrate disaster and climate risks into investment decisions by the financial sector.
- Incentivize disaster risk reduction and enhanced data for risk-informed decision making through engagement with the insurance industry as global risk manager.
- Support resilient infrastructure development.
For 2021, as a preliminary event of the VII regional platform for DRR, and in order to promote the sharing of good practices among the ARISE networks in their efforts to accomplish the four ARISE global priorities and in promoting public-private partnerships in the region, UNDRR will organize the ARISE Forum for the Americas and the Caribbean. The forum will serve as a platform for private sector to showcase their work on business resilience, while linking the private sector with the DRR community in the region and enable discussions on private sector contributions are critical for risks informed investments. Moreover, the forum will serve to collect the private sector perspective and key messages that will be integrated and addressed during the VII Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas and The Caribbean.