Marcus Oxley, Chairman of the Global Network for Disaster Reduction, is just back in the London office after attending the first of a series of 'multi-stakeholder meetings organised by UN-ISDR and GNDR His team caught up with him to find out how it went:
What is a 'multi-stakeholder' consultation, and what was the purpose of it??
The UN-ISDR mostly uses surveys from national government to report on country progress in achieving the goals of the Hyogo Framework for Action. The outcomes of these five planned consultations will be used by the UN-ISDR to develop local-level surveys or other ways of monitoring of the Hyogo Framework for Action. The consultations also foster dialogue between government and local level groups so that local communities are more supported and protected when disaster strikes. This was the first one, so I was eager to be there and see it. It was held in Jakarta, Indonesia
So who was there besides you?
There were about fifty people there including me and the UN-ISDR. They were a mix of people from local, district and national level government in Indonesia, as well as non-profit organizations and community-based organizations.
What was your role there?
It was important for me to attend the first workshop and see how the process went, as it was the first time we had a joint workshop with the UNISDR in this way.
You flew from London to Jakarta just to attend the consultation. Was the jet-lag worth it?
The team is in the middle of preparing the Views from the Frontline 2011 survey results and co-ordinating communication events at the Global Platform for Disaster Reduction this May, so it’s a very busy time for me at the moment. But, nothing can replace the value of meeting the Global network’s members face-to-face, feeling their energy and enthusiasm for their work and learning more about the activities they are involved in first-hand.
What was the highlight for you of the 3-day meeting?
There were many highlights for me , but one of the most invaluable to me was spending time getting to know Sujit from UNISDR and his thoughts on where local level monitoring is going. By 2013 the UNISDR hope to have local-level monitoring in more countries.
What was achieved at the end of the last day?
There was a broad agreement that there is definitely a value to the local-level monitoring of the Hyogo Framework for Action and that there is a value to having multi-stakeholder consultations on monitoring. Issues came up of lack of capacity at all levels of government, about lack of coordination of efforts, resources and knowledge. We talked about where the UN-ISDR could fill these gaps. The really big challenge seems to be the gap between the local and national level coordination.
What happens next?
The next workshop is in Nepal and will be followed by workshops in Armenia, Peru and Mozambique all taking place in February.