NURSES ACROSS THE BORDERS-LEAD in Rio+20
SIDE EVENT OF RIO+20
CLIMATE CHANGE DISASTERS-THE ROLE OF THE GLOBAL FIRST RESPONDERS in RR
AFRICA ENVIRONMENTAL NETWORK
UNITED NATIONS INTERNATIONAL STRATEGY FOR RISK REDUCTIONS-UNISDR
FEDERAL MINISTRY OF HEALTH NIGERIA
Nurses across the Borders (NAB), SeaTrust Institute and Africa Environmental Network proposed to highlight partnership with the UNISDR and other DRR specialists to demonstrate the symbiotic qualities of directly incorporating human health and first responder’s capacity building into DRR in a new way that delivers outcomes that help countries achieve their MDGs and deliverables for the Hyogo Framework for Action.
At the heart of the collaborative strategy being showcased in this side event is multi-criteria vulnerability identification and intersectoral integration of knowledge, programs, finance and other resources to build resilience to climate related disasters. Responding to the COP 17 Durban by actively engaging health care professionals as FIRST RESPONDERS in disaster risk planning and action addresses many of the MDGs that developing countries are struggling to achieve. Represents a tangible intervention strategy to climate change disasters at a local level, while integrating with the multilateral processes that support local action.
This approach is informed by the Hyogo Framework for Action, and integrates with traditional and newer risk management strategies. Our Strategy: through our RIO+20 Side Event presentations, bring health experts together with DRR experts to examine new synergistic approaches that apply at multilateral, national and community levels. This partnership can open new communications channels between disciplinary experts and provide a forum for new ideas to emerge that will help developing countries face their most critical challenges.One of the most called-for approaches to DRR is building local capacity and innovation through knowledge and education to build a culture of safety and resilience at all levels. The UNISDR recommended to the African Union Summit in 2010 that ?Member States? create a network of capacity development institutions for training, research, and information management and exchange at country, sub-regional and regional levels in collaboration with international and regional partners.? The official report from Durban published 15 March, 2012, Decision5/CP.17 invites Parties to employ the modalities for national adaptation plans, formally extending the notion beyond LDCs to all developing countries to promote synergy and strengthen engagement with national, regional and international organizations. Integrating the role of health and first responders into these plans is a crucial next step.
Our aim is to reach out to global collaborators in building a network of experts and funders to help in building the capacity of Global FIRST RESPONDERS-Nurses, Doctors, Pharmacists, ally health care providers, beginning in Africa and Asia, two regions that suffer extreme adverse effects of climate change related disasters. By building first responder capacity in highly at-risk regions, lives will be saved as response depends on the assistance or care received within the first 48 hours following any disaster. Secondly, we shall be reinforcing the call for membership to the Coalition of Health and Environment: Climate Change Initiative in collaboration with the WHO, a collaborative forum of major stakeholders in the climate change campaign and the ground based training and support effort Capacity Building for Nurses on Climate Change and Human Health and Surveillance of Changes in Diseases. This capacity building initiative began during COP 15 in Copenhagen and expanded at COP 16 in Mexico and COP 17 in Durban. Finally, the Side Event will provide the forum for the sharing of emerging wise practices in interweaving climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction.
Target Group: Ministers for Health and Environment, Healthcare providers and professionals, ally health care professionals, stakeholders in climate change campaigns, experts, negotiators, agencies, institutions, and other interested stakeholders.
Leads: Nurses Across the Borders-Nigeria, (Major Group NGO with the CSD, in Special Consultative Relationship with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations and SeaTrust Institute-a research and educational institute in the USA in collaboration with Africa Environmental Network-an African grass root organization).
Contacts/Speakers Include but not limited to:
1. Honourable Minister for Health, Nigeria
2. Pastor Peters OMORAGBON-Executive President/CEO – Nurses Across the Borders
3. Dr. Lynn Wilson-Executive Director/CEO – SeaTrust Institute
4. Dr. Victor Fodeke-Executive Director – African Environmental Action Network.
5. Barrister, Huzi Mshelia-Excutive Director, CEASEI
6. Dr. Chris Ojembe
The proposed partnership extends beyond the joint presentations at RIO+20 and includes policy effects, institutional shifts and measurable local implementation benefits. Outcomes directly encourage the following:
– Vulnerabilities, hazards and climate disaster risks are identified, assessed and monitored, taking into account trans-boundary dimensions, social and political conditions, migration and finance.
– Identification of priority sectors and development of integrated programs for greater results
– Development of disaster risk reduction and preparedness planning, implementation of related measures through utilizing the knowledge and access of health professionals, and integration of disaster risk reduction concepts in disaster management, rehabilitation and recovery
– Disaster risk reduction as a regional, sub-regional and national priority, with strong institutional frameworks, adequate resources and multi-stakeholder participation
– Knowledge (including local and indigenous knowledge), innovation and education applied to build a culture of safety and resilience
– Improved and coordinated governance of disaster risk reduction and health institutions, and integration of DRR, health and climate change adaptation into sustainable development planning and programs