International Humanitarian Assistance Conference in Russia
This conference was organized in the framework of the XI International Integrated Safety and Security Exhibition 2018 which took place in Noginsk Rescue Centre, on 7 June 2018. The conference, jointly organized by EMERCOM and OCHA, was moderated by Pavel Baryshev, Deputy Minister of the Russian Federation for Civil Defense, Emergencies and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters and Jesper Homer Lund.
This international event brought together over 200 disaster management experts from national disaster management agencies, international organizations and the United Nations Secretariat, agencies, funds and programmes to discuss the current status of international assistance during large-scale natural disasters. The participants of this conference discussed the proposed draft “Dos and Don’ts in International Disaster Response”, and agreed that the paper provides a good reference of guidance for action by affected countries and international responders in major natural disasters. It also identified challenges in coordination of response operations, shared best practices and developed recommendations for further strengthening humanitarian response and optimizing the use of resources.
The participants also proposed that the document be further evaluated and refined before considering to introduce the Guide as a reference of international disaster response. It is further recommended to develop a template for requests of international assistance to facilitate the process between the affected country and potential responders.