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Engaging Across Sectors to Overcome Humanitarian Crises

March 24, 2017

Conflict, displacement, natural disasters and profound vulnerability affect more than 128.6 million people in the world today.

The Connecting Business Initiative Executive Committee, comprised of representatives from Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation, the UPS Foundation, the Boston Consulting Group and the OneBillion Coalition in addition to several United Nations staff from United Nations Development Program and United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs at the launch event in Geneva, Switzerland on February 7, 2017.

With the scale of the need fast outpacing the ability of traditional actors to respond, there is an increased need for more coordinated and holistic approaches to engage the private sector in disaster risk reduction, emergency preparedness, response and recovery. The Connecting Business initiative (CBi), a private sector driven and UN-supported initiative, launched to transform the way the private sector engages before, during and after crises to create more resilient communities, increase local capacity and alleviate human suffering. Members of the initiative, comprising business networks from 12 different countries – recently met for the first time in Geneva to identify opportunities for collaboration and to share experiences on these major issues plaguing the world today.

We are pleased to be a part of this new initiative, which encourages other foundations to engage in the collaborative. As Conrad N. Hilton Foundation’s Vice President of Program, Edmund Cain said,

To overcome the enormous humanitarian crises we face, we need collective action from all actors. Philanthropy can be a catalyst to help unlock private sector resources, transforming the future of humanitarian and development response. I encourage all partners to get engaged so that we can make a real difference in the lives of people by helping to avoid, mitigate and more effectively respond to disasters and humanitarian crises.

We look forward to collaborating with the private sector to strengthen outcomes for communities affected by crises. More information on CBi can be found here.

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