Michael Annear and I are back from the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction: Preventing Disaster Risk in Ulaanbaatar after a really productive week. Read more about this at the end of my blog.
NAIDOC Week commences
Now that we’re well into NAIDOC Week, keep an eye out for events happening around the country to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
This is the fourth year Red Cross has run our own NAIDOC Awards honouring outstanding First Nations women and men across the country.
I want to congratulate Kerry Klimm and Deb Moyle who received the ‘Because of her we can’ Outstanding Contribution award. Kerry has dedicated her professional life to amplifying the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and Deb has forged important partnerships with Justice Reinvestment SA to support Aboriginal family wellbeing. Congratulations to both for this well-deserved recognition.
Congratulations also to Jenny Brown for her leadership, Loretta Bin Omar for her contributions to Community Service, Cathy Thomas for her work in growing Creative Culture, Samuel Savage for his role in forging and strengthening relationships and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, Gavin Greenoff for being a role model for young people and a special mention for Paul Garlett who volunteers his time and is passionate about community engagement. Read more about the winners here.
Our Annual Plan for FY19
We have just published our Annual Plan for FY19. It is all about continuing our progress towards achieving our ambitious outcomes, and responding to the shifts that are occurring around us. There are opportunities, such as 55% of Australians wanting to do more good in their community. There are threats, including more natural disasters and growing vulnerability. We also have options to explore. We’re looking at ways to build community empowerment and mobilisation, creating better two-way relationships with our supporters, and understanding the changing nature of international humanitarian work.
Of course a major part of the plan is continuing to deliver great outcomes for those we care about through our existing programs and services. We’ll keep testing and trialling new ways of working and scaling-up promising initiatives.
More about the Asian Ministerial Conference...
Did you know:
• In the past year in the Asia Pacific region natural disasters killed 15,000 people and impacted 162 million.
• Dzud in Mongolia = severe summer drought followed by extreme winter. Weakened livestock die and herder families suffer. Great initiative by Mongolian Red Cross (with our support) to pilot a different approach. Climate change is the biggest driver of urban migration in Mongolia.
• 55,260 volunteers were deployed to give early warning before Cyclone Mora hit Bangladesh recently. Through their pre-arranged training and systems, the volunteers reached 11 million people allowing 500,000 to get to safe places in 24 hours.
• The Oz government has hosted many Mongolians through tertiary education and many are now in senior positions (including the Mongolian Prime Minister and the Red Cross President). There is a good alumni who call themselves The Mozzies.
A few of the interesting snippets:
• ARISE. Private sector initiative (under UNISDR umbrella). 150 Asian private sector companies working on how to reduce the risk of natural disaster.
• Borgen Project Big Data: "Humanity is currently producing more data annually than in the rest of human history combined. This data is created all throughout our daily lives, from using mobile phones and social media to just shopping. Big Data is increasingly being used in the humanitarian sector, in a growing movement known as digital humanitarianism.
• Together we can do more video – Brilliant!
• World Bank report - Groundswell – Preparing for Internal Climate Migration
• Scary statistic from Vietnam - Last year, the storm surges meant that salty sea water went upstream 90 kilometers more than ‘usual’ killing hectares of rice paddies, ruining many people’s livelihoods and leading to Vietnam’s most costly year of natural disasters on record.
• The amazing video from the Mongolian Red Cross youth to draw attention to the growing risk of disasters followed by their flash mob. I’m trying to find a link to it.
• The Mongolian Red Cross youth volunteers were AMAZING at the conference. 250 of them supported the whole conference. All were trained in overall disaster risk reduction themes/initiatives/issues, hospitality, diplomatic etiquette, general Mongolian tourism information, all logistics, all conference information, security, code of conduct and first aid.
Talk to you soon.