DRI Leadership Perspectives: Promoting Risk Resilient Societies With the ARISE Mexico Network
In October, I had the pleasure of participating in the successful launch of the ARISE Mexico Network. This is the private sector partnership of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR). DRI Mexico was a member of the organizing committee and we commend their hard work to realize this ambitious event.
I was invited to present the case study of how DRI International became the leading global provider of training and certification in business continuity and related fields including most recently cyber resilience. I shared our history and current structure in addition to stressing the general importance of professional capacity and the standardization of credentials in this rapidly growing field. This work is too important to protecting lives, economies and communities to settle for anything less than the highest professional standards. We have seen this understanding continue to grow globally and we expect this trend to continue as the profession matures.
As part of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, promoted by UNDRR, the Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies (ARISE) was created with the purpose to create risk resilient societies and unite the private sector to collaborate with other stakeholders to achieve the goals of the Sendai Framework. In addition, this initiative promotes prevention and continuity plans focusing on reducing risks and consolidating communities.
In Mexico, the local ARISE MX network encompasses more than 200 organizations, governed by a Steering Committee that represents 15 multi-sectorial institutions and an Advisory Board comprising of 6 regional experts. This network drives actions and implements measures into the business models and investment decisions of the companies that are part of the Mexican network.
This conference was organized to promote resilience-building efforts in the business community both in Mexico and neighboring countries. Resilience is a community’s ability to resist, assimilate, adapt and recover from disaster effects, which is why, now more than ever before, it is important to ask ourselves, “What are we doing to prevent disaster risk?” and start working on plans that allow us to decrease vulnerability and increase our resilience capacity.
“Disasters cost billions of dollars and disproportionately affect the poorest countries, driving millions into poverty. We must tackle disaster risks and leave a more resilient planet for future generations.” – António Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations