Deutsche Post DHL and UN OCHA extend humanitarian partnershipGeneva/New York/Bonn, 12/14/2010, 12:00 PM CET
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) and Deutsche Post DHL, the world's leading post and logistics service provider, renewed on Tuesday their successful partnership, started in 2005, for another three years. The extension contract was signed in Geneva by Rashid Khalikov, Director of UN OCHA Geneva and Rainer Wend, Executive Vice President Corporate Public Policy and Sustainability at Deutsche Post DHL.
"Over the past five years, we have worked very successfully together in disaster management. The partnership with UN OCHA enables us to contribute our logistics know-how to help people in need, and we are very much looking forward to continue our cooperation for another three years," says Rainer Wend.
In close cooperation with the United Nations, Deutsche Post DHL assists the authorities of affected countries and the humanitarian relief community in the handling and storing of relief cargo at airports in disaster regions. UN OCHA benefits from the logistics and warehousing expertise by Deutsche Post DHL, a service that the United Nations would not be able to maintain on their own all year long. On the other hand, thanks to this partnership, the work of the "Disaster Response Teams" of Deutsche Post DHL is integrated into humanitarian relief operations and thus benefits from the United Nations' strong linkage to other actors of the international community responding to difficult disaster situations.
Deutsche Post DHL and UNO CHA welcomed the extension of both organisation's partnership.1
Deutsche Post DHL global "Disaster Response Teams (DRT)" network consists of three teams, each of which is assigned to a specific geographic region covering Asia Pacific, Latin America/the Caribbean and the Middle East/Africa. Each team consists of a pool of about 80 specially trained DHL employees, who have volunteered to take part in the pro-bono humanitarian efforts. In case of an emergency, volunteers can deploy within 72 hours to a disaster hit region. During an average stay of two to three weeks on the ground, the team of 10 at a time alternates to ensure the highest level of proficiency under very demanding circumstances.
"Their expertise, their professionalism and their dedication helped in many circumstances to ensure the flow of incoming relief materials, to decongest crowded or uncoordinated airports and to improve the flow of incoming in-kind contributions and unsolicited donations" says Rashid Khalikov, Director of UN OCHA Geneva.
Part of GoHelp program
Over the past years, the DRT have been deployed almost 20 times to the airports of some 15 disaster hit countries, including to Haiti, Guatemala, Chile, the Philippines, Indonesia, Myanmar and Peru. The most recent operation took place during the severe floods that hit Pakistan in August 2010. Thirty DHL employees from ten different countries volunteered to receive, sort and prepare goods delivered by international donors at Chaklala Airbase, Islamabad, for onward transportation. The team spent more than five weeks in Pakistan and handled over 4,500 tons of relief goods. They also packed more than 2,500 DHL special bags with food and commodities. These were then dropped by helicopter in remote and inaccessible areas.
The Disaster Response Teams are part of Deutsche Post DHL's GoHelp program which focuses on disaster management. The social and environmental commitment of Deutsche Post DHL is summarized under the label "Living Responsibility", with the three pillars GoHelp, GoTeach and GoGreen. In its "Strategy 2015", Deutsche Post DHL has defined sustainable economic activity as one of the main focal points of the company's future strategy for growth.
One of OCHA's strategic objectives is to strengthen relationships with a wider group of operational partners and other relevant actors to advance humanitarian action. This involves among others adapting coordination mechanisms to enable better dialogue and networking between humanitarian organizations (UN and non-UN) and the private sector.
- Left to right: Chris Weeks, Director Humantiarian Affairs Deutsche Post DHL, Susanne Meier, Vice President Corporate Responsibility - GoHelp, Rainer Wend, Executive Vice President Corporate Public Policy and Sustainability Deutsche Post DHL, Rashid Khalikov, Director UN OCHA, Isabelle de Muyser-Boucher, Chief, Logistics Support Unit (LSU) UN OCHA, Kathrin Mohr, Senior Expert Disaster Management - GoHelp
- Memorandum of Understanding
- Temporary office
- Mission to Haiti
- Temporary warehouse
- Arrival of relief goods
Training in Nepal (2010)
Deutsche Post DHL partnered with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to develop the GARD (Get Airports Ready for Disaster) program. Launched in August 2009, GARD prepares airports for emergencies. The program aims to coordinate incoming emergency supplies at airports after natural disasters more effectively. GARD's key elements are on-site assessments, training of local government employees and airport personnel, and developing detailed action plans for emergencies.
Memorandum of Understanding
Signing in Guatemala (2009)
To increase the overall effectivity of Disaster Response Team missions, Deutsche Post DHL and the governments of countries affected by natural disasters specify deployment procedures in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
in Chile (2007)
Mission to Haiti
Disaster relief after the 2010 earthquake
A 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit Haiti, on Tuesday 12th January 2010. The capital Port-au-Prince, was heavily affected.The DHL DRT Americas, was the first logistics team at the airport. With so many shortages, security and logistical challenges, the DRT's skills at managing aid were sorely needed. The mission lasted until 6th February 2010, 36 volunteers handled more than 2,000 tonnes of relief aid.
in Guatemala (2010)
One of the typical tasks for the Disaster Response Team is setting up a temporary professional warehouse on-site at the local airport.
Arrival of relief goods
in Pakistan (2010)
Large parts of Pakistan were hit by the most severe floods of the country's history in the beginning of August 2010. The team has handled more than 4, 500 tons of relief goods and additionally packed more than 2,500 DHL Speedballs filled with food and commodities.