The UNDRR Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies (ARISE) joins Mami Mizutori, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Disaster Risk Reduction and Head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), in expressing condolences to everyone who lost loved ones in Türkiye and Syria due to the devastating earthquakes and extends sympathies to the survivors and the affected across the region (read the SRSG's full statement).
Global support and solidarity are essential. The private sector has an important role to play and we call on all businesses to support the response and recovery efforts, in any way they can. One way is to support some of the coordinated efforts of the United Nations:
- United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) coordinates all the UN's emergency assistance
- World Food Programme (WFP) supports families affected
- The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) provides clean drinking water and helps children and parents find their relatives
- The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) provides life-saving assistance to affected families
ARISE members are also leading some actions:
- Campaign Unidos por Ellxs through CENACED and CADENA International (ARISE Mexico)
- Response to 7.8M Türkiye - Syria Earthquake (Miyamoto International Mexico, ARISE member)
No country or community should have to suffer the pain and loss caused by disasters, which is why it is critical that countries fully implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.
However, governments cannot do it alone and indeed the majority of construction and investment decisions are driven by the private sector. UNDRR invites all business leaders to join the ARISE network to learn how business decisions can influence disaster risks and gain from the experience of businesses across the world.