The Connecting Business initiative Annual Event is convened again during the Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week in Geneva on 5 February. We are excited to see our members and partners now for the third time and to hear more about the progress accomplished over the last year. In preparation, we want to flag the following:
- All participants need to register to HNPW to get a badge and have access to the venue, including the CBi Annual Event. Please complete your registration here, but also send the names of participants to the CBi Secretariat.
- The CBi Annual Event on 5 February will consist of two sessions that are open for all HNPW participants. The audience will be participants from the private sector, UN, civil society and government representatives.
- The programme of the CBi Annual Event is attached.
Some 80% of businesses affected by a major incident such as hurricanes/tropical cyclones, floods, earthquakes or manmade crises either never re-open or close within 18 months (source: Axa), but there are key steps to ensure that they survive in a crisis. CBi networks in 13 countries will share lessons learnt and innovative approaches to prepare for, respond to and recover from crises.
Join us at our public CBi Annual Event, and take the opportunity to connect with other humanitarian networks during the week, to help shape the agenda of private sector in disaster preparedness, response and recovery.
See also the full programme of the Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week, which is a unique forum - co-chaired by OCHA and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) - for humanitarian networks and partnerships to meet and address key humanitarian issues. More than 2,000 will gather in Geneva this first week of February.