CBi 3-Year Anniversary

Connecting Business initiative Secretariat • 24 May 2019

The World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) took place in Istanbul in May 2016 and saw the launch of a number of initiatives including the Connecting Business initiative (CBi) during a special session on 24 May. Ever since, the OCHA/UNDP-led initiative has engaged the private sector in disaster preparedness, response and recovery. Here is the full video by UN TV on the launch of the initiative on 24 May 2016.

What makes the Connecting Business so unique today?

Thanks to countless efforts from our Member Networks around the world and the generosity of our resource and programme partners – namely, the Boston Consulting Group, European Commission/ECHO, UN Global Compact, Government of Australia, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, International  Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, The UPS Foundation and USAID/OFDA – and many more global and local partners who share with us their knowledge and best practices, CBi is now a fully-fledged initiative for companies to collectively prepare for disasters and contribute to humanitarian action when the worst comes.

Here are six short testimonials by CBi leadership titled CBi Three years on.

David Young (Boston Consulting Group) and Hans-Peter Teufers (The UPS Foundation) – both members of the CBi Executive Committee – along with CBi leadership and senior staff in the United Nations: Ramesh Rajasingham (Director, Coordination Division, OCHA), Marcos Athias Neto (Director, Finance Sector Hub, UNDP), Marina Skuric-Prodanovic (OCHA) and Sahba Sobhani (UNDP) tell us more about this extraordinary journey in 13 countries.

More than half of our Member Networks have faced emergencies over the last three years. Not only have they responded to disasters and helped communities recover faster, but our networks have also helped one another to better prepare for future catastrophic events.

Finally, we would like to congratulate our Member Networks and colleagues for their support and the tremendous work accomplished in these three years, and to warmly thank our global resource partners who made this journey possible, namely the Australian Government’s development policy Australian aid, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, European Union Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid, The UPS Foundation and USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance.

Photo credit:UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon opens the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey/UNOCHA