<< Simulation by birds. (Not a bird flu simulation, for once) | ARCHIVES | Topoff 3: questions about its effectiveness >>
Interpol have just held a humanitarian disaster response exercise, together with two UN agencies. Interpol?
Exercise 'Bright Horizon' was a table top, held in Geneva on 23-24 March, aimed at "facilitating coordination between humanitarian organisations, international organisations and the international law enforcement community in responding to man-made or natural disasters."
Well, actually, it was to "improve coordination between humanitarian organisations and the security and law enforcement community", according to Sir David Veness, UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) Under-Secretary-General, and a former senior Metropolitan Police officer. As recent kidnappings in Iraq have demonstrated, in this day and age, humanitarian workers have to be protected from the people they have come to help.
Alas the feedback we get is vague:
"Participants in the exercise discussed points of view on a series of questions from which best practices and follow-up work could be developed, including further such exercises, and dialogue on specific issues such as missing persons and collaboration on the safety of humanitarian staff assisting in disaster relief.......It was a first step to achieving greater understanding of the differing yet complementary roles of each organisation."