Event: Local Action and Partnerships for More Resilient People and Communities

20 June 2012, 1pm
Venue: Conference room T-8, RioCentro, Rio de Janeiro
On the first day of the Rio+20 summit on sustainable development, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, in partnership with the government of Denmark, Ministry of Development Cooperation, the World Health Organisation and The World Bank, will be hosting a high level side event to explore the concept and practice of resilience.
This event will highlight the importance of local action in strengthening the resilience of vulnerable communities and inclusive partnerships across all levels of the humanitarian and developmental sectors as essential factors in meeting the internationally agreed sustainable development agenda. IFRC Secretary General Bekele Geleta will moderate the discussion with panel members from governmental sectors and civil society.
H.E. Mr Christian Friis Bach, Minister for Development Cooperation, Denmark
Mr. Christian Friis Bach is Denmark’s Minister for Development Cooperation, a position he has held since October 2011. He has extensive knowledge of the fields of global sustainability, green growth and development economics. Most recently he was the Special Advisor for EU Commissioner Connie Hedegaard, assisting on the U.N. Global Sustainability Panel. He was International Director of DanChurchAid (2005-2010) and CEO of ViewWorldApS (2010-2011).  An experienced academic, he has held positions of Associate Professor of International Economics/Development Economics at the Royal Danish Agricultural University (1999-2005) and Assistant Professor in Development Economics at the University of Copenhagen (1995-1999). Mr. Friis Bach holds a Ph.D. in International Economics from the Royal Danish Agricultural University.
Dr Margaret Chan, Director General, WHO
Dr Margaret Chan, from the People's Republic of China, obtained her medical degree from the University of Western Ontario in Canada. She joined the Hong Kong Department of Health in 1978, where her career in public health began. In 1994, Dr Chan was appointed Director of Health of Hong Kong, and joined the WHO as Director of the Department for Protection of the Human Environment in 2003. In June 2005, she was appointed Director, Communicable Diseases Surveillance and Response as well as Representative of the Director-General for Pandemic Influenza. In September 2005, she was named Assistant Director-General for Communicable Diseases. Dr Chan was elected to the post of Director-General on 9 November 2006. And the Assembly has just appointed her for a second five-year term at its 65th session in May 2012.
Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director, United Nations World Food Programme
Ms Ertharin Cousin began her tenure as the 12th Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme on 5 April 2012. Ms Cousin has more than 25 years of national and international non-profit, government, and corporate leadership experience focusing on hunger, food, and resilience strategies. Cousin guides the World Food Programme in meeting urgent food needs while championing longer-term solutions to food insecurity and hunger.
Mr Hasan A. Tuluy, Vice-President for Latin America and the Caribbean region, The World Bank
Hasan Tuluy, a Turkish national, became the World Bank Regional Vice President for Latin America and the Caribbean in January 2012. Mr Tuluy has more than 25 years of experience in developing countries, especially in the Middle East and Africa. During his career at the World Bank, Mr. Tuluy has focused on promoting the Bank's role as a reliable partner in finding development solutions for member states through financial, knowledge, and technical assistance services. He holds a Ph.D. in Development Economics and Trade from the Fletcher School, Tufts University, USA.
Ambassador Mr Gabriel Marcelo Fuks, President of White Helmets Commission, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Argentina
Since 2003 Ambassador Fuks is the President of the White Helmets Commission of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Argentina and was recently confirmed in that position by President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. He became politically active in the 70s when during the times of the military coup he joined the struggle against the dictatorship.

After the return of democracy he stood out as a political, university and social leader and was elected as a delegate of the Peronist Youth to the Political Youth Movement. In 2002, he became an activist for the campaign “Néstor Kirchner Presidente”, and since then has participated in numerous activities and political actions in the Frente para la Victoria in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, where he is active today.

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