Crisis Communication Training of Trainers (18 – 20 September 2017) - Grand Serail of Beirut

Sep 20, 2017

"Responding correctly in a crisis can save lives, which is why good communications and coordination between government, the emergency services and the media are so crucial" UK Ambassador to Lebanon Mr. Hugo Shorter said at the opening session of a three days training of trainers on Crisis Communications, organized by the UNDP Disaster Risk Management (DRM) project at the Presidency of the Council of Ministers in collaboration with the UK embassy to Lebanon.

In addition to Mr. Shorter, Mrs. Celine Moyroud, UNDP Country Director, Major General Saadallah al-Hamad, Secretary General of the Higher Defense Council, and Mrs. Karma Ekmekji, International affairs adviser to the President of the Council of Ministers Saad Hariri also participated in the opening session.

Stressing the importance of communication in disaster risk management Mrs. Celine Moyroud, said that the Crisis Communications training is part of UNDP DRM project efforts during the last couple of years, to build up the crisis managing capabilities of DRM committees in key ministries and in all governorates.

Through this training of trainers, participants will gain new expertise in crises communications, as well as training capacities, to share their gained knowledge with other colleagues.

To ensure sustainability, Mrs. Moryroud pointed out that the DRM project will use the valuable material provided by British experts during this training to develop a curriculum on crisis communication adapted to the Lebanese context.

The training aimed at developing and strengthening the skills of key government DRM communication professionals, at the national and regional levels in crisis communications preparedness, coordination and response. A number of journalists and reporters also participated in the training in an effort to improve information management approaches during times of crisis.

Mrs. Karma Ekmekji thanked the United Kingdom and its embassy in Beirut for their support to the government on many levels, hoping that this support and collaboration will be further developed in the future. She added that enhancing Disaster Risk Management in Lebanon is among the priorities of PM Saad Hariri's government.

On the other hand, Major General Hamad reiterated the government's commitments to make Lebanon more resilient to disaster risk, by developing an effecting management of disaster risk and reducing disaster's impact. He also commended the support of UNDP, European Union, The Netherlands, and Kuwait for their generous support to this project.

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