Meeting between Ms. Mami Mizutori, SRSG and Amb. Foo, Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Singapore, Geneva

UNDRR, Geneva, 31 July 2019

Objective/Purpose of Meeting
Farewell courtesy call to thank SRSG for collaboration

Distribution:
SRSG's Office, Director's Office, ROAP, RPMS, ROAMC, RMS

Participants:
Ambassador Foo, Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Singapore, Geneva
Ms. Mami Mizutori, SRSG and Stina Ljungdell, Chief RMS, UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction

Summary of discussions:

  • Amb. Foo thanked SRSG for her time and informed that he will return to Singapore where he has been assigned to another Ministry, "Work for Singapore" (assisting Singaporeans to re- and up- skill). He will return to MoFA after 2 years and hope their paths would cross again.
  • Amb. Foo thanked UNDRR for good collaboration re capacity workshops hosted by Singapore on an annual basis since 2015. He was very satisfied with the last customized training "The Understanding Risk Management and Risk Financing for Disaster Resilience Training of Trainers (ToT)" that  took place 18–21 June 2019 in Singapore.  The course brought together for the first time 32 senior officials of Caribbean SIDS from Ministries of Finance and Planning, National Emergency Management Offices (NEMOs) and representatives from the Caribbean Disaster and Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA).

  • SRSG thanked Singapore for hosting capacity development workshops in Singapore and suggested that the time may have come for a more structured approach to the support provided by Singapore. It was suggested that if the support would be more substantial and more predicable the in-kind support could be converted into monetary value and UNDRR could report Singapore as a donor.

  • The Ambassador welcomed the idea and promised to put RMS in contact with the right people (in PM and in Singapore) to discuss this further. Amb. Foo did however think that there is a benefit to allow the support to be flexible and tailored according to the most pressing needs at the time.

  • Amb. Foo praised collaboration with UNDRR Communication team and is eagerly awaiting the finalized Web story of the June training which will also be circulated in Singapore and on social media. SRSG mentioned that it could also be placed on the newly launch Regional Platforms webpage, which the Ambassador warmly welcomed.

    Follow up Action:

    RMS to follow up with PM re a more structured approach to capacity building support

    Comms  to liaise with ROAMC to ensure finalized webstory on the " The Understanding Risk Management and Risk Financing for Disaster Resilience Training of Trainers (ToT)" that  took place 18–21 June 2019 in Singapore  will feature in the RP Jamaica webpage