VANCOUVER, B.C. <April 4, 2013> – As the newest member of a United Nations disaster risk reduction organization, the Weir-Jones Group has pledged to develop public-private partnerships and support the development and strengthening of national and local laws, regulations, policies and programs that will help reduce the risk of disasters.
In late March, Weir-Jones, a specialist in systems that provide early warnings of earthquakes, landslides, pipeline leaks and other potentially disastrous events, became the first company in Canada to join the Geneva-based Disaster Risk Reduction Private Sector Partnership (DRR-PSP), an initiative of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).
Weir-Jones in the next 12 months will undertake the following actions to promote and establish DRR values and strategies globally and within British Columbia and Canada:
Weir-Jones joins 36 other companies in the partnership. The group was created to increase private sector involvement in disaster risk reduction by mobilizing resources and expertise to protect communities, environments and businesses.
The UN General Assembly adopted the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction in December 1999 and established UNISDR, the secretariat to ensure its implementation. UNISDR is the UN's focal point for the coordination of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction and the harmonization of stakeholder activities.
The strategy brings governments, organizations, universities, institutions, corporations and individuals together to reduce economic losses as well as loss of lives to events such as earthquakes, floods, droughts and cyclones
"The mission of The Weir-Jones Group is to provide innovative and sustainable engineering solutions that reduce the impact of disasters and maintain a green and safe ecosystem in Canada and around the world,’’ says company founder and President Iain Weir-Jones. “Our monitoring systems are beneficial for communities, businesses and individuals, which makes our mission consistent with UNISDR's objectives. We are excited to be part of the Disaster Risk Reduction Private Sector Partnership Working Group.”
As a DRR-PSP working group member – along with companies such as Glaxo Smith Kline, AECOM, Marsh and Titan America – Weir-Jones will have access to valuable disaster risk reduction resources within the UN system.
“Our extensive experience in providing specialized engineering solutions to enhance public safety will bring added value to the table,” says Alireza Taale, Business Development Manager for Weir-Jones. “At the same time, having access to vast amounts of international expertise available through DRR-PSP will enable us to serve our existing and future clients more efficiently.”