The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) signed a far-reaching partnership agreement with international leading express and logistics provider DHL. In 2005, UNDP and its partners worked to establish three teams of DHL employee volunteers at three strategic airports to speed the delivery of relief supplies and equipment to disaster sites.
Disaster relief experts have long struggled to deliver aid quickly to remote disaster areas immediately following a catastrophe when overcoming transportation and logistics challenges can mean the difference between life and death. Now, DHL set up its own global network of three DHL Disaster Response Teams. They are located in Singapore, Dubai, and Panama to cover Asia-Pacific, the Middle East/Africa and Latin America/Caribbean respectively.
In the event of a major catastrophe, teams composed of specially trained DHL employees help manage crucial logistics operations in airports close to the affected region. Each team consists of up to 100 volunteers. DHL will also support UNDP in its leadership role in reducing disaster risk and building national capacities to reduce this risk.