Background

As a preparedness measure, many humanitarian response actors pre-position emergency supplies at the national, regional and global levels in preparation for humanitarian responses.
While members of the humanitarian community coordinate emergency response activities after major disasters, there is potential for improving the pre-positioning of relief supplies by developing a global pre-positioning strategy with the aim to reduce gaps and overlaps in emergency preparedness and to optimize the use of funds and resources.
To accomplish this, interested stakeholders proposed to establish an international Working Group on Emergency Supply Pre-positioning Strategies (ESUPS) with the aim to improve the predictability and, relevance of pre-positioned emergency supplies, and to ensure their timely and efficient dispatch and replenishment.
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