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AG/RES. 1755 (XXX-O/00)
6 June 2000
Original: English 

RESOLUTION

OAS NATURAL DISASTER REDUCTION AND RESPONSE MECHANISM

(Resolution adopted at the fourth plenary session, held on June 6, 2000)

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY,

HAVING SEEN the Report of the Permanent Council and the Inter-American Committee on Natural Disaster Reduction (IACNDR) on the implementation of AG/RES. 1682 (XXIX-O/99);

RECALLING:

Resolution AG/RES. 1682 (XXIX-O/99), OAS Natural Disaster Reduction and Response Mechanism, which called for the establishment of the IACNDR in order "to strengthen the planning and disaster management activities of the OAS so as to respond more effectively to the increasingly frequent natural disasters in the Hemisphere;"

The Plan of Action for the Sustainable Development of the Americas which takes into account the need to prepare states to address the destructive consequences of natural disasters on the countries of the Hemisphere;

NOTING:

The harmful effects of Hurricanes Jose and Lenny on the vulnerable countries of the Caribbean during the 1999 hurricane season and the predictions for twelve hurricanes during the 2000 season which commenced on June 1, 2000;

The loss of life, the destruction of property and valuable infrastructure, the disruption in economic activity and the resulting impoverishment of entire sub-regions as a consequence of natural disasters; and

TAKING NOTE of the work undertaken by the Association of Caribbean States, the CARICOM and various regional agencies in the Hemisphere, including the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency, the Central America Center for the Prevention of Natural Disasters, and the White Helmets Initiative;

ACKNOWLEDGING the important work undertaken by the Secretary General, the Assistant Secretary General, the President of the Inter-American Development Bank, the Director General of the Pan American Health Organization, the Secretary General of the Pan American Institute of Geography and History, the Director General of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture, the Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development, other national, regional, and international institutions which have provided support and assistance to the IACNDR and the countries afflicted by natural disasters, including the White Helmets Initiatives and the Pan American Development Foundation,

RESOLVES:

    1. To instruct the Secretary General, as Chairman of the IACNDR, to continue to support the activities of the IACNDR, especially through its three working groups, with the aim of securing the necessary financial resources, ensuring greater preparedness, and reducing vulnerability to the extent possible within the countries of the Hemisphere.
    2. To keep the Permanent Council informed of the on-going work of the IACNDR.
    3. To request the Secretary General to present to the General Assembly at its thirty-first regular session a report on the implementation of this resolution.
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