Second Session of the Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the
Americas, Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, Mexico.
Sustainable On March 15 – 17, 2011, the Department of Sustainable
Development jointly with the regional office of the Americas for the
Secretariat of the United Nations International Strategy for
Disaster Reduction, UNISDR Americas, and the Government of Mexico
co-organized and held a Second Session of the Regional Platform for
Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas.
One of the main objectives was to move forward the convergence of
the Disasters Reduction and the Climate Change Adaptation agendas,
accepting and applying risk reduction as an integral part of the
adaptation to climate change. Some of the key issues of the Session
included “Measurable increases in the DRR investments” and “Cities,
schools and hospitals resilient to disasters”. The Second Session
contributed to the Mid-Term Review of the Hyogo Framework for Action
(HFA) and the preparation of the message that will be given at the
Third Session of the Global Platform in Geneva on May 8 – 13, 2011.
Relevant participants of the Second Session were the National Focal
Points for HFA / UNISDR; the National Operational Focal Points of
the Inter-American Network for Disasters Mitigation, representatives
from Ministries of Planning, Environment, Education, Health, Economy
and Finances; representatives from regional and national
associations of municipalities; as well as local governments, the
academic sector, non governmental organizations, communities
associations, financial institutions, and international cooperation
agencies; among others. Agencies of the United Nations System and
the Inter-American System and sub regional intergovernmental
organisms were present as well.
Opening remarks by Assistant Secretary General, Ambassador Albert