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HFA National Reports

National Report 2007: National Report on the Implementation of the HFA (2007) - Brazil (Portuguese)

National Report 2006: no reported

National Report 2005:

National Report 2004: National Report in preparation for WCDR (2004) - Brazil (Portuguese)

National Platform

No National Platform reported

HFA National Focal Point

Secretaria Nacional da Defensa Civil (SEDEC)

Ministério da Integração Nacional

Address: Ministerio de Integración Nacional, Esplanada dos Ministerios Bl.E 7 Andar Brasilia, D.F:70067-901

Phone:+5561-32234-717, 3414-5569; Fax:+5561-3226-75-88, 3414-5858

Contact Person: Coronel PM Roberto Costa Guimarães, National Secretary


Technical Focal Point:

Mr. Sergio José Bezerra, Director de Mitigación de Desastres

Phone: (+55) 61-3414-5538/5858, Fax: (+55) 61-3414-5869



Assistant: Mrs. Daniela Lopez


Other contacts

Permanent Mission of Brazil to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva


His Excellency Mr. Clodoaldo Hugueney


Permanent Representative

Address: Avenue Louis Casaï 71, 1216 Cointrin

Tel: +(41-22) 929-0900, Fax: +(41-22) 788-2505


UN System Coordination


UN Resident Coordinator:

Mrs. Kim Bolduc

UN Resident Coordinator / UNDP Resident Representative

Address: EQSW 103/104 Lote 1 Bloco D, Setor Sudoeste, C.P. 07 - 0285, 70670 - 350 Brasilia, DF

Tel: +(55-61)3038-9300, Fax: 00(55-61) 3038-9009



Inter-Agency Support

Ms. Nina Sales, Personal Assistant to RC/RR

Tel: +(55-61) 3038-9102 Fax: +(55-61) 3038-9009


UN Country Team

Ms. Kim Bolduc: Resident Coordinator

Mr. Renato Baumann: Director in Brazil, CEPAL

Mr. José Tubino: Representative in Brazil, FAO

Mr. Cecilia Martinez: Director in Brazil, HABITAT-LAC

Ms. Laís Abramo: Director in Brazil, ILO

Mr. Juan Zavattiero: Representative in Brazil, ITU

Mr. Giovanni Quaglia: Regional Representative, UNODCCP

Mr. Vincent Defourny: Representative a.i. in Brazil, UNESCO

Ms. Alanna Armitage: Representative in Brazil, UNFPA

Mr. Giancarlo Summa: Director in Brazil, UNIC

Ms. Marie Pierre Poirier: Representative in Brazil, UNICEF

Ms. Ana Falu: Regional Programme Director, UNIFEM

Mr. Javier Lopez-Cifuentes: Representative in Brazil, UNHCR

Mr. Paulo Medas: Representative in Brazil, IMF

Mr. Lucien Muñoz: Deputy Resident Representative in Brazil, UNDP

Mr. Pedro Chequer: Country Coordinator, UNAIDS

Ms. Cristina Montenegro: Coordinator in Brazil, UNEP

Mr. Diego Victoria: Representative in Brazil, PAHO/WHO

Mr. John Briscoe: Director in Brazil, IBRD

Mr. Jean-Philippe Bernardini: Coordination Officer, UNDP System

Ms. Nina Sales: Coordination Support, UNDP System

Updated: 6 May, 2008; UNDG: UNCT Brazil

PAHO/WHO Field Office

Mr. Diego Victoria

PAHO/WHO Representative

Address: Setor de Embaixadas Norte, Lote 19, 70800-400 - Brasília, D.F., Brasil / Caixa Postal 08-729, 70312-970 - Brasilia, DF, Brasil

Phone: (+11-55-61)3426-9595/3426-9550/3426-9500 / Fax: (+11-55-61) 3426-9591




Ministerio de Intergraçao Nacional

Ministro: Guedel Vieira Lima

Secretaria Nacional de Defensa Civil

Secretario: Coronel Policia Militar Roberto Costa Guimarães

Staff do Gabinete:

Secretária - Luíza Carla Waldrick: 3414-5736

Secretária - Olivia Soares Barboza: 3414-5869

Assessora Técnica - Danielle Gomes Lontra Heller: 3414-5714

Assessora Técnica - Taís Werner Maia Bandeira: 3414-5714

Assistente - Edilza Souza Fernandes: 3414-5915

Assistente - Maria Helena Batista Policeno: 3414-5915

Departamento de Minimizaçao de Desastres

Diretor - Marcos Antônio Moreira dos Santos: 3414-5536

Secretária - Carla Pessoa de Farias Fernandes: 3414-5536

Coordenador General - Sérgio José Bezerra: 3414-5842

Psicóloga/Assistente Social - Daniela da Cunha Lopes: 3414-5842

Assessor Técnico - Lélio Bringel Calheiros: 3414-5851

Setor de Diárias e Passagens - Ana Cláudia Avena da Cruz: 3414-5850

Gestor - Evaldo Cabral da Silva: 3414-5806

Agente Administrativo - Maria Hosana Bezerra André: 3414-5847

Agente Administrativo - Wallace Leite Lopes: 3414-5742

Assistente - Luís Felipe Lopes de Lima Lins: 3414-5672

Estagiária de Pedagogia - Julce Costa e Silva: 3414-5742

Estagiária de Geologia - Priscila Ernesto Aragão: 3414-5742

Agente Administrativo - Adália Florentino Cavalcante: 3414-5834

Assistente - Mesaque de Oliveira dos Santos: 3414-5834

Instituto Brasileiro de Geografía e Estatística (IBGE)

Tel: 0800-218181



Red Cross Brazil:

Address: Praca Cruz Vermelha No. 10, 20230-130 Río de Janeiro RJ

Phone: (+55-21) 2221-0658 / 507-9277 / Fax: (+55-21) 507-1538 / 507-1594

Email: /


Corporación Andina de Fomento (CAF): Oficina Nacional

Address: Ed. Business Point, SAU/SUL, Quadra 03, loto 02, Bloco C, salas 203 a 208, 70070-934 Brasilia - DF

Phone:(+55) 61-226-8414 / Fax: (+55) 61-225-0633


Inter-American Institute Global Change Research (IAI): Mr. Holm Tiessen, Director

Address: Sao Paulo

Phone: (+55) 12-3945 6854


Country profile:

Official name: Federative Republic of Brazil

Capital: Brasilia

Population: 176.3 million

Density: 68 people per sq km

Total area: 8,511,965 sq km

Languages: Portuguese (official), Spanish, English, French

Religions: Roman Catholic 73.6%, Protestant 15.4%

Ethnic groups: White (includes Portuguese, German, Italian, Spanish) 55%, mixing blacks and whites 38%, black 6% , other 1%

Government: Federative republic

Positión in HDI: 63°

Brazil covers almost half of South America and shares borders with all South American countries except Chile and Ecuador. Due to the country’s geographical characteristics and its size, a variety of climates can be found ranging from tropical to temperate, semi-arid to wet. Around half of the country’s area is part of the massive Amazon basin or watershed. In the Northeast, drought poses a recurrent problem while the South suffers from frequent flooding and, occasionally, cold (freezing) spells.

Man-made disasters have become more frequent due to economic and technological development and it is easy to spot that in many industry centers much harm has been done to the environment and ecosystems, thus contributing significantly to increased vulnerability. Brazil has seen numerous economic difficulties since the sixties and it is recognized that Brazil is one of the countries with the most uneven distribution of income, negatively affecting social development and vulnerability. Virtually uncontrolled growth of cities has reduced the availability of safe land area. Consequently, a large proportion of people, especially those living in poverty, have had no other option but to migrate to risk-prone areas.

Institutional arrangements

Brazil has a National Civil Defense System (SINDEC). A major re-structuring took place on base of official decree 5,376 of 17 February 2005. Presently, SINDEC is made up by offices and entities of the federal government, state (equivalent to ‘provinces’ or departments) governments, offices of the federal district, Civil Defense, and the Ministry of Regional Integration. It has therefore a national coverage. Main objectives of SINDEC are related to planning and promoting preparedness vis-à-vis natural or man-made hazards, and act when needed to prevent or minimize damage. SINDEC is also involved in response and recovery.

SINDEC is structured as follows:

The National Council of Civil Defense (CONDEC), made up of representatives of government ministries. This is the organism that is in charge of the formulation and follow-up of policy. 1. The National Secretariat of Civil Defense (SEDEC), which is the central office of the overall national System of Civil Defense. 2. Regional coordination bodies (CORDEC) that are responsible for coordinating each of the five main regions. 3. Coordination offices at the state level (CEDEC). These coordinate civil defense related activities at the state or federal districts level. 4. Municipal coordination offices (COMDEC). 5. Sectoral bodies in which several governentment offices may participate. 6. Additional entities which have a helper function in order to carry out public awareness or other defined activities. These entities include other government offices as well as NGOs, private agencies and other civil society actors.

On a local level, Civil defense has set up a large number of community-based (small) organized groups. In this way, a much broader commitment from local level organizations and communities can be sought. A main goal of these organized groups is to foster public awareness as regards social and environmental issues in the country.

Recent public awareness activities are certainly a stong indicator that disaster reduction awareness raising is becoming a more important issue. In this connection, almost 14,000 persons received training on disaster reduction. Of those, almost half received their training and information through distance-learning.

The federal government is promoting the incorporation of disaster risk reduction in several sectors. The Ministry of Environment will carry out a national plan for response to events that involve the environment. Furthermore, within the Ministry of Regional Integration the secretariat for hydric infrastructure will implements activitirs aimed at risk reduction.

In short, Brazil is attaching importance to disaster reduction in both prevention and mitigation as well as response. There seems to be sufficient political will to further additional action. The main structures are in place on a general scale. However, many localities will be far from any type of real and practical resources or government-led community activities. Additionally, the country does not have a full-fledged or comprehensive (or moe holistically oriented) national platform as not enough social actors exert real nor lasting influence on policy development.

Source: UN/ISDR The Americas

Climate change


(2007):(Source: Matrix Final - based on national progress report for the Global Platform)

HFA P1 - Institutional and legal framework

Establishment of a national risk management center

Prevention and preparedness program for emergencies and disaster to support the creation and implementation of provincial and municipal civil defense agencies, coordinated with the national civil defense system

The decree n.5.736 (17 February, 2005) to the agencies and entities of the federal public administration of the States. The Federal district and the cities, the private entities and the community, responsibilities for the actions of civil defense in all the domestic territory.

The Decree n.26 (September 2005),institutes the national week of reduction of disasters

HFA P2 - Risk identification and EWS:

Extensive risk mapping initiative

Enhancement of the EWS

HFA P3 - Knowledge and education:

Continued education program led by civil defense

HFA P4 - Risk applications:

Family basket program that benefits families in poverty conditions in hazardous areas (with monthly income for person of R$60.01 R$120,00) and extreme poverty (with monthly income for person of until R$60,00)

HFA P5 - Preparedness and response:

Capacity building for emergencies and disaster relief operations in the Amazonas

Others Documents:

National Policy National Policy of Civil Defense - Brazil. 2007. (Portuguese)

Disaster General Conference - Brazil. 2007 (Portuguese)

Natural Disasters and Impact Priorities for Assessment in Brazil. October 2006

Web Links:

PreventionWeb - Data and Statistic - Disaster Profile Brazil

EM-DAT Country Profile - Natural Disaster Brazil

UN/ISDR Hazards Profile Brazil

ReliefWeb Countries and Emergencies Brazil

Offioial Website República Federativa do Brasil

Website Ministry of Education

Website Ministry of Environment

Ministry of Health

MDG Profile: Brazil

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