International Strategy for Disaster Reduction
Latin America and the Caribbean   

2005 - 2004

February - 2005

Follow up to the World Conference on Disaster Reduction (WCDR) Kobe, Hyogo, Japan, 18-22 January 2005

WCDR official documents available on-line
Official documents resulting from the WCDR are now available on-line, with the final versions expected to be made available shortly through the usual channels.
Of particular interest, they include the negotiated documents that will be part of the final report :
* Draft Programme Outcome Document: Hyogo Framework for Action, 2005-2015 (A/CONF.206/L.2/Rev.1), and
* Hyogo Declaration (A/CONF.206/L.3/Rev.1);

as well as the document that resulted from the Special Session on the Indian Ocean disaster:
* Draft Common Statement for the Special Session on the Indian Ocean Disaster: Risk Reduction for a Safer Future (A/CONF.206/L.6/Rev.1).

The conference also took note of the review of the Yokohama Strategy undertaken by the ISDR secretariat, the report of which is also available on-line:
* Review of the Yokohama Strategy and Plan of Action for a Safer World (A/CONF.206/L.1)

Official documents are available for download at:

Daily comprehensive reporting services of the WCDR provided by the International Institute for Sustainable Development's (IISD) Earth Negotiations Bulletin team are available at

International Early Warning Programme launched at the WCDR
On 19 January an International Early Warning Programme (IEWP) was launched by UN/ISDR's Programme for the Promotion of Early Warning. Proposed at the Second International Conference on Early Warning held in Bonn, Germany in October 2003, the Programme is dedicated to reducing disasters through effective people-centred early warning systems. The IEWP is a vehicle by which partner organizations cooperate and develop shared and systematic approaches to advancing early warning systems worldwide, aiming to develop international dialogue on early warning and related issues.
Further information is available at the UN/ISDR's Programme for the Promotion of Early Warning (PPEW) website:

2005 nomination process of the UN Sasakawa Award for Disaster Reduction
Nomination booklets are now available for the annual nomination process of the UN Sasakawa for Disaster Reduction. Join us in rewarding individuals and institutions from around the world who contributed, through innovative practices and outstanding initiatives, to reducing the risk and vulnerabilities of communities to natural hazards! Nomination forms are available in English, French and Spanish at and must be submitted by 29 July 2005.
For further information on the UN Sasakawa Award for Disaster Reduction, please refer to or contact

Living with Risk: A global review of disaster reduction initiatives - NEW Spanish translation and CD-ROM available
UN/ISDR's flagship publication "Living with Risk: A global review of disaster reduction initiatives" has been translated into Spanish and is now available on CD-ROM from UN/ISDR's regional outreach unit for Latin America and the Caribbean. The translation was possible thanks to the support from the Multinational Andean Project: Geosciences for the Andean Communities (PMA:GCA), an international cooperation project 2002-2008, co-funded by the Canadian International Development Agency.

To obtain a copy of "Vivir con el Riesgo: Un informe mundial sobre las iniciativas para la reducción de desastres" on CD-ROM, please contact
The English version of "Living with Risk: A global review of disaster reduction initiatives" is now available on CD-ROM from UN Publications, and can be ordered from or through the website

NEW UN/ISDR information resources: Know Risk and CD-ROM set

Launched and attracting widespread appreciation at the WCDR, Know Risk is a fully illustrated, 376-page book with over 160 authors relating their work in disaster reduction at international, regional, national, municipal and local levels, reflecting progress over the past ten years, highlighting good practices and drawing on the findings of the Yokohama review.
To order a copy, please refer to or contact UN Publications at
A flyer on Know Risk is available at

Disaster Risk Reduction 1994-2004 comprises a set of 3 CD-ROMs, representing the first compilation of disaster risk reduction documentation and information (in full text) derived from a range of ISDR partners around the world. Comprising reviews and reports prepared and collected in the context of the review of the Yokohama Strategy, it presents guidelines, tools, articles and case studies to promote and support the application of disaster risk reduction.
For further information on the CD set, please refer to or contact Marie-Lou Darricau,

Thoughtweb/relief website for dialogue on the tsunami disaster
The Pacific Disaster Center (PDC), in collaboration with ThoughtWeb, Inc. of Australia, has created a website to facilitate information sharing and collaboration regarding the ongoing relief efforts in the Indian Ocean tsunami disaster. Aiming to provide a platform through which people can obtain information and exchange ideas about the tsunami disaster, which is expected to evolve reflecting the needs of the impacted region change.
Login to the website at

UNEP Environment and Poverty Times for the WCDR
On the occasion of the WCDR, UNEP published issue number 3 of its "Environment and Poverty Times" newspaper series. This issue looks at the relations between different environments - the social configuration, economic possibilities, institutional arrangements and political systems, the state of the environment, natural predispositions of an area - and how these influence the occurrence of disasters and their effects.
" Environment and Poverty Times" number 3 is available on-line at

New re-designed ReliefWeb
At the WCDR ReliefWeb launched its re-designed new site, which provides a range of comprehensive services previously available to users in addition to new features to deliver what is needed where it is needed as quickly as possible. Among a number of new features is a filter tool for selecting content by relief sectors or by information source to find who is working in which sector in a given emergency. A new personalization tool called "My ReliefWeb" also allows users to save documents and maps on-line for easier reference.
Take a look at the new ReliefWeb at

"The Eighth Plague: West Africa's locust invasion" - IRIN News launches web special on locusts
The UN's Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN) news service prepared a web special that was launched at the WCDR. The web special comprises a range of articles, analyses and video on the plague that struck West Africa in 2004.
The web special is available at

ISDR Highlights is a monthly email update on current news in disaster reduction published by the Inter-Agency Secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR).
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