Strategy for Disaster Reduction
Latin America and the Caribbean
Newsletter ISDR Inform - Latin America and the Caribbean
Socios en Acción
management has been identified as a cross-cutting tool for removing some
of the most daunting obstacles to development, particularly in poor countries.
Encouraged by the dynamic progress of risk management in recent years,
Guatemalas National Coordination Committee for Disaster Reduction
(CONRED) and other organizations held the countrys first National
Meeting on the subject on 17 October.
the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC),
the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the German Technical
Cooperation Agency (GTZ), the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences
(FLACSO), the Guatemalan Ministry of Planning and San Carlos University.
The Meeting was seen
as a strategic opportunity to promote wide-ranging involvement in risk
management, providing individual and institutional stakeholders with a
forum for the free exchange of ideas, the promotion of current and planned
initiatives, and above all the chance to network and build partnerships.
Identifying the key
actors in risk management in the public sector (both central and local
governments), the private sector, civil society (NGOs, professional guilds,
the media), academia, and the international donor community was one of
the goals of the Meeting, as was holding an open discussion on all issues
related to risk management. Another goal was to promote an analysis of
the connection between risk management and socioeconomic development.
Three open round tables
were held during the Meeting, featuring prestigious national and international
experts. They focused, respectively, on management for risk reduction;
local risk management; and risk management and sustainable human development.
A series of lectures dealt with the following topics:
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