Disaster risk reduction Seminar at the City of Knowledge
The Latin American and the Caribbean Economic System (SELA) held the Regional Seminar “Cooperation between governments and private sector for disaster risk reduction in Latin America and the Caribbean: approach, progress and challenges”, which took place on November 17 and 18 at the Convention Center inside the City of Knowledge.
The event was inaugurated by the Permanent Secretary of SELA, José Rivera Banuet, and co-organized by the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), the Foreign Disaster Assistance Office (OFDA) of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the City of Knowledge Foundation.
During the event the public and private disaster management in the region was analyzed. The general objectives covered an analysis of the approach, progress and challenges of the cooperation between governments and private sector regarding disaster risk reduction in Latin America and the Caribbean by identifying, systematizing and evaluating the diverse mechanisms and cooperation opportunities in the management of natural events in the region.
Representatives of the 28 Member States of SELA participated in the Seminar, as well as sub regional, regional and international organisms, and private and business sectors of Latin America and the Caribbean that are part of the attention and disaster prevention field.
Natural Disasters are affecting the whole world and countries in Latin America and the Caribbean are not the exception. Recent catastrophes are an urgent reminder for regional and international organisms about the efforts they must give in order to reduce disaster risk and the necessity of working in an active and coordinated way.