2nd Session of the Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas

Event Organisers: 


Government of Mexico, The Organization of American States (OAS)

Venue City: 

Nuevo Vallarta


15/03/2011 to 17/03/2011

Language of event: 



This second biennial session of the Regional Platform for DRR in the Americas will focus on tendencies, achievements and ways forward surrounding DRR as an integral part of development processes at the regional, national and local levels.

This event will bring together ministries and government authorities at various levels, NGOs and civil society, inter-governmental agencies, the international community, academia and the private sectors, as well as other actors involved in development processes and risk management.

Second session of the Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction - 2011

Two years after this first session, the UNISDR and the Organization of American States as co-conveners, along with the Government of Mexico as host to this second biannual session, are pleased to announce the convening of the II Session of the Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas to be held in 2011 in Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, Mexico.

An Advisory Board has been conformed to provide overall guidance for the organization of the Regional Platform’s second session. This Board is composed by UNISDR, OAS, the Government of Mexico, CEPREDENAC, CDEMA, CAPRADE, REHU, the World Bank, PAHO, IDB, UNDP, OCHA and the IFRC.

Based on the findings of the 2009 sessions of the Regional Platform and subsequent Global Platform, the strategic objectives of the 2011 second session of the Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas are as follows:

  • Disaster Risk Reduction accepted and applied for Climate Change Adaptation.
  • Measurable increases in investments in disaster risk reduction
  • Disaster-resilient cities, schools and hospitals
  • Institutional strengthening of DRR
  • HFA Mid-Term Review
  • Message to the Global Platform 2011

The proposed structure for this second session is comprised of plenary sessions and working groups. Plenary sessions will focus on the role of ISDR for advancing the disaster risk reduction agenda at the global level, the role of the OAS at the hemispheric level and the role of inter-governmental organizations at the subregional level. In keeping with this are the national governments and National Platforms that will present advances and tendencies at the country level, as well as specific contributions based on best practices and initiatives undertaken since the 2009 session of the regional platform.

Participants in this second session will include national HFA / ISDR focal points, representatives from ministries of planning, environment, education, health, economy and finance; representatives from regional and national associations of municipalities as well as from local governments; the academic sector, non-government organizations, community organizations, financial institutions and cooperation agencies as well as other United Nations system agencies.

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