A regional expert meeting to continue promoting the use of space-based technologies in disaster risk reduction in Latin America and the Caribbean kicked off today in Mexico City. The event under the title "Enhancing the use of Space-based information in Multi-Hazard Early Warning Systems" is run by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), through its UN-SPIDER progamme, and the Mexican Space Agency (AEM), with the support of Mexico’s National Centre for Disaster Prevention (CENAPRED) and the Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education for Latin America and the Caribbean (CRECTEALC). Experts from Latin America and the Caribbean will address ways in which space-based technologies can be used to improve multi-hazard early warning systems in this region at the premises of CENAPRED until 13 July. The meeting was opened by Dr. Francisco Mendieta, General Director of the Mexican Space Agency, Dr. Javier Rivera, Adjoint Director General of the National Disaster Prevention Centre (CENAPRED) and Dr. Juan-Carlos Villagran de Leon from UNOOSA/UN-SPIDER. Around 50 participants from eight countries representing 20 organizations are taking part in the meeting. More information about the expert meeting is available from the events page. Please see below for a video about the event created by CENAPRED.