Significant Experiences on Risk Reduction in the Americas

Inter-American Plan for Disaster Prevention and Response and the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance

The Inter-American Plan for Disaster Prevention and Response and the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance was elaborated by the Permanent Council and CEPCIDI Joint Working Group on “Existing Mechanisms for Disaster Prevention and Response and Humanitarian Assistance among the Member States”, established in 2009 by mandate of the General Assembly, resolution AG/RES. 2492 (XXXIX-O/09). Such resolution instructed “the Permanent Council and the Inter-American Council for Integral Development to convene a meeting to begin the process of joint assessment of existing legislative and coordination mechanisms in the natural disaster and humanitarian assistance areas, which takes into account coordination efforts that can be made by the Organization, and to consider the advisability of updating them, presenting a proposal for action ...”

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Endorsement of the plan

The OAS General Assembly endorses the Inter-American Plan for Disaster Prevention and Response and the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance at its XLII ordinary meeting, in the city of Cochabamba of the Plurinational State of Bolivia. During his inauguration speech, Secretary General José Miguel Insulza stated: “I believe that a great step forward has been taken with the adoption of the Inter-American Plan for Disaster Prevention and Response and the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance, prepared by the Working Group of OAS member States. In that it contains concrete suggestions related to risk management and the coordination of international humanitarian assistance within a framework of national sovereignty and with active citizen participation, this Plan will serve as our foundation for furthering the agreements on this topic reached at the Summit…”

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