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Minister Edmund Castro attends Disaster Risk seminar in Cartagena, Colombia

Posted: Saturday, June 23, 2018. 1:27 p.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: Minister of National Emergency Management, Edmund Castro, recently attended the Sixth Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas and the Third Meeting of Ministers and Authorities on the Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 in Cartagena, Colombia from June 20-22.

In yesterday’s meeting, a declaration was recognized which is aimed towards strengthening national and regional platforms, organized by the region’s countries, whose aim is to make progress on disaster risk reduction while also emphasizing the necessity of increasing knowledge about the occurrences that cause loss of life and damage to infrastructure in our territories that are not recognized by administrative, economic, social, or environmental boundaries.

According to the release, the declaration also confirms the multi-disciplinary nature in which the disaster risk approach entails and its impacts that are generated by opposing measures on the economy of the Americas and Caribbean. It also aims towards emphasizing the need to have facts that supports decision making with respect to disaster risk reduction, financial protection, preparation for disaster management and post-disaster recovery phases.

The need to continue with the development of effective regional and national campaigns as tools for public awareness and education while also promoting the principles of disaster prevention, resilience, and responsible citizenship is also recognized.

The Minister is expected to be returning today.

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