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Published on : Wednesday, November 27, 2013
In view of the repeated occurrence of natural disasters in various parts of the world and the devastation caused by them a conference was held primarily be the nations directly affected by them. The first International Workshop on Disaster Risk Management Associated with Natural Phenomena was held Tuesday in Mexico City. The conference meeting, organized by the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) in collaboration with the host country, sought to examine the current state of preparedness within the Greater Caribbean region and propose a way forward in dealing with natural disasters and climate change.
Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs Jose Antonio Meade Kuribrena, in his address, highlighted the gravity of the situation facing the region, noting its increasing susceptibility to natural disasters and the adverse environmental effects ensued by changes in the global climate. His concerned call for unified action, on the part of Latin American and Caribbean States, beckoned the gathering to “work on creating greater institutional capacity to mitigate disaster risk before, during and after they occur.”
His Excellency Alfonso Munera, Secretary General of the ACS, echoed the sentiments of the Foreign Affairs Secretary, stressing the importance of the issue to the Greater Caribbean region. The theme of Disaster Risk, one of the focal areas which forms part of the ACS portfolio, according to the Secretary General was one of special interest, especially in recent times given the frequency of occurrence. The increased rate of occurrence has rendered the region more, now than ever, prone to risk – a risk detrimental to our natural environments, resources and our people. His Excellency cited the meeting initiative, the first by the ACS and the government of Mexico, as crucial in developing and establishing mechanisms for disaster preparedness, management and recovery. He said to save thousands of family get severely destroyed by the natural disasters and it was important that a certain degree of caution should always be there.