Posted in Issue 94 January 2004 Member Countries
Ten years after the Yokohama Conference, held in 1995 at the mid-point of the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction, the international community has demonstrated some results through declarations and agreements, but concrete action has been slow to materialize. The Second World Conference on Disaster Reduction, scheduled for January 2005 in Kobe, Japan, is expected to continue identifying practical and concrete ways to incorporate disaster risk reduction into poverty reduction, development and environmental strategies, and to ensure the continuum from relief to sustainable development.
In preparation for the Conference, PAHO will sponsor a series of preparatory meetings in the Americas to identify gaps that still exist in the disaster mitigation agenda regionwide. This regional analysis will form the basis of the agenda of the Americas on disaster mitigation, which will be presented at the Kobe Conference. Meetings are scheduled to take place in Chile in March; Nicaragua in April and the Caribbean in June. More in coming issues of this Newsletter.