The LIDERES course—a high-level management course on health, disasters and development—is designed to provide the in-depth and updated knowledge necessary to lead risk reduction programs in Latin America and the Caribbean.  The latest course, the eighth since 2000, took place in Lima, Peru and was co-organized with Peru’s Ministry of Health, the Cayetano Heredia University, UNICEF, the IFRC and the Foundation for Integrated Risk Management.

More than 30 participants from the Americas attended this year’s LIDERES course, representing government agencies, NGOs, international organizations, bilateral donor agencies, academic centers, among others. Their participation demonstrated a regional commitment to disaster risk reduction. The course stressed the need to identify and assess hazards, be aware of vulnerability and implement public risk management policies to deal with it, using an integrated approach that takes into account either new or changed political and socioeconomic conditions.

As a contribution to achieving the Millennium Development Goals, the organizing agencies reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen coordination in disaster preparedness and response, support the exchange of ideas and information on risk management, and improve skills in vulnerability reduction and disaster mitigation. Watch for more in an upcoming Newsletter about the next English-language course that will take place later this year in the Caribbean. More information about past courses at