The Second Session of the Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas took place in Nayarit, Mexico, from 15 to 17 March 2011. The event was organized by the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) with support from the Organization of American States (OAS), the World Bank’s Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), IFRC, OXFAM, USAID/OFDA, UNDP, OCHA, PAHO/WHO, the Government of Canada, and the Government of Mexico as the host country.

Over 300 participants from the countries and territories of the Region of the Americas attended the meeting. Discussions focused on trends, achievements, and lines of action for making disaster risk reduction an integral part of development processes at regional, national, and local levels.

The Platform brought together officials from ministries and other government agencies, representatives of NGOs and civil society, intergovernmental organizations, the international community, academia, the private sector, and others involved in development processes and risk management.

Conclusions from this meeting will serve as input to the Third Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Reduction, to be held from 8 to 13 May in Geneva, Switzerland. The “Communiqué from Nayarit on Lines of Action to Strengthen Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas” can be viewed at: