In July, participants gathered in Guatemala for the Mitch +10 Regional Forum to strengthen Central American policy guidelines on risk management. The Mitch + 10 Declaration states that risk management must be integrated into planning processes and public investment. The Declaration calls on the region to reduce gender gaps of those affected by disasters, to lessen dependence on international cooperation in integrating risk management processes, to strengthen local risk reduction and disaster response capacity, and to update the regional risk reduction plan, among other issues.

The meeting brought together governments, U.N. agencies, donors, and other stakeholders to exchange experiences and lessons learned about risk management in the 10 years since Hurricane Mitch caused severe damage in Central America, and which serve as the basis for regional policy on risk management. The forum was organized by CEPREDENAC with the support of the Central American Integration System (SICA) and the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for Development (AECID). The full Declaration can be viewed at: