Peace Boat arrives in Callao, Peru, to welcome children's proposals on resilience building

Peruvian children and youngsters presented proposals for resilience building aboard the Peace Boat.
Photo credit: UNDRR – The Americas

By: Andina

Lima, Jan. 28 - Peace Boat arrived in Callao port to receive proposals from Peruvian children and youngsters to be later taken to the III United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) to be held in Japan.

Peace Boat's goal is to share experiences with Japan at a regional level, in order to promote commitments through the production of resilience for the next world conference.

Aboard the boat, the conference called "Road to Sendai: Sharing achievements and examining challenges in Peru" took place yesterday at the Callao port.

During its 86th Global Voyage, the Peace Boat takes international actions regarding the Global Campaign: "Making cities resilient: My city is getting ready," driven by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR).

Peace Boat receives the Peruvian representative of the United Nations Development Programme, María Luisa Silva; and representatives from the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, the National Center for Risk Prevention and Disaster Risk Reduction (CENEPRED), the Finance Ministry, The Callao Regional Government and other non-governmental organizations.

The feelings and opinions all Latin American children and teenagers will be present in the III UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) in Sendai, Japan from 14 to 18 March.

Today, the Peace Boat participants will receive the 100-meter long "Quipu of Latin America and the Caribbean for Resilience," a special knotted cord containing messages.

In the messages issued by children and teenagers, who participated in the Fourth Session of the Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) of the Americas, held in Ecuador in May 2014, proposals to respect their right to be heard, to participate and to be involved in the decision-making process, were issued.

Peruvian teenager Debora Gonzales, Alfredo Murgueytio, head of INDECI (Peru’s National Civil Defense Institute), and UNICEF representative, Paul Martin, will deliver this Quipu to the Peace Boat representatives.

According to the Inca tradition, the Quipu was a tool to keep relevant data.

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