UN and PCM present Global Assessment Report (GAR) in Peru

Manuel Mesones, PCM Secretary General, Maria Luisa Silva, Peru UN Resident Coordinator, and Andrew Maskrey, Coordinator of the 2015 GAR. Photo Credit: Courtesy of UN Peru.

Source: UN Peru.

LIMA, Peru July 14, 2015 - The United Nations launched today in Lima the Spanish version of the Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction 2015 (GAR) prepared by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR).

The launch ceremony, organized jointly by the UN and the Presidency of the Council of Ministers (PCM), was led by Maria Luisa Silva, UN Resident Coordinator in Peru and Manuel Mesones, Secretary General of the PCM.

The document was presented by Andrew Maskrey, coordinator of 2015 GAR Report, who arrived in Lima especially for the event. The GAR is a biannual publication that reviews the impact of disasters and provides strategic policy guidance to countries on integrated risk management.

The presentation highlighted that Peru is one of the countries with the greatest advances in disaster risk management (DRM) in the region, having a National DRM system (SINAGERD) and a National Plan (PLANAGERD) that sets objectives and lines of action through 2021.

However, the country regularly faces natural hazards (El Niño, mudflows, torrential rain, cold fronts, earthquakes, etc.), that with the disorganized urban development of cities and the territory and an insufficient culture of prevention, increases the possibility of serious damage and loss. In that sense, almost 61% of its population is in a vulnerable situation in the face of a possible occurrence of adverse events.

During the event, Raúl Salazar of the UNiSDR Regional Office presented the Sendai Framework for Action, agreed to last March at the Third UN World Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction and which establishes new global priorities for the period 2015 and 2030. For his part, Víctor Muñoz, of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, set forth Peru's participation in the Sendai negotiations.

After the presentations, relevant actors from the national, public, and private sectors, as well as from civl society, participated in discussion panels in order to advance in the identification of national priorities for disaster risk reduction.

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