With the support of the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), the “Resilience in Human Security before the Risk of Disasters and Climate Change” course-workshop is inaugurated.

Mexico City, October 15, 2018- In 1994, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), released in its report on human development, an analysis in which it introduced the concept of human security. Although previously the term already existed, the international context of the 90s, brought about the possibility for the sensitivity and the relevant discussion on issues related to development and well-being.1

In this context, human security has become more significant in States and International public agenda discussions. An important precedent was the Millennium Development Goals and currently the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, which have both influenced the definition of the agendas and the National Development Plans of the signatories, which in turn seek the construction of more resilient societies, that is, the capacity of societies to face any type of adversity.

Under this premise, contributing to the issue through training and strengthening of social security institutions, the Inter-American Center for Social Security Studies (CIESS), inaugurates the “Resilience in human security in the face of disaster risk and climate change” course-workshop.

The inauguration of the activity was in the charge of Omar de la Torre de la Mora, General Secretary of the Inter-American Conference on Social Security (CISS), who in his opening remarks mentioned that “the course-workshop leads us to think about a deeper analysis on the integral recovery in matters of development as important as the economy”.

At the same time, he emphasized that “America is one of the most exposed regions of the planet, only in the first six weeks of 2017 there were losses of over 265 billion dollars, so it has become the most expensive year and it is in this sense that social security has decided to react to seek to be an ideal vehicle to support the elements that have to be contemplated in a comprehensive resilience work”.

Omar de la Torre added that the CISS is working on the elaboration of a protocol to create guidelines for member countries that will help them recover from any catastrophe which emerged from the signing of a memorandum with the Organization for Economic Development Cooperation (OECD).

For his part, Humberto Jaime, facilitator of the activity, mentioned that “the main challenge in the construction of resilience is self-protection and self-determination, therefore before thinking about the design of public policies, we have to think more sensitively about how we act in a catastrophe and come out resilient”.

The main objective of the course-workshop is to contribute to the strengthening of the resilience of member institutions and the human security of its officials through the provision of knowledge and tools for the incorporation of an integral disaster risk management and an adaptation to climate change as key elements to cope with natural threats.

Developed with the support of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the Florida State University; the course-workshop will have the presence of a prestigious faculty during the week of activities, among which are: Dr. Ciro Ugarte, Director of the Emergency Department of Health of PAHO; Dr. Alexander Coles, Director of the Urban Risk Center at the University of Florida; Henry Peralta international lecturer and senior researcher in disaster risk management and territorial resilience; Dr. Alexander Mirescu, promoter of the Global Campaign for Resilient Cities; Humberto Jaime, strategic communication advisor for sustainable development; among others.

Within the framework of this relevant academic activity, a specific workshop will be held on “Good practices in preparedness and response for health emergencies and disatster managment” which will take place on Wednesday, October 17.

The course-workshop has 21 participants from: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Guatemala, British Virgin Islands, Mexico, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Panama and Peru.

This course-workshop is one of the most important activities of the year, as it is a theme that is incorporated for the first time at the Center with the purpose of supporting the creation of public policies focused on the human being and in harmony with the environment, as well as how to incorporate disaster risk management and promote a culture of resilience and prevention in institutions and individuals.

1 United Nations Development Program, report on human development 1994, United Nations, New York, 1994.