October 19, 2018, Mexico City.- Today, the Director of the Inter-American Center for Social Security Studies (CIESS), Reginald Thomas, closed the activities of the “Resilience in Human Security in the Face of Disaster and Change Risk climate” course-workshop.
The activity, which was attended by representatives from 11 countries of the Americas and the English-speaking Caribbean, ended successfully with a ceremony in which Reginald Thomas, Alfonso Zoreda, CIESS Administrative Technical Secretary; Liliana Charles, CIESS Academic Coordinator and Alexander Coles, from the Florida State University.
In his closing remarks, Reginald Thomas mentioned that “a setback is an opportunity for a comeback, in that sense, we have to have the skills and knowledge necessary to know how to act in the face of a catastrophe.”
The CIESS director thanked the lecturers of the activity for their wise and enriching contributions to a topic as delicate as resilience, while congratulating them and acknowledging them as allies of the Center, in this activity and for future collaborations.
He added that “this type of training contributes to the enrichment of social security systems to the extent that we are better prepared and we become resilient in the face of any disaster.”
For his part, Dr. Alexander Coles, acknowledged having been very happy and attentive during his participation in the workshop, as he said he had never been in an activity as dynamic and enriching as this.
Through a video, Raúl Salazar, head of the United Nations Regional Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), also addressed the participants and facilitators.
During the week, topics of special interest were addressed, such as: challenges in adaptation to climate change and human security within the framework of the 2030 agenda, good practices in preparedness and responses and their impact on disaster risk reduction, What is and how is resilience built?, methodology for the development and measurement of risk reduction plans, among others.
A good practices in emergency management and health disasters workshop was carried out last Wednesday, October 17, the participants of the course-workshop conducted a simulation on the earthquake that occurred on September 19, 2017 in Mexico City, which was carried out with the support of the Virtual Center for Operations in Emergencies and Disasters, of the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS).
The activity was carried out with the support of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the Florida State University and culminated in the delivery of a Resilience plan for disaster risk and climate change, which the participants developed and which is expected to serve as a reference framework to be further developed in their institutions and be prepared for any unforeseen event and make social security institutions, resilient institutions.
The course-workshop becomes more relevant to the current international scenario, where the local becomes global, so it is important to take action to make way for more resilient societies. In this construction, international organizations play a key role as governance actors that influence global development, to contribute to this, the CIESS has developed this academic activity and it is expected to launch a second edition next year.