UN launches first State Assessment of Disaster Risk Reduction in Panama

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With the growing trend of losses and damage associated with the impact of natural phenomena in the region, and the consequent challenge to meeting development goals; the Government of Panama, through the Ministry of Government and the National System of Civil Protection (SINAPROC), commissioned the United Nations system (based at the City of Knowledge) and strategic partners, to create the first "State Assessment of Disaster Risk Reduction in the Republic of Panama".

The analysis aims to measure the progress in disaster risk reduction in the Central American country, based on the priorities of global instruments in this subject, adopted by the Member States of the United Nations: the recently adopted Sendai Framework 2015-2030 and its predecessor the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015.

The report includes key recommendations to strengthen disaster risk reduction and prioritize it in public policy, to contribute to the series of reforms and actions aimed at reducing poverty and inequality, as well as strengthening processes for democratic and institutional governance undertaken by the National Government.

The evaluation was received by Milton Henríquez, Minister of Government of the Republic of Panama, at the hands of Martín Santiago, Resident Coordinator of the UN System in Panama, and Ricardo Mena, Head of the Regional Office for the Americas of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR); within the framework of the First Ordinary Session 2016 of the National Platform of Comprehensive Disaster Risk Management of Panama, headed by José Donderis, Director of the National System of Civil Protection (SINAPROC). Roy Barbosa, Executive Secretary of the Coordination Center for the Prevention of Natural Disasters in Central America (CERPEDENAC), and representatives of various sectors of the national level attended the event.

The "State Assessment of Disaster Risk Reduction in the Republic of Panama" is the result of a joint effort that had the expertise provided by the regional offices of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Developmet Programme (UNDP), the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO / WHO), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF) and UN Women; as well as specialized institutions of Chile, Colombia and the International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC).