Argentina: International Forum on Risk Management started, in Salta, with the support of FONPLATA
It is an online event organized by the Ministry of Safety, the Office of the Deputy Minister of Civil Defense and the Provincial University of Public Administration that will be carried out in six meetings with presentations of well-known international specialists. The activity is one of the actions agreed upon within the framework of a non-reimbursable technical cooperation granted by the Development Bank to the Province of Salta. This technical cooperation has already provided cutting-edge technology to strengthen the Province’s disaster management system.
The international online forum: “Risk Management: Six questions to understand local resiliency” started on Tuesday, October 13, the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, and aims at creating an environment for exchanging experiences and knowledge on the subject matter, with special focus on the management of public policies, communication, humanitarian aid, resiliency, and reactivation after disaster. Through these exchanges, the Province of Salta seeks to become a significant actor in the region regarding the compliance with the UN Sendai Framework for Disaster Reduction and in accordance with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 2030 Agenda.
The Minister of Safety of the Province of Salta, Juan Manuel Pulleiro, and the Deputy Secretary of Emergency Planning and Executive Coordination of the Ministry of National Defense of Argentina, Julio Néstor Junco, participated in the opening of the Forum and highlighted the value of FONPLATA’s contribution. The cycle of panels is one of the actions planned within the framework of a non-reimbursable technical cooperation granted by the Development Bank to this Argentine province through an agreement signed with the Office of the Deputy Minister of Civil Defense of the Province. These resources have already enabled the purchase of new radio equipment, the design of their use protocol, the creation of a communication strategy for the local Emergency Operations Center (COE), and training workshops for technical staff.
The first panel discussion, moderated by the Executive Secretary of Redes Chaco and President of FAO-LEAP, Pablo Frère, dealt with the question “What are national and subnational governments doing to prevent and reduce risks?”. The invited panelists were Daniela Rivero Bryant, urban economy, sustainability and resilience specialist from Tulane University (USA); Johanna Granados Alcalá, representative of the UNDDR Regional Office for the Americas and the Caribbean; Patricio Labbé Lagunas, Regional Ministerial Secretary of the Ministry of Public Work of Antofagasta (Chile); and Jaime García, Director of Índice de Progreso Social en América Latina (Latin America Social Progress Index) and Senior Researcher of the Centro Latinoamericano para la Competitividad y Desarrollo Sostenible (Latin-American Center for Competitiveness and Sustainable Development) – INCAE Business School.
The panelists shared recent experiences of different countries in Latin America and the United States on risk management, recovery, and resiliency in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic and the climate change. They stressed the need to approach and build resiliency from a systemic perspective of disasters that takes into account local contexts and strengthens governance and coordination among the countries’ different government levels to safeguard their cities and the lives of their population. Besides, they encouraged the audience to turn adversities into learning opportunities helping to think ahead and generate a “culture that cuts across all sectors of society”, in which “risk management is a shared responsibility, everybody’s business”.
Five more panels are planned to be held on October 15, 22, and 29, and on November 5 and 11, from 12 to 2 pm, Argentine time. If you are interested, you may check the program and register here for free: gestionderiesgos.upap.edu.ar