Central America is characterized by vulnerability to climate change

Central America today stands out among all regions of the world for its high vulnerability to disasters associated with climate change causes concur representatives of these countries and international organizations.

However, the area prevails internationally by the coordination mechanisms among the countries that form in terms of risk and disaster prevention, said the special envoy of the Nansen Initiative (2012), Walter Kaelin.

The pronouncements of the specialist took place in the context of a meeting held yesterday on the terms of that agreement, which aims to create consensus among States on how best to address the movement across borders in the context of sudden and slow-onset disasters.

Directors attended the meeting of the Coordination Center for the Prevention of Natural Disasters in Central America and ambassadors of the countries in the region, accredited to the United Nations (UN) in Geneva, Switzerland.

These addressed the integration for disaster risk reduction into national policies and the development and strengthening of institutions, mechanisms and capacities to build resilience to hazards.

They also discussed the mainstreaming of approaches to risk reduction in the implementation of preparedness programs, emergency response and recovery, among others.

During the event, dedicated to analyze population movements related events resulting from climate change, the Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the UN, Elayne Whyte, stressed the importance of the discussion in the Nansen Initiative.

A statement from the Foreign Ministry of Costa Rica, the ambassador felt that this is recognized in the Declaration and Plan of Action of Cartagena + 30, as well as updating the figure of the shelter, given the challenges of migration that can be generated by situations like these.

Representatives of the Central American countries agreed to push the issue on the agenda of the area and discussion of the most relevant issues of the Regional Consultation Initiative for Central Nansen.

Likewise, they promised to encourage discussions about the main elements to be considered to the Nansen Protection Initiative Agenda.

It states that at the meeting the head of the Secretariat of the Initiative, Atle Solberg, reported that the 10th and 11th of February 2015 will be a Workshop on Humanitarian Visas in Costa Rica, result of the Regional Consultation which was held in December 2013 in San José.

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