Overview

 

Regional Office for the Americas and the Caribbean

Our regional office provides support to actors throughout the region, including North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean, fostering a culture of disaster prevention and building disaster resilient nations and communities.


 

DRR and COVID -19 in the Americas and the Caribbean

DRR and COVID -19 in the Americas and the Caribbean
DRR and COVID -19 in the Americas and the Caribbean

 


 


Business resilience - English subtitles


 

Bridging the gender divide in early warnings access across the Caribbean

Bridging the gender divide in early warnings access across the Caribbean.
Bridging the gender divide in early warnings access across the Caribbean. 
Contact us

UNDRR Americas and the Caribbean
Calle Luis Bonilla, 112
City of Knowledge
Clayton
Ancon
0843-03441
Panama City, Panama

Phone: +507 317 1120

Countries

COUNTRY OFFICIAL FOCAL POINT TYPE CONTACT WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Antigua and Barbuda National Office of Disaster Services Sendai Framework +268 4624206 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Argentina Comisión Cascos Blancos, Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores Sendai Framework + 54 (11) 4342-6357 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Argentina Ministerio de Seguridad Nacional .Secretaria de Protección Civil Sendai Framework COUNTRY PROFILE
Bahamas National Emergency Management Agency (Bahamas) Sendai Framework VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Barbados Department of Emergency Management Sendai Framework +246 4387575 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Belize National Emergency Management Organization Sendai Framework +501 8222054 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Bolivia Viceministerio de Defensa Civil Sendai Framework +591 22430770 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Brazil Secretaria Nacional de Defesa Civil, Ministério da Integração Nacional Sendai Framework +55 6134145869 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Brazil Secretaria Nacional de Prote Sendai Framework (61) 2034-5736 (61) 2034-5513 COUNTRY PROFILE
Brazil Ministerio de Integración Nacional Sendai Framework COUNTRY PROFILE
British Virgin Islands Department of Disaster Management Sendai Framework +284 4684200 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Canada Public Safety Canada Sendai Framework 1-800-830-3118 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Canada Public Safety Canada National Platform 1-800-830-3118 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Chile Oficina Nacional de Emergencia Sendai Framework +56 2 22524200 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Chile Oficina Nacional de Emergencia National Platform +56 2 22524200 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Colombia Unidad Nacional para la Gestión del Riesgo de Desastres Sendai Framework +571 5529696 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Costa Rica Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias Sendai Framework +506 2102828 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Costa Rica Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias Sendai Framework +506 2102828 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Cuba Estado Mayor Nacional de la Defensa Civil de Cuba Sendai Framework +537 864 0024 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Dominica Office of Disaster Management Sendai Framework +1 7674487777 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Dominican Republic Presidencia de la Rep Sendai Framework COUNTRY PROFILE
Dominican Republic Defensa civil Sendai Framework VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Ecuador Secretaría de Gestión de Riesgos Sendai Framework +593 4 2593500 ext. 1701 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
El Salvador Dirección General de Protección Civil, Prevención y Mitigación de Desastres Sendai Framework +503 22810888 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
El Salvador Dirección General de Protección Civil, Prevención y Mitigación de Desastres Sendai Framework +503 22810888 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Grenada National Disaster Management Agency Sendai Framework +1 473 440 0838 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Guatemala Coordinadora Nacional para la Reducción de Desastres Sendai Framework +502 23240800 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Guyana Civil Defense Commission Sendai Framework +592 2268815 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Haiti Direction de la Protection Civile (Haiti) Sendai Framework +509 2453222 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Honduras Comisión Permanente de Contingencias Sendai Framework +504 22290606 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Jamaica Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management Sendai Framework +1 876906-9674-5 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Mexico Coordinacion Nacional de Proteccion Civil Sendai Framework COUNTRY PROFILE
Nicaragua Sistema Nacional para la Prevención, Mitigación y Atención de Desastres Sendai Framework +505 2687249 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Nicaragua Sistema Nacional para la Prevención, Mitigación y Atención de Desastres National Platform +505 2687249 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Panama Sistema Nacional de Proteccion Civil (Panama) Sendai Framework +507 3160053 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Paraguay Ministro de la Secretar Sendai Framework COUNTRY PROFILE
Paraguay Ministro de la Secretar National Platform COUNTRY PROFILE
Peru Secretaría de Gestión Pública de la Presidencia del Consejo de Ministros Sendai Framework COUNTRY PROFILE
Peru Presidencia del Consejo de Ministros Sendai Framework +51 1 219 7000 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Saint Kitts and Nevis National Emergency Management Agency (Saint Kitts and Nevis) Sendai Framework +1-869-466 5100 COUNTRY PROFILE
Saint Kitts and Nevis National Emergency Management Agency (Saint Kitts and Nevis) Sendai Framework +1-869-466 5100 COUNTRY PROFILE
Saint Lucia National Emergency Management Organisation Sendai Framework +1 758 4523 802 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Saint Lucia National Emergency Management Organisation Sendai Framework +1 758 4523 802 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines National Emergency Management Office (Saint Vincent and the Grenadines) Sendai Framework +1 784 456 2975 COUNTRY PROFILE
Suriname National Coordination Center For Disaster Relief Sendai Framework (597) 52 0840 / 42 6416 COUNTRY PROFILE
Trinidad and Tobago Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management, the Sendai Framework +1 8686401285 ext 14221 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
United States of America Department of the Interior Sendai Framework VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Uruguay Sistema Nacional de Emergencias Sendai Framework +598 2 150 3926 VIEW WEBSITE COUNTRY PROFILE
Venezuela, Bolivarian Rep of Viceministerio de Gesti Sendai Framework COUNTRY PROFILE

News and events

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The cities of Blumenau, Jaragua do Sul, Rio do Sul, Itajaí, Tubarão and Florianopolis from the southern state of Santa Catarina, Brazil joined the Making Cities Resilient world disaster reduction campaign. Santa Catarina is in an area constantly hit by hydrometeorological phenomena that impact negatively on its population, the participation of these cities in the campaign is very relevant and demonstrates the political commitment of its authorities towards disaster risk reduction.
Strict building codes in Chile, the legacy of a devastating 9.5 magnitude earthquake in 1960, continue to play a large part in protecting people even when an 8.8 magnitude earthquake struck 50 near Concepcion on 27 February 2010, says UNISDR. “In earthquake zones, three factors affect our degree of risk: changes to our natural environment, the quality of the built environment around us, and whether awareness and knowledge is widespread enough for us to modify our behaviour in response to these factors,” said Margareta Wahlström, the United Nations' top disaster risk reduction official. “The key to surviving high magnitude quakes is to live and work in seismically safe buildings, while being aware of how nature around us can also change.”
Joseph Deiss, President of the General Assembly said DRR was crucial for protecting progress made towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and for achieving sustainable development, at the GA Thematic Debate on DRR on 9 February. Throughout the day, he and other participants called for the enhancement of data collection and the scaling-up of investments in education, better urban planning, the sharing of information and technology, and the raising of awareness, especially to ensure that specific disasters and the needs of victims, remained high on the international agenda long after they had dropped from the news headlines.
In an interview with BBC World News, Margareta Wahlstrom, UN Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, stressed the importance of urban planning and creating safe living environments following the flooding and landslides that have hit Australia and Brazil.
While at the Cancun cliamte conference on 8 December, UNISDR Deputy Director Helena Molin Valdes discussed the "Making Cities Resilient" campaign at a UN system-wide side event on "Cities and Climate Change: Enhancing mitigation and adaptation action," attended by approximately 150 national officials, members of UN agencies, and civil society representatives.
The need to communicate and share information is strongest at a time of disaster. As social media and mobile phone use has grown, so too has the use of these technologies to signal the onset or aftermath of a disaster. Twitter, Facebook, blogs, and other social media were also used extensively during Haiti to connect people affected by the earthquake with the outside world with reports about the devastation, as well as to ask for help.
Turning disaster into opportunity: In October 2010, Cyclone Giri wrecked homes, roads and bridges in Myanmar and Thailand, leaving 100,000 people homeless and twice as many needing humanitarian assistance – forming an apt backdrop for the decision by Asian governments a few days later to recognize disaster risk reduction as a tool for climate change adaptation.
One of the most important tests of a successful agreement is its achievability. Through the Chief Executive Board, the highest level coordination mechanism in the UN system, over 50 UN organizations have advanced a common agenda in Cancun to show how adaptation could work.
As the world’s climate officials descend on Cancun today to begin addressing the causes and consequences of climate change, they would do well to recall the words of fellow government officials sitting in the UN General Assembly in New York: “we must do more to build resilience and mitigate the impact of climate-related disasters.”
Municipalities and local Governments of El Salvador are focusing on reducing disaster risk as part of the 2010-2011 World Disaster Reduction campaign - Making Cities Resilient: My City is Getting Ready Campaign.

Publications

Americas activities - 1
Caribbean Safe Schools Initiative
Americas activities - 3
ARISE in the Americas
Americas activities - 2
One million Safe Schools and Hospitals
Making cities resilient
Making Cities Resilient
Americas activities - 5
Latam Network