Red Cross leaders gather in Central America Costa Rica to discuss pressing issues of the movement

تم النشر: 18 يونيو 2013 17:01 CET

Between 17-19 June, representatives from Red Cross National Societies in Central America came together to discuss a range of issues surrounding humanitarian work and the role of the Red Cross in disaster management in partnership with government agencies.

The meeting was held in the province of San José, Costa Rica with the participation of delegates from Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Panama, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

During the meeting, representatives from these organization will discuss preparations for November’s General Assembly and Council of Delegates in Australia, rules and principles of humanitarian assistance, and the auxiliary role of National Societies. Other groups will represent the technical areas in relief and Humanitarian Diplomacy.

Miguel Carmona Jiménez, president of the National Council of the Costa Rican Red Cross, stressed the importance of the meeting to monitor the successful experiences in Central America and agree mechanisms for effective working in the field within the existing regulations issued by the IFRC.

"We are proud to host and welcome colleagues and technical specialists," Carmona said. "The support that we give each other will strengthen all National Societies in the management of risk, while integrating the appropriate governance strategies and plans for the coming years. Our common goal is improving the quality of life for vulnerable people."

"This meeting is an opportunity to review how we do things, understand the current situation in the region, and to discuss and define strategies to improve the auxiliary role in comprehensive risk management," said Nelson Aly, Coordinator for Central America of the IFRC.

In parallel, the Consultative Forum Coordination Center for Natural Disaster Prevention in Central America, which is currently chaired by Vanessa Rosales, who also chairs the National Commission Risk Prevention and Emergency Preparedness, will bring bring together the technical specialists from each country to discuss the Central American Policy for Disaster Risk Management. Red Cross leaders have been invited to participate and determine which policies could be adapted in each country through its structures and other institutions.