Americas Region Adopts Its First Disaster Risk Reduction Plan

Published: 14 March 2017 5:47 CET

The Americas region has reaffirmed its commitment to building resilience by adopting the first Regional Action Plan aimed at reducing disaster risk and impacts in the Americas.


The Regional Action Plan (RAP) was adopted after 3 days of deliberations by the regional governments, which took place at the Fifth Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas (RP17) in Montreal, Canada.


The Action Plan encourages the region to respond to the four priorities set out by the Sendai Framework. It makes a strong point of enhancing education and research in disaster risk reduction and promoting a multi stakeholder approach with a focus on exchanging best practices. It also calls for enhanced coordination among Member states and partners, including new options for multi-source financing and sharing knowledge as a means of cooperation.


“What has been agreed here in Montreal is the first action plan for the region, by the region, to reduce disaster risk. And disaster risk is not a hypothetical subject. It’s a matter of life, of death and of prosperity,” – said Mr. Robert Glasser, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction.


As part of the process, Governments and participating organizations and civil society delivered their Declarations over the course of the event. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) read its declaration on March 7, setting out the IFRC position on the challenges and opportunities faced by region in relation to implementing the Sendai Framework.


For the IFRC, some of the central themes that need to be addressed by the region are ensuring that individuals and communities are able to participate in the decision-making process and are seen as agents of change in building their own resilience. At the same time, the IFRC strongly encourages the strengthening of local, national and regional coalitions for a more coordinated approach to disaster risk reduction.


“We feel strongly that this is a huge step forward for the Americas, towards being better prepared, better coordinated and ultimately more resilient. As the Red Cross, we will continue to work closely with communities and work harder to ensure that their voices are heard, especially those who are the most vulnerable to disasters in our region.” – said Jan Gelfand, IFRC Deputy Regional Director for the Americas.


The agreements and declarations from RP17 and the commitments set out in the Regional Action Plan are expected to feed into the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction that will be held on Cancun, Mexico on 22 – 26 of May, 2017.


Learn more about IFRC participation in RP17:

IFRC Declaration in the Fifth Regional DRR Platform

Volunteers as a mobilizing force in disaster risk reduction processes

High-Risk Populations Are Agents of Change for Disaster Risk Reduction

Ignite Stage: IFRC is putting communities at the center of our work


Related Links:

Regional Action Plan

2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

5th Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas website


For more information contact:

- Krystell Santamaria, Risk Reduction Programme Coordinator, IFRC.

- Diana Medina, Communications Manager, IFRC.