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JID met with officials of the Andean Committee for Disaster Prevention (CAPRADE)

JID met with officials of the Andean Committee for Disaster Prevention (CAPRADE)

With the objective of contributing to the continuous improvement of international humanitarian assistance processes in cases of disasters, the Inter-American Defense Board (IDB) maintains contact with organizations responsible for this issue to analyze opportunities for inter-institutional collaboration. In this sense, on April 12 of this year, personnel from the Disaster Cooperation Division (DCD) met virtually with Ms. Silvia Helden, official of the General Secretariat of the Andean Community in charge of Disaster Prevention and Ms. Sabrina Sarria Torres, professional from the Secretary of Disaster Risk Management of Peru.

At the beginning of the meeting, the Director General of the IADB Secretariat, Brigadeiro Flávio Luiz de Oliveira Pinto, made a brief presentation on the origin and general lines of action of the IADB. Next, Colonel Orlando Ugaz, Head of the DCD, explained in general terms the Disaster Cooperation Mechanism of the Conference of Ministers of Defense of the Americas (MECODE-CMDA) and the current state of progress in the planning of the MECODEX Exercise. CMDA 2024 to be held in the Republic of Peru, on May 31, June 3 and 4.

In accordance with the powers granted by the Council of Defense Ministers of the Americas (CMDA), the IADB fulfills the functions of Permanent Secretariat of MECODE, having as one of its main objectives in the area the development, maintenance and operation of a system of agile and efficient information exchange, which contributes to international collaboration between countries and organizations for the benefit of the population of countries affected by disasters.

During their interventions during the meeting, the members of the Andean Committee for Disaster Prevention (CAPRADE) reported on the main activities of their organization and their willingness to carry out joint activities, collaborating for the benefit of the countries of the region.

Also participating in the meeting were Colonel Matthew Heim, Director of the Undersecretary of Advisory Services of the IADB, and Captain Eduardo Martinez, Head of the Database, Contacts and Dissemination Section of the DCD.

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