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MECODEX 2023 Humanitarian Assistance Exercise takes place in Ecuador

This Friday (12th) the MECODEX 2023 humanitarian assistance exercise ends, developed in collaboration between the Inter-American Defense Board (IADB) and the Armed Forces of Ecuador.

Conceived with the support of the Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas (CMDA), the exercise simulates the occurrence of a catastrophic event, with serious repercussions for the population and negative consequences beyond the response capacity of the affected country, involving the need for humanitarian assistance International support.

In MECODEX 2023, such assistance is simulated through MECODE, a voluntary instrument for disaster response and civil and military cooperation between nations and international organizations, currently under development in the IADB, which has as its basic premise respect for the sovereignty of each nation. The main purpose is to contribute to objective and effective collaboration in humanitarian assistance actions carried out within the framework of the member countries of the Organization of American States (OAS).

During this last week, the actions carried out during the exercise were honored by the Minister of National Defense of Ecuador, Brigadier General Luis Lara Jaramillo; the Secretary of Public and State Security of Ecuador, General Wagner Bravo; the President of the Council of Delegates of the IADB, Vice Admiral Alexandre Rabello de Faria; and the Director General of the IADB Secretariat, Brigadier General Porfirio Fuentes Vélez, who briefly highlighted the commitment of the Inter-American Defense Board to provide high-quality advice to the member countries of the OAS, on the most diverse issues of interest.

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