MCR2030 Regional Coordination Committee in the Americas and the Caribbean fine-tunes collective engagement strategy on the way to COP27 and RP23

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United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction – Regional Office for the Americas and the Caribbean
Comité de Coordinación Regional

The 18 organizations that make up the Regional Coordination Committee of the Making Cities Resilient 2030 (MCR2030) initiative in the Americas and the Caribbean met on August 11 to support a concerted participation strategy for the upcoming key events of the international agenda for sustainable development and climate and disaster resilience.

Rodrigo Perpetuo, Executive Secretary of ICLEI South America, the Committee's co-chair organization, opened the meeting by highlighting the strength of the ongoing commitment and spirit of cooperation that unites committee members and the importance of reaffirming this unity in Sharm El-Sheikh during the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) in November of this year.

Nahuel Arenas, Deputy Head of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) - Regional Office for the Americas and the Caribbean, invited the Committee members to bring to COP27 the lessons learned from the VII Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction held in Bali, Indonesia, with particular attention to the need to strengthen public financing for risk management through regulatory frameworks and to weigh the cost of disasters against investments in resilience.

“Building Resilience and Disaster Risk Reduction should not be seen as a cost, on the contrary, it is cost-effective, not only for the public budget but also for citizens and the local economy.”
Nahuel Arenas, Deputy Head of UNDRR - Regional Office for the Americas and the Caribbean

This meeting was also an opportunity to evaluate progress achieved from the synergy between the different members in relation to the implementation of the Committee's Regional Action Plan. Adriana Campelo, MCR2030 Coordinator for the Americas and the Caribbean, analyzed that, since their last meeting, the Committee members had been actively working on the consolidation of projects for the development of climate and disaster resilience at the local level.

She highlighted, among others, UNDRR's collaboration with ECLAC in promoting greater incorporation of risk reduction criteria in urban planning through scientific publications and technical assistance to Latin American cities; the joint work of Resilient Cities Network and Mercociudades in the organization of the fifth Resilience School in Canelones, Uruguay, at the end of October; or the partnership between UNDRR and the Development Bank of Latin America - CAF - to advance the integration of climate action and disaster risk reduction agendas through concrete tools.

The meeting concluded with an invitation from UNDRR to all members to participate in the VIII Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas and the Caribbean (PR23) to be held between February 28 and March 2 in the city of Punta del Este, Uruguay. PR23 will be a key event to review regional progress at the mid-term of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015-2030), with a special focus on bridging the gap between decision-making processes and disaster risk reduction science and technologies.

The MCR2030 Regional Coordination Committee in the Americas and the Caribbean is composed of the following organizations: Development Bank of Latin America, CAF; C40 Cities; Cascos Blancos, Argentina; CC35; Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC); National Secretariat of Civil Defense, Brazil; State Coordination of Civil Defense of Sāo Paulo, Brazil; ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability; International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC); Mercociudades; Forum of Ministers and Highest Authorities of Housing and Urbanism of Latin America and the Caribbean (MINURVI); Global Network of Resilient Cities (R-Cities); Secretariat for Integrated Risk Management and Civil Protection (SGIRPC), Mexico City; United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT); United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) Executive Unit for Resilience, Montevideo; National Unit for Disaster Risk Management, Colombia; Youth Climate Leaders (YCL).

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