The XV Meeting of the INSARAG Americas Regional Group took place jointly with the III Consultation meeting on the emergency response cooperation mechanism of the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team from 16 to 18 November 2016 in Bogotá, Colombia.

The meeting was hosted by the National Disaster Risk Management Unit (UNGRD) of Colombia and co-organised by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) in its capacity as INSARAG Secretariat and UNDAC system manager.

The meeting gathered a total of 56 participants from 14 countries of the region, 1 regional organisation (CEPREDENAC), 2 countries from other regions, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the Pan-American Health Organisation (PAHO) as well as the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in its capacity as INSARAG Secretariat. The countries and organisations were all represented by their INSARAG focal points or in delegation of the focal points, as well as with some UNDAC members and UNDAC focal points. 

The chairman summary, with its annexes, including the list of participants, as well as the presentations done during the meeting can be found below. 

  1. Ecuador earthquake 2016, experience and lessons learnt, Government of Ecuador
  2. Ecuador earthquake 2016, experience and lessons learnt, USAR coordination by UNDAC team
  3. Ecuador earthquake 2016, experience and lessons learnt, Secretariat experience
  4. Ecuador earthquake 2016, experience and lessons learnt, USAR response Colombia
  5. Ecuador earthquake 2016, experience and lessons learnt, USAR response Peru
  6. Ecuador earthquake 2016, experience and lessons learnt, USAR response Mexico
  7. Report on implementation of INSARAG regional work plan 2016, Regional Chair, Colombia
  8. Regional SIMEX Colombia 2016, results and achievements, Government of Colombia see also the video
  9. Regional SIMEX Colombia 2016, results of participant evaluation, Secretariat
  10. Regional SIMEX Colombia 2016, experience of EMT participation, PAHO
  11. Role of INSARAG focal points, Secretariat
  12. Proposal on international light teams 1, Chair of the LTWG
  13. Proposal on international light teams 2, Chair of the LTWG
  14. Proposal on the INSARAG external support and recognition process for national USAR team accreditation processes, Regional Chair, Colombia
  15. INSARAG general and working group updates, Secretariat and Chair of Training Working Groups
  16. Progress report on the Regional assessment of national USAR team capacities, Regional Chair, Colombia
  17. Proposal for INSARAG strategy 2017-2020 and regional work plan 2017, I Vice Chair, Ecuador
  18. Announcement of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction 2017 in Mexico, Government of Mexico
  19. Announcement of the Humanitarian Network and Partnerships Week (HNPW), OCHA/ INSARAG Secretariat

 

Foto oficial de grupo

 

 Also see here the welcome video to the meeting from the INSARAG Americas Regional Chair, Dr. Carlos Iván Márquez Pérez, National Director of the UNGRD in Colombia.