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Friday, June 12, 2015

June 12, 2015

Advancing towards Sustainable Development in the Americas (Virtual Forum with Civil Society and Social Actors)

The General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) through its Department of Sustainable Development and the Summit of the Americas Secretariat, in cooperation with the Government of Honduras have the pleasure of inviting you to participate in the Virtual Consultation Forum with Civil Society and Social Actors. The Forum is being organized as part of the revision and update of the Inter-American Program on Sustainable Development (PIDS) and the preparatory process of the Third Inter-American Meeting of Ministers and High-Level Authorities on Sustainable Development to take place from October 22 to 23, 2015 in Honduras, for the adoption of the PIDS. The PIDS establishes the OAS’ priorities and policy guidelines on sustainable development and environment.

The objectives of this Virtual Forum are:
  1. To obtain input from civil society and social actors for the revision and update of the PIDS.
  2. Build consensus among representatives of civil society and social actors and obtain their recommendations on the priorities that should be included in the PIDS and analyzed during the Ministerial Meeting.
  3. Benefit from best practices efforts of civil society and social actors on the themes to be analyzed during the Ministerial Meeting... (Read More(Leer más

Schools with a Sustanaible Future 2016

The Continental Rally “Schools with a Sustainable Future” is the first international competition in Latin America and the Caribbean that promotes inclusive and participatory education for sustainable development and disaster risk management. Children and adolescents seek to demonstrate the leadership of their schools as agents of development of their local communities, strengthening and making them viable for current and future generations... (Read More(Leer más

What happened this week?

Brazil. National Secretariat for Civil Protection and Defense of the Ministry of National Integration declared emergencies due to flooding in seven counties of the amazon: Alvarães, Boa Vista dos Ramos, Iranduba, Japurá, Manaus, Parintins, and Urucará and in the municipality of Benjamin Constant... Read More

Paraguay.  In Asuncion, Paraguay, the Paraguay river flood leaves more than 5000 families homeless and about 25, 010 asuncenos affected.  Authorities in Asuncion are keeping watch on the  rising riverbed... Read More

United States. Louisiana. The recent rains in Texas and Oklahoma have made their way down to the Red River in Louisiana.  The river has reached its highest levels in 70 years, flooding an estimated 50 homes and cutting off power to an estimated 300 buildings.  At least 2,000 farm animals have been relocated to higher ground... Read More

Honduras. Rains in Comayagua, Siguatepeque have caused a series of floods as well as the collapse of the drainage system in some areas of the city... Read More

Nicaragua. Tropical wave. One person is missing in Masaya and ten municipalities have reported damage to their infrastructure due to rains generated from Tuesday afternoon. Some educational activities were suspended... Read More

Interesting Facts

May was wettest on record, despite drought in West. The month of May was the wettest on record across the United States, but that brought little relief to the drought-stricken West Coast.Read More

What's new in Disaster Risk Reduction?

Turkish aid organizations prepare for UN summit. Turkey’s prominent humanitarian aid organizations have gathered Thursday in Istanbul to discuss their agenda and preparations for the first ever World Humanitarian Summit in 2016... Read More 

White House unveils $34m climate plan to disaster-proof developing countries. The initiative, one of a stream of new climate measures, will give the countries access to critical data and help to build plans for coping with weather extremes... Read More

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