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Jan 12, 2015 - Road to Sendai 2015: Promoting resilience in Chile and Peru

Peace Boat and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) will carry out events in the ports of Valparaiso, Chile (January 22) and Callao, Peru (January 27), as part of their joint partnership to promote the Global Campaign "Making Cities Resilient," and as part of the preparatory process towards the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction to be held in Sendai, Japan in March of 2015. The Valparaiso and Callao events aim to analyze the advances and challenges of the Latin American region in the building of resilience and the reduction of disaster risks in advance of this important global conference.

The UN conference in Sendai will take place 10 years after the Hyogo Framework for Action was established, and will highlight regional, national and international risk reduction strategies, with the goal of adopting a new, post 2015 international framework for disaster risk reduction that reflects lessons learned and new challenges faced. In anticipation of this conference, the "Road to Sendai 2015: Developing Resilient Cities" programme, and the events held in ports will provide the opportunity to share experiences between Japan and Latin America, including an analysis of the accomplishments and challenges faced by governments, communities and the private sector in the construction of resilient cities.

The events in Valparaiso and Callao will include the participation of city and regional government officials, national entities, and representatives of both the private sector and civil society. Ricardo Mena, Head of the UNISDR's Regional Office for the Americas, will also be present to share regional initiatives and experiences with participants. He will be joined by seven leaders and promoters of the "Making Cities Resilient: My city's getting ready!" campaign from Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, Honduras, Nicaragua and Uruguay.

This group of campaign promoters will also participate in a series of discussions and workshops onboard Peace Boat's ship as it sails between Chile and Peru, from January 22-26 as part of Peace Boat's 86th Global Voyage for Peace. Onboard, they will share their experiences and strengthen their capacity to promote the campaign and their commitment to build resilience in their respective countries.

During the event in Callao, Peru on January 27, the participants will also receive the "Quipu of Latin America and the Caribbean for Resilience," a special knotted cord that contains thousands of messages from young people in Latin America. The Quipu will be transported to Japan on Peace Boat's ship, where it be presented at the world conference in Sendai.

Since 2014, Peace Boat and the UNISDR have been carrying out disaster risk reduction education programs and promoting the "Making Cities Resilient: My city's getting ready!" campaign, and have carried out joint actions in Central America and South Africa.

Peace Boat is a non-government and non-profit organization that promotes peace, disarmament, sustainable and equal development, and respect for the environment. Many of its educational activities are carried out on a large passenger ship during the three global voyages it organizes annually.

As part of its wide range of activities to build peace and international cooperation, Peace Boat has carried out emergency disaster relief activities for the past 20 years, coordinating the delivery of humanitarian aid, gathering funds, and dispatching experienced specialists, interpreters and teams of volunteers to affected regions in Japan and other countries around the world. After the Great East Earthquake in Japan in March of 2011, Peace Boat trained and coordinated thousands of volunteers to help rebuild the affected region, and continues to serve communities in need.

Program Details:

January 22 (Thurs): Valparaiso, Chile
Onboard Conference (Invitation required)
Road to Sendai: Sharing achievements and examining challenges in Chile
Time: 13:30 - 17:00
Place: Valparaiso Port
Supporters: National Office of Emergency of the Interior Ministry (ONEMI), Precorp, IST, Intendencia de Valparaíso, Chilean Association of Municipalities, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile

January 23-26:
Onboard program with campaign promoters of Latin America

January 27 (Tue): Callao, Perú
Onboard Conference (Invitation required)
Road to Sendai: Sharing achievements and examining challenges in Peru
Presentation of the Quipu of Latin America and the Caribbean
Time: 13:30 - 17:00
Supporters: National Defense Institute of Peru (INDECI), The Coalition for Resilience of Children and Youth in Latin America and the Caribbean (CORELAC), CENEPRED, UNICEF, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Peru

Additional Information:

Peace Boat and UNISDR Making Cities Resilient Campaign:

Peace Boat Contact:
Juan Carlos Uribe

UNISDR Americas Contact:
Margarita Villalobos

Chile Contact (in Spanish):
Susana Fuentez
Campaign Promoter, Chile

Peru Contact (in Spanish):
Luz Maria Sanchez Hurtado
Campaign Promoter, Peru