UNITAR provides the space to discuss "Resilience, Competitiveness and Innovation" at the Americas Competitiveness Forum VIII
UNITAR is delighted to support the Americas Competitiveness Forum (ACF) VIII by organizing a training session on “Resilience, Competitiveness and Innovation”, which will provide a critical space to discuss innovative approaches that enhance resilience to disasters, ensuring competitiveness in the long term. Every year, the ACF brings together over 1,000 leaders from the 34 countries of the Western Hemisphere.
Between 2000 and 2012 disasters affected 2.9 billion and killed 1.2 million people, generating costs of 1.7 trillion USD (source: UNISDR). These figures highlight the importance of taking action to reduce the risks of disasters and to create resilient societies.
Identifying threatening situations, reducing vulnerability and building citizens' capacity to overcome potentially destructive events, and implementing innovative approaches to reduce disaster risks are key elements for enhancing resilience. Furthermore, in order to sustain competitiveness and productivity it is fundamental to increase the hemisphere’s resilience to disasters.
Recognizing this need, UNITAR, in partnership with the Development Bank for Latin America (CAF) and the support from the Ministry of Planning and Sustainable Development of Trinidad & Tobago, will organize the training session “Resilience, Competitiveness and Innovation” on 8 October 2014 in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago. The training session aims to facilitate an exchange of best practices among participants, while promoting stakeholder-collaboration to successfully respond to and recover from disasters.
“Attention to resilience can contribute to preserve and enhance the region’s economic competitiveness and social integrity because it generates sustainable development. All of us have a role to play in building resilient communities.”
UN Assistant Secretary-General, Acting Head, Executive Director, UNITAR
“We recognize that in order to increase our resilience, an innovative approach is fundamental. Consequently, we will lead the regional effort to strengthening the development process in the Americas. The Government and people of Trinidad and Tobago look forward to welcoming you to Port of Spain in October for the VIII Americas Competitiveness Forum, which will take place from October 8–10”.
Senator Dr. the Honourable Bhoendradatt Tewarie, Minister of Planning and Sustainable Development of Trinidad & Tobago
Preliminary Agenda* of the UNITAR training session "Resilience, Competitiveness and Innovation"
8 October 2014, Hyatt Regency, Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago
9:00-9:30 Welcome remarks
- Ms. Sally Fegan-Wyles, UN Assistant Secretary-General; Executive Director, UNITAR
- Senator Dr. the Honourable Bhoendradatt Tewarie, Minister of Planning and Sustainable Development, Trinidad & Tobago
9:30-10:15 Session 1: Enhancing resilience to disasters – The Geopolis Initiative
- Mr. Werner Corrales, Development Bank for Latin America (CAF)
- Ms. Tanya Miquelena, Development Bank for Latin America (CAF)
10:15-11:45 Session 2: Innovative approaches to disaster risk reduction
- Ms. Thelma Ramsook, Director, AT&T Network Disaster Recovery (Private sector perspective)
- Dr. Gilberto Toro, Executive Director, Colombian Federation of Municipalities (Local government perspective)
- Mr. Alex Mejia, Manager, Decentralized Cooperation Programme, UNITAR (Multilateral perspective)
11:45-12:15 Session 3: The Post-2015 Development Framework and Disaster Risk Reduction
- Mr. Craig Lesser, Board President, CIFAL Atlanta
- Ms. Estrella Merlos, CIFAL Global Network, UNITAR
12:15-12:30 Closing remarks
Amb. Alfonso Quinonez, Executive Secretary for External Relations, OAS ; Trustee, UNITAR (tbc)
* Subject to change
For more information and to register for the Forum, please visit http://competitivenessforum.org
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