March 2013 - The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and CIFAL Merida have partnered with the United Nations International Civil Aviation Organization, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste (ASUR) Mexico, and Airports Council International to develop a pilot training programme on Disaster Management and Airports. A group of experts will gather in the city of Merida, Mexico from 19 to 22 March 2013, to share experiences and good practices on how to implement disaster preparedness and how to deal with the aftermath of hurricanes. ASUR has developed unique expertise on this area, having organised six similar international seminars on the topics of resilience and airports management.

CIFAL Merida is a new partnership between UNITAR and Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste, Mexico, to develop capacities in Mexico and Central America on disaster risk management and tourism as a driver of economic development. The city of Merida was selected to host this new affiliated training centre upon request of the Governor of the State of Yucatan, The Hon. Ronaldo Zapata Bello, because of its strategic location and expertise in disaster risk management, given the region's proclivity to hurricanes and weather-related disasters.

This first pilot training event will seek to assess the sub-region's needs, key challenges and lessons learned on these topics, in order to build greater resilience among government officials at national and local levels. The support of the private sector in hosting the new CIFAL Merida is greatly appreciated by UNITAR, especially given the fact that ASUR is a United Nations Global Compact member since 2008 and its president, Mr. Fernando Chico Pardo is a member of its Board.

For more information please contact: Ms. Sara Castro at or Mr. Oscar Carrillo at

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