South-South cooperation is key to prevent, reduce disasters

At present, one out of every four natural disasters occurring worldwide happens in Latin America and the Caribbean, as warned by attendees at the 1st Regional Conference on South-South Cooperation in Chile.

Specialists from international bodies and government representatives shared their knowledge and experiences during the event.

An important segment was goal-oriented to forms of international cooperation in the comprehensive management of risks and natural disasters and also how to avoid damage to population and infrastructure in nations.

These phenomena do not respect borders and are beyond our control, so preparedness is critical to face them, said Mario Lubetkin, regional representative of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Lubetkin recalled that disturbances linked to climate change have doubled in the last 20 years, while adding that 26% of this damage occurs in low- and middle-income countries such as those in this area. When it comes to drought issues, the figure climbs to 82%.

Lubetkin recalled that in 2022 alone, the number of inhabitants of the region at food risk was just over 17 million.

For such a reason, Latin American and Caribbean countries must act urgently and in a coordinated manner to share experiences and knowledge, with South-South cooperation being the main instrument for mitigating damage.

Source: Lao News Agency

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