Latin America

Highlights 2012

  • The fifth Regional Meeting on International Humanitarian Assistance Mechanisms (MIAH) was held in Panama and co-chaired by the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs. It gathered 160 humanitarian actors from 29 countries including high-level authorities and resulted in the adoption the Panama Plan of Action to reinforce coordination mechanism in the region. 
  • OCHA expanded its preparedness partnerships supporting simulation exercises throughout the region including Mexico´s first regional INSARAG earthquake response simulation. 
  • ROLAC strengthened its partnerships with humanitarian actors engaging key partners through the MIAH, the USG’s high level visit  to Brazil, and work focused on Intergovernmental Organizations. 
  • Regional humanitarian coordination was strengthened with the creation of  working groups for education and the shelter and the strengthening of existing clusters within the Regional Risk and Emergency Disaster Task Force (REDLAC).
  • Support to the Caribbean was enhanced with the placement of a Humanitarian Advisor in Jamaica to support the UN system and the National Disaster Management Office and to strengthen the relationship with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CEDEMA). 
    Redhum Information Assistants continued working to strengthen relationships among the national humanitarian community by promoting and supporting information management initiatives and through a redesign of the website ( 

Haiti: Flooding in the capital, Port-au-Prince, following Hurricane sandy. © MINUSTAH/Logan Abassi