Jul 2015


Guatemala: Peace Boat hosts the 1st Assembly of The Community Practitioners’ Platform for Resilience

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On 30th June, Peace Boat hosted the “1st Assembly of The Community Practitioners’ Platform for Resilience” in Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala.

In partnership with Fundación Guatemala and Huairou Commision, Peace Boat welcomed over 30 representatives from Guatemala and El Salvador, all working in Disaster Risk Reduction and resilience building, onto Peace Boat’s passenger ship, the Ocean Dream.

These communities are plagued by similar disasters, but rarely do the community members themselves have the time and opportunity to gather and interact in this way.

The one-day event brought together leading figures from across the region, who were able to share experiences, lessons learnt and best practices with one another.

Representatives from  the Municipality of Santa Tecla, El Salvador and the Municipal Fire Department were also in attendance.

The participants were also able to meet several hibakusha (atomic bomb survivors from Hiroshima and Nagasaki) who are onboard the ship as part of the “8th Global Voyage for a Nuclear-Free World: Peace Boat Hibakusha Project“. This was an especially powerful exchange as this year marks the 70th Anniversary of the bombings.

After a productive day of workshops, networking and presentations, the participants expressed strong determination to continue working together and synchronize their individual efforts to strengthen their collective impact.

Together with our partners, we hope to build on this momentum and continue to strengthen regional cooperation on Disaster Risk Reduction in Central America.

Thank you to Fundación Guatemala, Huairou Commision and all of the participants for their valuable partnership in making this a success.

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