Mexico City, 21 November 2018. – Companies and businesses in Mexico have
created a national Network of the Private Sector Alliance for Disaster
Resilient Societies (ARISE) and agreed to work together to build a more
resilient Mexico against disasters.
Mexico ranks among the countries most exposed to disasters in Latin
America and the fifth in terms of economic losses. The World Bank
estimates that 30 per cent of the country’s GDP is considered to be at
risk from three or more hazards and 71 per cent is at risk from two or
more hazards. In September 2017, two powerful earthquakes cost nearly
USD6 billion in combined economic losses, including major damage across
Mexico City and were among the Mexico's costliest disasters.
Created in 2015 in Geneva with more than 140 companies and businesses
all over the world, ARISE seeks to reduce disaster risks through better
and informed decision-making and a greater collaboration with the public
“Businesses are the first to be affected when disasters hit and the best
partners to reduce risks if they are well informed and prepared. We welcome
the creation of the Mexican Network of ARISE that will undoubtedly
contribute to the development of more resilient and prosperous communities
and the sustainable growth of this great country”, said Raúl Salazar, Head
of the UNISDR Americas Office.
The signature of the Mexican agreement took place during the "VII meeting
of public-private partnerships for disaster risk reduction in Latin America
and the Caribbean: Building Resilient Infrastructures” held in Mexico City
and was signed by Luis Felipe Puente, National Coordinator of Civil Protection
of SEGOB; Mr. Salazar, for UNISDR and the Board of Directors of ARISE Mexico.
ARISE Mexico already includes a great number of Mexican companies and
organizations such as; World Vision, LISE / C-MAX, CMIC / Fuerza México
Trust, Communication Council, AXA, UNAM, UPS, INEGI, CANACEM, Jacobs,
AECOM, and CEMEX, which will all work together to build a more resilient
Mexico."Companies have a direct influence on how a country can prevent
and reduce disaster risks and can offer tangible solutions to increase
community’s resilience," said Martha Herrera, Director of Social Corporate
Responsibility at CEMEX, who will be acting as President of the ARISE
network in Mexico until 2021.A recent UN report estimates that by 2030,
economic losses caused by disasters could reach US$ 415 billion per year.
Mexico is the fifth national ARISE network after Canada, Japan, the
Philippines and the USA.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for the Americas (UNISDR AM), https://www.unisdr.org/archive/62109
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