In its annual meeting of 2019, the Regional Group defined the following priorities for 2020:
- – Contribute to the definition of INSARAG global strategies and priorities
- – Strengthen the IRNAP process
- – Strengthen USAR coordination capacities in the region
- – Strengthen partnerships with “sister” response networks and other partners to increase the efficiency of emergency preparedness and response
These priorities were presented by the Regional Chair to the INSARAG Steering Group in February 2020 and received full endorsement. Since then, all regions across the world have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, which has a dramatic impact in all aspects of life, at social and economic level, and has further aggravated the situation of vulnerable populations and those in need of humanitarian assistance.
The INSARAG network is adapting to the new reality. In the regional context of the Americas and the Caribbean, the Regional chairmanship group under the leadership of Colombia as Regional Chair is coordinating the required adaptations. On the one hand, all teams are encouraged inasmuch as possible to prepare for a potential response in a Covid-19 environment; and on the other hand, alternative ways are being sought to implement activities of the regional work plan.