CRGR | HONDURAS | MAY 30, 2018.- The Regional Agreement for Risk Management (CRGR) within the framework of the celebration of the XXVII Ordinary Regional Assembly officially appoints and in accordance with its statutes the new Executive Secretary of this Central American risk management network.
Institutional representatives delegated and delegated by the National Tables for Risk Management of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua, who make up the highest decision-making body of the Regional Concertation for Risk Management, appoint the new Executive Secretary of the CRGR, Ms. María Magdalena Cortez Cabezas, who was presented in the position by the Permanent Table for Risk Management (MPGR) El Salvador, after an internal selection process.
According to the statutes of the CRGR, every two years, the Executive Secretariat is coordinated by a Risk Management Board of the 4 countries and this time it is up to the Permanent Bureau for Risk Management (MPGR) El Salvador to assume the responsibility of driving politically and administratively the Executive Secretariat of this network, for the next two years.
Until May 30, the National Table of Incidence for Risk Management of Honduras coordinated the Executive Secretariat on behalf of Mr. Wilson Alexi Galo Núñez, who was in charge during the 2016-2018 period.
This appointment reaffirms the spirit of the CRGR to progressively consolidate the capacity of its members in risk management for the sustainable development of communities and vulnerable populations in the countries of the region, based on the recognition of plurality, tolerance, transparency and respect for the dynamics of each country, through the exchange of experiences, learning, dialogue and advocacy.
Magdalena Cortez, who has a degree in marketing, higher education in political science and a vast experience in organizational leadership, was the representative for many years before the Regional Coordination Team of the CRGR and delegate owner for El Salvador before the Regional Agreement for Risk Management, an instance that today leads as Executive Secretary for the period 2018-2020.
After the corresponding oath, the new Executive Secretary of the CRGR offered thanks for being part of such a diverse and rich learning network. Likewise, she is grateful for the trust placed in her by the ECO and the National Tables, and she invites us to join efforts to take on the challenges of the region. She said that the CRGR is in a stage of consolidation of efforts and the level of maturity reached allows to have clarity of the objectives set.
«The CRGR has a Strategic Plan, new policies of humanitarian action and gender, and part of our growth has to go in the logic of implementing what is reflected in the documents and what is said in our positions,» said Magdalena Cortez.
She also reiterated the gratitude for the trust placed in her and her willingness to approach and interact with each of the countries, since it is necessary to deepen and face the challenges together to be able to operate from this space and continue to grow as a region, both in number and in qualities that is what has highlighted the CRGR assured.
On this occasion, the new Executive Secretary took the opportunity to thank the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the strategic partners for their contribution to the work that the CRGR is doing in the region.
«The work in the region has allowed us to position ourselves as one of the most solid networks in the world. We should feel proud to belong to this Network and that with our work we contribute to reducing vulnerabilities in the communities and through leadership in global platforms, the CRGR will achieve greater recognition, so that we finally achieve what we have proposed years ago and be a network that goes from the local to the global «declared Cortez.
At the same time, she expressed her gratitude for the opportunity to coordinate this space, one of the most important in Central America and a reference in risk management. At the same time, she confirmed that it was ready to represent more than 122 organizations that make up the CRGR at the regional level.
She also reiterated that efforts will continue to be made to work on risk management, increase the capacities of civil society organizations and strengthen community resilience in the face of socio-natural and anthropogenic disasters.