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OFFICE FOR THE COORDINATION OF HU- MANITARIAN AFFAIRS (OCHA) International Search and Rescue Advisory Group Report on the Meeting of the INSARAG Regional Group of the Americas Fairfax County, USA, 2 to 5 May 2002 UNITED NATIONS
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The designations employed and the presentation of the material in this publication do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Secretariat of the United Nations concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area, or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries i
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Meeting of the INSARAG Regional Group of the Americas Fairfax County, USA 2 to 5 May 2002 Summary Report Annexes: Annex 1: Agenda Annex 2: Statement by Mr. Kenzo Oshima, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Annex 3: List of participants 1. Opening Mr. Edward Stinnette, Fire Chief, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department welcomed the 63 participants from 16 countries and 5 organizations. Mr. Stinnette underlined the importance of the work of INSARAG as a contribution to improving the work of the international response community. Mr. Paul Bell, Senior Regional Advisor for Latin America, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and Chairman of the INSARAG Regional Group of the Americas, highlighted the achievements of the Group since its last meeting in Miami, particularly the establishment of the INSARAG Website in Spanish and the translation of the Guidelines into Spanish. This document had been made available to all participants. Mr. Bell pointed out that the Guidelines should be considered as a dynamic document. He requested inputs in writing from the members of the Regional Group with amendments, which would reflect the realities of terminology used in the Region. Mr. Gerhard Putman-Cramer Deputy Director (Natural Disaster Policy) and Chief, Emergency Services Branch (ESB), Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) expressed his appreciation to the Government of the United States and the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department for hosting and organizing the meeting and for their commitment and continuous support to INSARAG. He stressed the importance of the new challenges faced by the world, following the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks in the USA, which also broadened the scope of the work of INSARAG. Mr. Putman-Cramer thanked Mr. Paul Bell for his excellent work as chairman of the INSARAG Regional Group of the Americas during the last year, which resulted in the dissemination of INSARAG's work and documents in Spanish and included the identification of INSARAG stakeholders in the Americas Region. He summarized the tangible results that had been achieved by INSARAG since the strengthening of the Regional Groups Asia/Pacific and the Americas in recent years and emphasized the challenges ahead for INSARAG. These included the nomination of INSARAG Focal Points in member countries, the
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