New protocol for mutual humanitarian assistance in Central America

The Coordination Center for the Prevention of Natural Disasters in Central America (Centro de Coordinación para la Prevención de los Desastres en América Central – CEPREDENAC), comprised of the Directorates of the National Disaster Offices in Central America, adopted in April the Central American Protocol for the Shipment, Transit and Reception of Humanitarian AssistanceIts aim is to increase operational coordination in disaster situations, to provide more effective humanitarian and technical assistance in the Central American region, as well as standardize procedures for the modalities of assisted state, assisting state and transit state. Central America is among the most active regions in strengthening its regional mechanisms for mutual assistance. In addition to this Protocol, SICA members are expected soon to also adopt a Regulation for the Shipment of Humanitarian Goods.