Resilient Territories

Resilient territories in Latin America and the Caribbean where resilience is considered a key element to overcoming natural disasters or social problems, transforming a threat into an opportunity. The construction of resilient territories and communities leads to cultural changes, including the empowerment of leaders, women and minorities residing in the city, stimulating the relationships between coexistence, security, and conservation of ecosystems.

Resilience drives a regional dynamic that breaks the center-periphery scheme. It offers equal opportunities to urban and rural territories, in a need to articulate both spaces through a systemic approach.

Development takes place in the territories, and it is in these spaces that the risks, disasters and decisions that occur in different spheres and entities of power are concretized, at a regional, national, international and global level.

Ana Silvia Monzón

Ana Silvia Monzón is a sociologist, member of the Scientific Committee of the Social Transformations program of UNESCO, and President of the Central American Association of Sociology. She integrated the panel in the high-level session “Social and human sciences: the irrelevant sciences of the 21st century? Which talked about the role of these sciences to solve the challenges that the new century brings.

In the report, conducted by the Regional Specialist of the Social and Human Sciences sector of UNESCO Montevideo, Andrés Morales, the sociologist highlighted the importance of instances such as the CILAC Forum, and of the social sciences, to have resilient territories in Latin America and the Caribbean.