Friday 29 May, 2020

CDEMA: Member states urged to build resilience against disasters

Executive Director of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency, Ronald Jackson, says member states must work together to build resilience against man-made and natural disasters in the region. 

Mr Jackson stated this at the launch of the 11th European Development Fund Natural Disaster Facility in the CARIFORUM Programme, held in Sint Maarten last evening. 

The CDEMA Executive Director said often overlooked are the deliverables within the 11th European Development Fund, which seek to contribute toward efforts in advancing sustainable development goals and addressing climate change in the Caribbean.  

Mr Jackson said: “The more I advance in my years of service in CDEMA, I recognize the regional architects in 2001 in framing the Comprehensive Disaster Management Agenda and targeting it as a vehicle for delivering on sustainable development goals and viewing climate change as a cross-cutting issue, got it right.” 

He noted that the region focused its attention on developing sustainable development goals and recognizing the exposures risks and challenges it faced then and is about to face in the future, as it relates to climate change.  

The CDEMA Executive Director said he looks forward to the next three to four years of programme implementation and working closely together with member states in order to achieve success in building resilience.  

CDEMA comprises of 18 participating member states including Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Commonwealth of the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands and the Virgin Islands. 

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