Caribbean News Now!

About Us Contact Us

Countries/Territories

Jump to your country or territory of interest

Advertise with us

Reach our daily visitors from around the Caribbean and throughout the world. Click here for rates and placements.

Contribute

Submit news and opinion for publication

Subscribe

Click here to receive our daily regional news headlines by email.

Archives

Click here to browse our extensive archives going back to 2004

Also, for the convenience of our readers and the online community generally, we have reproduced the complete Caribbean Net News archives from 2004 to 2010 here.

Climate Change Watch

The Caribbean is especially vulnerable to rising sea levels brought about by global warming. Read the latest news and information here...

Follow Caribbean News Now on Twitter
Connect with Caribbean News Now on Linkedin
Instagram



News from the Caribbean:




Back To Today's News

Eight countries receive disaster training in Trinidad
Published on January 28, 2017 Email To Friend    Print Version

eclac_staff.jpg
ECLAC staff from Port of Spain and Santiago facilitated the disaster assessment training this week

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) this week convened a four-day training course in Port of Spain, Trinidad, to improve the ability of policymakers from eight Caribbean countries to prepare for disasters and to assess their effects and impacts.

Director of ECLAC Caribbean, Diane Quarless, noted in her opening remarks that the week’s activities “places appropriate emphasis on disaster risk management, in which the imperatives of risk reduction, risk identification, preparedness and financial protection are critical pillars of sustainable development and resilience.”

These perspectives were shared by the secretary general of the ACS, Dr June Soomer, who stated that “the benefits of more integrative, proactive frameworks will better aid in disaster risk reduction and will ensure that all citizens understand vulnerabilities and their role in managing such risks.”

The training, which took place from January 24-27 under the theme “Planning for Disaster Risk Management and Disaster Assessment Methodology in the context of the 2030 Development Agenda and the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals”, was attended by policymakers representing disaster management agencies, and ministries of planning, finance, development, public works and housing in Aruba, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago, in addition to representatives from ECLAC, the ACS and Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA). CCRIF SPC (formerly the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility) also participated and presented information to participants on its available products and services and how to access the facility.

During the various sessions, participants will learn about the complexities of a disaster, how it might affect different sectors, and how to properly apply ECLAC’s disaster assessment methodology, as well as the necessary information needed to implement it.

Quarless also stated that continued effort is needed in dealing with disasters. “Over the past 20 years, the international community has allocated almost US$70 billion in support of emergency response, while only US$13.5 billion has been designated for disaster risk reduction. These figures suggest that we still have work to do in raising awareness of the fact that prevention is better than cure.”

Special focus is being placed through the training on the link between disaster risk management, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the promotion of Principle 10 in the region. The 2030 Agenda outlines a set of 17 global goals aimed at ending poverty, promoting decent work and economic growth, protecting the planet and ensuring prosperity for all as part of a framework to advance sustainable development.

The agenda also recognizes the strong linkages between poverty, risk and resilience, and acknowledges how disasters can reverse accomplishments made in social, economic and environmental development. The Partnership for Principle 10 seeks to improve national public participation systems to ensure access to information, public participation, and justice in decision-making that affects the environment.

This training forms part of ECLAC’s ongoing effort to strengthen the capacity of policy makers across Latin America and the Caribbean to respond to disasters. In this context, since 2015 ECLAC has strengthened partnerships with disaster-related institutions in the region such as the ACS, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and CCRIF SPC.
 
Reads: 8943





Click here to receive daily news headlines from Caribbean News Now!




Back...

Comments:

No comments on this topic yet. Be the first one to submit a comment.

Back...

Send us your comments!  

Send us your comments on this article. All fields are required.

For your contribution to reach us, you must (a) provide a valid e-mail address and (b) click on the validation link that will be sent to the e-mail address you provide.  If the address is not valid or you don't click on the validation link, we will never see it!

Your Name:

Your Email:

(Validation required)

Comments:
Enter Code



Please note that, if you are using an AT&T domain email address, e.g. att.net, bellsouth.net, sbcglobal.net, the verification email will likely not be delivered. This is outside of our control and the only remedy seems to be for readers to complain to AT&T





Disclaimer
User comments posted on this website are the sole views and opinions of the comment author and are not representative of Caribbean News Now or its staff. Caribbean News Now accepts no liability and will not be held accountable for user comments.
Caribbean News Now reserves the right to remove, edit or censor any comments. Any content that is considered unsuitable, unlawful or offensive, includes personal details, advertises or promotes products, services or websites or repeats previous comments will not be approved.
Before posting, please refer to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.




Other Headlines:



Regional Sports: