Jamaica to host CDEMA Council Meeting

Bridgetown, Barbados, June 25, 2012 (CDEMA/ODPEM) – Jamaica, the incoming Chair of the CDEMA Council of Ministers, will host the 3rd Meeting of the Council which convenes on Friday, June 29 at the Courtleigh Hotel, Kingston, Jamaica. The Honorable Noel Arscott, Member of Parliament and Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Jamaica’s representative to the Council, will be the new Chairman.

The Council is the policy making body of CDEMA and meets annually to review the work of the Agency and make major policy decisions.  A key item on the agenda at each meeting is the report from the Management Committee of Council on financial and administrative matters.

This meeting will receive reports and policy recommendations on matters that directly impact Participating States.  Central among these are the CDEMA programming support on disaster risk reduction management to each country and the National Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) Policy and Framework. The policy is a blueprint for accelerating the CDM agenda within each CDEMA Participating State.  The endorsement of the CDM policy and its accompanying country adaptation guide is expected at this meeting.

The Council will also discuss the review of emergency events that affected CDEMA Participating States in 2011 and strategic preparations for the hurricane season.

The opening ceremony of the Council Meeting will be held on the evening of June 28, at 7.00pm.
Government officials from the CDEMA member states with responsibilities for disaster management will attend the meeting

The 2011 Council Meeting was held in Roseau, Dominica.

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