Suriname to host 4th Meeting of the CDEMA Council of Ministers

Bridgetown, Barbados, June 25, 2013 (CDEMA) - The regional Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) Strategy 2013-2023 will be among the main topics on the agenda when the 4th Meeting of the CDEMA Council of Ministers convenes on Friday, June 28, in Suriname.

The Strategy seeks to build on and advance the achievements realized since the CDM approach was introduced to the region in 2001. The CDM strategy is a roadmap towards Caribbean resilience to all forms of hazard impact thereby supporting the enablement of sustainable development. This 2013-2023 Strategy will also make an important contribution to the post-2015 global framework for disaster risk reduction. The Council will also deliberate on key policies and supporting procedures necessary for adoption and implementation of this Strategy at the national and sector levels.

The Meeting will also discuss the second phase of the organizational restructuring of CDEMA. The first phase commenced in 2009, soon after the agency transitioned from CDERA to CDEMA, and included changes to CDEMA’s governance structure as well as the expansion of operations at the Coordinating Unit. The second phase is expected to address, among other issues, the staffing of the Coordinating Unit to meet the anticipated implementation requirements of the CDM Strategy beyond 2013.

Another key area that will engage the attention of the Council is the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) and how this could be used to greater advantage by governments for climate related and other extreme events impacts.

The CDEMA Council of Ministers meets annually in one of the Agency’s 18 Participating States to discuss and make decisions on policy and matters that are brought before the body by the Management Committee of Council. This approach ensures that the mandate of the Agency is being met.

This is the first year that the Government of Suriname will host the CDEMA Council of Ministers Meeting since Suriname became a member in 2009.

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