CARICOM, Cuba Heads To Meet In Antigua

CARICOM SG Ambassador Irwin LaRocque addressing the Opening Session of the last CARICOM-Cuba Summit in Havana.
FLASHBACK: CARICOM SG Ambassador Irwin LaRocque addressing the Opening Session of the last CARICOM-Cuba Summit in Havana.

Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Republic of Cuba will hold the Sixth CARICOM-Cuba Summit in Antigua and Barbuda on Friday, 8 December, 2017.

The Meeting will be co-chaired by the Chairman of CARICOM, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell of Grenada, and the President of Cuba, Raúl Castro.

This Meeting marks 45 years of diplomatic relations between CARICOM and Cuba, and will examine issues of regional and global importance including climate change adaptation and disaster risk management. A Memorandum of Understanding will be signed between the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and Cuba’s Agency for Civil Defence which will provide opportunities for closer collaboration, especially following the devastating impact of the September 2017 hurricanes across the region, and the increased focus on climate change resilience. (more…)

Region must adapt to the reality of climate change – CARICOM SG

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The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is mobilising resources to support reconstruction of hurricane-ravaged Member States to build back smarter and better, against the existential threat of climate change.

Secretary-General of CARICOM, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, said that intention was in “full knowledge that we are into a new era,” when hurricanes had now become “game changers.”

He was at the time speaking at the opening of Technical Consultations at the CARICOM-UN High Level Pledging Conference, earlier this morning (20 November) at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

The CARICOM-UN High Level Pledging Conference is to mobilise national governments, regional organisations, international development partners, private sector, and civil society to support the construction of what can become the world’s first hurricane-resilient countries.

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Wet week in the Eastern Caribbean causes property, infrastructure damage


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CEDEMA – the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency, through its National Disaster Coordinators on the ground, provided this summary of conditions in affected Member States during this week’s tropical disturbance which brought heavy showers and thunderstorms.  Barbados, Dominica and St. Lucia experienced flooding, while St. Vincent and the Grenadines experienced flooding and landslides:


Saint Vincent and the Grenadines:

The latest Situation Report issued by the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) ( Wednesday November 30, 2016) provided the following updates:

 177 persons were in shelters

 15 houses reported destroyed, 20 houses damaged and 6 flooded

 15 reported cases of landslides

 8 reported damaged bridges

 8 reported damaged roads (The Roads Bridges and General Services Authority are conducting assessment and clean-up operations)

 Reported extensive damage to water systems and downed power poles/lines due to landslides (more…)

Communities have important role in emergency events – CDEMA Head

Executive Director, CDEMA, Mr. Ronald Jackson

In the Caribbean, we have recognised that communities have significant local knowledge of the environment and climate, including changes which may have been experienced over a period of time and even why those changes have occurred.  Communities also have knowledge about how they have been adapting to those changes.  Even further, they have an important role to play in responding to emergency events.  In view of this, CDEMA, has been seeking to broaden community self sufficiency in preparing and responding to emergency events, through the promotion of Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM).  CBDRM offers communities a more comprehensive approach to achieving resilience and provides an opportunity for communities to engage and to contribute to sustainable community development through an understanding of the hazard, vulnerability and risk interface.

Executive Director, CDEMA, Mr. Ronald Jackson with message to mark the 2015 International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR)

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The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA)
The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) is a regional inter-governmental agency for disaster management in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).


Post hurricane Joaquin assessment continues – CDEMA


  •  CDEMA finalizes arrangements for three Rapid Damage and Needs Assessment Teams for the Bahamas.
  • Relief supplies dispatched to the Southern Bahamas via the RFA Lyme Bay
  • 1 person reported missing in Bahamas
  • Joaquin claims 1 life in Haiti
  • Joaquin predicted to pass to the west of Bermuda
  • Joaquin expected to produce additional rainfall over the Bahamas and Bermuda
  • Damage assessment process continues for the Turks and Caicos Islands