CDEMA, CDC, UNICEF host consultation on development of Protocol for Protection of children during disasters
(Department of Public Information) – The Civil Defence Commission (CDC) in collaboration with the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), the Caribbean Disaster and Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and the Belize National Emergency Management Organisation, (on Wednesday 6 February), opened a national consultation for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Actors in Guyana, which seeks to develop a Protocol for the Integrated Protection of Children and Adolescents in Disaster Situations. This Protocol will support national emergency units to ensure that the needs of children and adolescents are met in emergency response strategies and programmes.
The participants of the consultation are drawn from UNICEF Guyana, the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), Childcare and Protection Agency (CPA), the Civil Defence Commission (CDC), Ministry of Public Health, Ministry of Social Protection and other agencies which have roles to play in disaster response and management.
Director General (Ag) of the CDC, Lieutenant Colonel Kester Craig, in his opening remarks, said it is no secret that Guyana, like many of any other Caribbean states, has increasing vulnerability and exposure to natural and Anthropogenic hazards, compounded by the threats of climate change and emerging threats such as oil spills.
He noted that these hazards do not impact every individual equally, and some groups, due to unique characteristics, are especially vulnerable and suffer greater impacts in disaster situations. Women, persons with disabilities, children and young people are among these vulnerable groups, and are oftentimes susceptible to highest levels of injury, displacement and disruption when a hazard strikes, Lieutenant Colonel Craig said.
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