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CARICOM Media Release
Thursday, October 26, 2017 — CARICOM and Mexico, which both recently suffered devastating natural disasters, have agreed to strengthen cooperation in disaster risk management.
The agreement forms part of a Joint Declaration issued at the end of the Fourth CARICOM-Mexico Summit held in Belize on Wednesday 25 October 2017 under the joint chairmanship of CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell of Grenada and the President of Mexico, Enrique Pena Nieto.
During the week of September 5-September 9, category 5 Hurricane Irma caused destruction on multiple Caribbean islands. St. Martin/St. Maarten, Antigua and Barbuda, and Turks and Caicos experienced heavy wind and rain damage. After Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria moved through the Caribbean causing damage to islands such as Dominica and Puerto Rico. St. Martin/St. Maarten, and Antigua and Barbuda experienced less damage from Hurricane Maria due to the storm’s southward position.
HOW SAMARITAN’S PURSE IS RESPONDING:
24 October 2017
Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s opening remarks, as prepared for delivery, at the Economic and Social Council special meeting “Aftermath of Recent Hurricanes: Achieving a Risk-Informed and Resilient 2030 Agenda”, in New York today:
ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL
2018 SESSION, 4TH & 5TH MEETINGS (AM & PM)
In rebounding from the devastating effects of natural disasters, middle‑income countries needed access to multilateral financing and support for a risk‑informed, resilient approach to hazards, speakers highlighted in a special meeting of the Economic and Social Council on the aftermath of recent hurricanes.
Un debate en la ONU, convocado tras los recientes huracanes que han azotado el Caribe y el Golfo de México, resaltó que la agenda de desarrollo sostenible tiene que tener en cuenta el riesgo de fenómenos meteorológicos cada vez más frecuentes y extremos.
Aunque los huracanes Irma, Harvey y Maria ya hayan pasado, los países devastados a su paso siguen sintiendo sus efectos y lo harán durante mucho tiempo.
- The government of the Republic of Korea will provide humanitarian assistance worth US$550,000 to four Caribbean countries (Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, and Antigua and Barbuda) affected by a series of hurricanes that recently hit the Caribbean coastal areas.
o Hurricanes Irma, Maria and Nate have caused huge loss of human lives and property in the countries.
AMOUNT: EUR 16 800 000
As governments in several Caribbean countries start rebuilding key infrastructure, housing and communities after hurricanes Maria and Irma hit several island nations a month ago, the Government of the People’s Republic of China is supporting efforts to build back better.
Responding to the catastrophic damage left by two back-to-back category 5 hurricanes – the most powerful ever recorded in the Atlantic –the Ministry of Commerce of China has provided funds totaling US$5 million for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to assist communities in post-disaster recovery.
Situation in Numbers
39,000 affected children in need of assistance in Hurricane Irma and Maria-affected countries
19,800 affected children in Dominica
2,900 people in shelters in Dominica
1070 children from Dominica and Barbuda estimated to be integrated in schools in Antigua
19 October 2017 – Mere mention of the Caribbean conjures up images of pristine waters, beautiful beaches and fun in the sun. However, the images emanating from the region over the past couple of months have painted a very different picture.
The Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) has not been activated in response to Hurricanes Irma and Maria in the Caribbean region. World Food Programme (WFP), in its capacity as global ETC lead, is supporting the response activities coordinated by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA).
By Julio Berdergué, FAO Regional Officer for Latin America and the Caribbean, and Pablo Aguirre, technical advisor of the FAO Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean
Subsecretaria General de la ONU y Directora del PNUD para América Latina y el Caribe
El mundo marca dos días internacionales claves este mes: uno para la Erradicación de la Pobreza el 17 de octubre y otro para la Reducción de Desastres, cuatro días antes. No es coincidencia que estén profundamente conectados.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 — 214 children from Barbuda received psycho social assistance, after the trauma of hurricane Irma, through the *Return to Happiness Programme* implemented from October 2-7 by 17 education specialists. The Saint-lucian delegation of volunteers, who successfully completed the first mission, will extend their operations to other affected countries.
On Monday 16 October 2017 the Council adopted the EU Annual Report on Human Rights And Democracy in the World in 2016.
2016 was a challenging year for human rights and democracy, with a shrinking space for civil society and complex humanitarian and political crises emerging. In this context, the European Union showed leadership and remained strongly committed to promote and protect human rights and democracy across the world.
1. Logistics Operational Updates
Governments in several Caribbean countries are starting to rebuild infrastructure, housing and communities after Hurricane Maria and Irma left catastrophic damage.
To help countries and communities respond, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is harnessing its core resources to support assessments, coordination and recovery planning in Maria and Irma-affected countries.
A dozen UNDP crisis recovery experts have also been deployed to the region and are immediately available to provide assistance.