Jamaica ready to host disaster risk reduction conference

Damage caused by Hurricane Ivan in Florida in 2004.

Jamaica will host the region’s highest forum for reviewing progress on reducing disaster losses in Latin America and the Caribbean in July 2020.

The 7th Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction will be the first in the series to be staged in the Caribbean and takes place as UN Member States strive to meet the 2020 deadline for having in place national and local strategies for disaster risk reduction.

This is target ‘e’ of the seven targets in the global plan for reducing disaster losses, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction which was adopted by UN Member States in March 2015.

Damage caused by Hurricane Ivan in Jamaica in 2004.

Ronald Jackson, executive director of the Caribbean Disaster and Emergency Management Agency, said, “The Caribbean is advancing in many areas related to disaster management but our stories are often not told in the global space and we felt that the Caribbean deserved an opportunity not only to host but to showcase what’s happening in the Caribbean on disaster risk reduction.”

The regional platform will be jointly organized by the Government of Jamaica, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) and the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA).

Ronald Jackson, executive director of the Caribbean Disaster and Emergency Management Agency.

It will take place from July 8 to 10, 2020 at the Montego Bay Convention Center in St James.

The Americas — and the Caribbean in particular — has experienced three consecutive destructive and above-average Atlantic hurricane seasons resulting in thousands of deaths, population displacement, damage to critical infrastructure and significant economic losses especially for small island developing states.