DAY 1 of ECLAC/ACS Disaster Assessment Course

The Directorate of Transport and Disaster Risk Reduction of the Association of Caribbean States(ACS) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), in collaboration with the and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, is hosting a four-day Disaster Assessment Course from 24th-27th February at the ACS Secretariat in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. The course, “Planning for Disaster Risk Management & Disaster Assessment Methodology in the context of the 2030 Development Agenda and the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals”, is aimed at building disaster resilience in the Caribbean Region. ECLAC and the ACS seek to provide such training to participants from eight (8) of the Caribbean Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDEMA) in thematic areas ranging from enhancing fiscal sustainability in the Caribbean through insurance and the consolidation of effects and macroeconomic impacts of disasters. It also places emphasis on strengthening the capacity of ACS Member States in the evaluation and assessment of the impact of disasters in the Caribbean. At the opening of the sessions, welcome remarks were delivered by the Secretary General of the ACS, Her Excellency Dr. June Soomer, followed by Ms. Diane Quarless, Director, Caribbean Subregional Headquarters, United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean.