#Bahamas, December 6, 2017 – Nassau – The CDM Conference is the Caribbean region’s premier event on Disaster Risk Management and, over the last decade, has showcased best practices emerging from Regional and International Partners and CDEMA’s 18 participating States and beyond.
Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) is the region’s brand of Disaster Risk Management and contributes to the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), a blue print for global actions in DRR. In that regard, the Conference is an endorsed regional event of the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) and is structured to strategically influence niche audiences, promote good practice, share ongoing research and chart the way forward for the advancement of CDM in the Caribbean. This year’s theme is “CDM: The Road to Resilience Check Point 2017 – Building Resilience through Partnerships”.
One of the key sessions at this year’s conference is titled “Teachable Moments: Lessons emerging from the Rapid Review of the Hurricanes Irma and Maria Response”. This session will provide the opportunity for countries such as the TCI which were recently impacted by storms, to share their damage assessment strategies, as well as lessons learnt, as they charter a new course towards building resilience.
At the CDM Conference on December 5th 2017,The Honourable Vaden Williams was presented with a cheque on behalf of the Turks and Caicos Islands Government for USD $70,000, towards the rebuilding and repairing of Government Schools that sustained damage following the passage of Hurricane Irma and Maria in September 2017. Mr. Ronald Jackson, Executive Director of CDEMA who presented the cheque stated that “it was important to acknowledge the support of the Caribbean Citizens’ effort, in supporting affected CDEMA States, and that we were happy to provide the resources on their behalf to the TCI in support of their school restoration efforts.”
Honourable Williams in receiving the cheque commented, “I welcome this donation on behalf of my Government and the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands. This will greatly assist with the rebuilding and repairing of schools that were damaged by the storms and expedite a sense of normalcy to our students, by returning them as soon as possible to their traditional school facilities. I wish to thank CDEMA and the citizens of the Caribbean who have made it possible for this offer, and support to our People. ”
Also in attendance from the TCI are Mr. Mike Clerveaux-DDME, Ms. Charlene Higgs and Mr. D’Angelo Francis -Ministry of Health and Human Services and Mr. Leonard Glasgow-Department of Planning.
Press Release: TCIG