St Vincent and the Grenadines will be represented at the Fifth Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas.
The platform is a space that brings together key players from North, South, Central America and the Caribbean, involved in disaster risk reduction and resilience building.
This is a multi-sectoral and broadly participatory forum that reflects the commitment and concern of the (national, sub-national and local) governments, intergovernmental organisations (IGOs), international organisations (IOs), non-governmental organisations (NGOs), community organisations, scientific and academic institutions, the private sector, donors and the media.
Hosted by the Government of Canada in cooperation with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), the Regional Platform will mark the first opportunity for governments and stakeholders of the Americas to discuss and agree on a Regional Action Plan to support the implementation of the Sendai Framework for DRR 2015-2030 (Sendai Framework).
The main focus of the Fifth Regional Platform for DRR in the Americas will be to discuss how governments, ministers, civil society leaders, technical and scientific institutions, the private sector, media could drive the implementation and measurement of the expected outcomes of the Sendai Framework in the Americas. More than 1,000 delegates are expected, including policy makers, practitioners, experts and disaster risk managers.
The Regional Platform consists of an intergovernmental segment, technical sessions, parallel and special events where participants will be able to interact and discuss the implementation of the Sendai Framework, best practices and lessons learned.
A key feature will be the High-Level segment where Ministers and other high-level authorities will prioritise the DRR agenda for the next two years in the Americas region. A key outcome of this discussion will be the approval of a Regional Action Plan for the Americas
The Regional Platform will also feature a marketplace, a photographic exhibit and the Ignite Stage, a place where DRR practitioners present innovative DRR tools and initiatives.
The Regional Platform will also offer an opportunity for sub-regional intergovernmental groups and DRR stakeholders to interact and strengthen partnerships and share experiences on the road to meeting the Sendai Framework’s seven global targets.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines is being represented by a four-member delegation headed by the Hon. Frederick Stephenson Minister of National Mobilisation, Hon. St. Clair Prince Minister of Education, Mrs Morine Williams Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Ms Michelle Forbes Director Ag, NEMO.