Building on the momentum of the ongoing dialogues and collaborations across the Caribbean region on opportunities for social protection systems respond to more efficiently and effectively to emergencies such as natural disasters, WFP, in collaboration with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and the Turks and Caicos Government is hosting the first Shock-Responsive Social Protection Regional Symposium for the Caribbean in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The event will take place on 27 June 2019.
This Shock-Responsive Social Protection Regional Symposium brings together ministers, technical personnel and the international community to explore issues, options and best practices for building regional resilience in the face of existing hazards through strengthened linkages between disaster risk management and social protection. Senior government officials will share their own national experiences on improving social protection systems to better meet the needs of the most vulnerable, before and after a disaster or other emergency.
The plenary discussions, will can be seen on livestream on 27 June 2019 between 8:30 am-12:30 pm. https://socialprotection.org/learn/livestream.”
Disaster Risk: A significant challenge for Small Island States
The facts are indisputable: large-scale shocks in the Caribbean have become more severe, recurrent and long-term. This is causing formidable challenges for the region’s small island nations to maintain their economic, social and environmental gains. It also affects their ability to protect people from collective risks and to respond to the adverse impact of natural hazards, responsible for causing an estimated USD 3 billion in annual losses1. As climate change will likely increase the frequency and complexity of extreme weather events, significant progress towards sustainable development will continue to elude most small islands. This calls for bold efforts and swift actions to build the resilience of vulnerable countries and communities. It also requires novel approaches, investments and partnerships to strengthen operational readiness and response capacities, with a view to assist shock-affected populations with greater efficiency, efficacy and equity.