A regional approach to coordination on multi-hazards: 2020 lessons from the Caribbean

Special session 2


Organized by:
Caribean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA)
Government of Jamaica
Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM)
Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

 14:00-15:00 GMT-5
 2 November 2021
 Special session 1

This session will seek to review how countries have experienced the impacts of multiple hazards during 2020 (COVID-19, major hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanoes, displacement, etc.) and highlight how countries within the entire Caribbean region, and regional agencies, dealt with this multi-hazard environment. The session will aim to enhance the understanding on the importance of partnerships, collaboration and coordination for disaster risk reduction and emergency management in the context of multiple hazards. Similarly, it will showcase different response mechanisms implemented by regional agencies such as CDEMA and CEPREDENAC during the 2020 multi-hazard response. Recommendations on actions that may be undertaken by States and agencies within the entire Caribbean region to strengthen regional coordination for resilience against the multi-hazard context will be presented.



H.E Carlos Madero
Minister General Coordinator, General Coordination Secretariat of Government, Honduras


Elizabeth Riley
Executive Director, Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) 

Joy St. John
Executive Director, Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA)


Claudia Herrera
Executive Secretary,Coordination Centre for Disaster Prevention in Central America and the Dominican Republic (CEPREDENAC)


Michelle Forbes
Director, National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Horace Glaze
Acting Deputy Director General and Senior Director of the Preparedness and Emergency Operations Division, Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (OPDEM), Jamaica


Cynthia Spishak
Associate Administrator, Office of Policy & Program Analysis, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Session information


Session type: Panel

Who can attend: Registered participants


English, Spanish, French


 International sign language

 Closed captions

 Accessible room

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