Ministry of Local Government & Community Development

Ministry of Local Government
& Community Development

Government of Jamaica


Jamaica to host Disaster Risk Reduction Conference in 2020

Published: Friday | June 22, 2018

 CARTAGENA, Colombia: Jamaica will host the Seventh Regional Platform for the Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas and the Caribbean in 2020.
The country’s invitation to host the event is the first for a Caribbean nation and follows those of Panama, Mexico, Chile, Ecuador, Canada and Colombia in advancing disaster risk reduction.
“We acknowledge the very high consideration and respect shown to us by signatory countries, international and regional agencies, and stand ready to facilitate the next phase of the sustainable development agenda through disaster risk reduction, resilience and climate change adaptation,” said the Honourable Desmond McKenzie, Minister of Local Government and Community Development, today (June 22, 2018) as he officially accepted the invitation to host the Conference.
He was at the Sixth Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas underway in Cartaegena, Colombia - organized by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA).
The biennial conference allows government, non-government organizations, scientific and academic institutions as well as private sector interests to examine the opportunities and challenges to advance the sustainable development through resilience and disaster risk reduction in the region.  It is also focuses on the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas and the Caribbean which was agreed to in 2015 and to which Jamaica is a signatory.
“Jamaica looks forward to the opportunity to ensure the implementation, monitoring and review of the Sendai Framework through the 2020 Regional Platform,” Minister McKenzie added.   
“We look forward to your presence in the land of wood and water in two years’ time, and to the uniquely Jamaican experience that continues to put our country’s name on the lips of the world.”