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Regional Launch of the Early Warnings for All Initiative (EW4ALL) for the Caribbean

Organizer(s)
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
World Meteorological Organization
United Nations Resident Coordinator Offices for the Caribbean States
Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency
Barbados - government
Man showing early warning system
UNDRR
Regional Early Warning Systems Consortium (REWSC) Meeting in Barbados

Time

11:00 - 12:30 (GMT-4)

This event will be live streamed.

Objective

Mobilize Prime Ministers of the Caribbean region to support the EW4ALL initiative and to accelerate national and regional governance mechanisms that will facilitate its implementation.

Overview

This will be the first regional launch of the initiative worldwide, and it will be an opportunity to harness the highest political as well as technical support to achieve the ambition set by the UN SG. Similarly, it would be an occasion to highlight the work that has been developed in the region, notably under the Climate Risk Early Warning Systems Caribbean Initiative, and from the different partners of the Regional Early Warning System Consortium chaired by CDEMA.

The outcomes of such event, will also contribute to the upcoming VIII Regional Platform for Disaster Risk reduction in the Americas and the Caribbean to be held in Uruguay from 27 February to 2 March 2023, particularly to the joint meeting between directors of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services, and the National Disaster Risk Management Agencies. Similarly, this event will inform the Mid-term review of the Sendai Framework high level meeting of the General Assembly to be held in New York in May 2023.

This initiative which is chaired by WMO and UNDRR, would be implemented with the support of the whole United Nations community, but notably in close coordination with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), as leaders of pillars 3 and 4 of the Initiative.

Programme

11:00 – 11:05

Elizabeth Riley, Executive Director, CDEMA

11:05 – 11:10

Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations

11:10 – 11:15

Dr. Carla Barnett, Secretary General – CARICOM

11:15 – 11:20

Cultural Presentation

11:20 – 11:30

P. M. of Saint Lucia, H.E. Philip J. Pierre

11:30 – 11:35

Cultural Presentation

11:35 – 11:50    

P. M. of Barbados, H.E. Mia Amor Mottley, Q.C., M.P

11:50 – 12:30

Panel discussion

Moderator: Didier Trebucq, United Nations Resident Coordinator

 

Prof. Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General of WMO

 

Ms. Mami Mizutori, SRSG for Risk Reduction, head of UNDRR

 

Mr. QU Dongyu, Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organization

 

Ms. Inger Andersen, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme

 

Mr. Gerard Howe, Chair of the Climate Risk and Early Warning Systems (CREWS) Initiative, UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

 

Ms Shajunee Gumbs, CDM Youth Ambassador of St. Kitts and Nevis

 

Mr. Ariel Kestens, Head of the Country Cluster Support Team for the Anglo Caribbean at IFRC

 

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