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Geneva, 9 October 2017 - Visiting hurricane devastated islands in the Caribbean at the weekend, the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres Guterres, stated that “the link between climate change and the devastation we are witnessing is clear, and there is a collective responsibility of the international community to stop this suicidal development.” “And…
Geneva, 12 October 2017 - Following the devastation wrought on his Caribbean island home by Hurricane Maria, the Prime Minister of Dominica, Mr. Roosevelt Skerrit, is calling on the world not “to turn its back” on the problem of climate change and for greater investment in disaster risk reduction. In a message for International Day for Disaster Reducti…
PANAMA, 18 January, 2016 - The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) has launched an awards scheme for 2016 which seeks to support national and regional efforts to reduce disaster loss and the impacts of climate change. CDEMA includes some of the most disaster prone small island States in the world, exposed to sea-level rise, storm surg…
The Country Document for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) presents a 2016 analysis of the status of DRR in Antigua and Barbuda. It identifies priorities and proposes strategies for the comprehensive national management of risk with the protection of human life and the environment as main goals. This Country Document was prepared within the international c…
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22 February 2018
GENEVA, 22 February, 2018 - Climate change means that coastal communities in the Caribbean need to be self-sufficient for up to three weeks and not just a couple of days if they are to cope with the fall-out from hurricane activity at the level of intensity experienced during the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season, according to a weather expert. “We have b…
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity Duties And Responsibilities This consultancy will support the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS) in preparing the disaster risk reduction country document for Antigua and Barbuda. The document will be prepared in a consultative process that is lead by the National Off…
On March 11, 2011 a 9.1 Magnitude undersea earthquake triggered a tsunami that engulfed more than 200 square miles of coastal land in northeast Japan. The world watched as TV news broadcast footage of 30-foot tsunami waves laying waste to entire towns.  Over 20,000 people were killed by the tsunami and it was the elderly who suffered most. Fifty-seven p…
GENEVA, 22 March, 2018 - A comprehensive review on how early warning systems performed in the Caribbean during the record-breaking 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season will highlight in particular how men and women were affected differently by events. The report will be launched at the Americas Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Cartagena, Colo…
GENEVA, 8 June 2012 - The magnitude 4.0 earthquake recorded off the coast of Antigua on 11 May is "a warning that the Caribbean should prepare for a much more severe earthquake to come," says a leading expert. Seismologist Joan Latchman of the Seismic Research Unit in Trinidad and Tobago said: "Caribbean islands lie in an area of relatively high earthq…