My Fellow Citizens and Residents,

I am honoured and privileged as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security to address you, the people of St. Kitts and Nevis, today, October 13th, which is designated each year as the International Day for Disaster Reduction.

Today, the International Day for Disaster Reduction is being commemorated both here in St. Kitts and Nevis and worldwide, with a focus on Target C of the Sendai Framework. 


The CDEMA Coordinating Unit is pleased to participate in the 2017 Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction. We also express thanks to the Government of Mexico for hosting us at this important event. CDEMA, which comprises eighteen (18) Participating States (PS), has been a firm supporter of global frameworks for Disaster Risk Reduction and our commitment to implementing the results through our regional strategy for Comprehensive Disaster Management, remains steadfast.

On this important occasion, the contribution of CDEMA to this important Sendai milestone event revolves around three (3) key messages:


I am so pleased to have the opportunity to join you today for the opening of this 9th Caribbean Conference, which in these delightful surroundings will address the important topic of Sustainable Development: Pathway to an Integrated Agenda for Resilience.

A recent United Nations report warns that the number of forcibly displaced people has risen to a record number – almost 60 million at the end of 2014. Among these, most women and adolescent girls face particular threats as a result of the absence of health and other essential services that they need.

Not since the end of the Second World War have so many people been forced from their homes across the planet. With nearly 60 million individuals having fled conflict or disaster, women and adolescent girls are particularly vulnerable. Violent extremists and armed groups are committing terrible abuses that result in trauma, unintended pregnancy and infection with HIV and other diseases. Shame and accountability rest squarely on the shoulders of the perpetrators who wage cowardly battles across the bodies of innocents.

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