Ladies and gentlemen, the vulnerability of the Caribbean States necessitates continuous investments in disaster risk reduction capacity and capability building if we are to retard or reverse the epidemic of hazard related losses we have experienced over the last decade. To this end, CDEMA wishes to acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Brazil in contributing to the convening of today’s capacity building workshop for disaster risk management in the agricultural sector.  The Government of Brazil is the newest partner of CDEMA in its efforts to broker Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) in the region.

Honourable Adriel Brathwaite, Attorney General and Minister of Home Affairs, Barbados, Mr Harry Hagan, Department for International Development, UK AID, Ms. Joan Norville, Programme Officer, Environment and Sustainable Development Unit, Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, National Disaster Coordinators,  Members of the Media; Ladies and Gentlemen

Ms. Elizabeth Riley, Deputy Director, CDEMA; Mr. Harry Hagan, Head of the Department for International Development, Caribbean; Ms. Joan Norville, Programme Officer, Environmental and Sustainable Development Unit, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States; Ladies and Gentlemen;Members of the Media:

Chairman, The Honourable Adriel Brathwaite, Attorney General and Minister of Home Affairs, Government of Barbados,

Ms. Michelle Gyles-McDonnough, UN Resident Coordinator/UN Resident Representative;

Mr Juan Pablo Sarmiento, Florida International University,

Welcome to our Annual Press Conference, the intent is to give you an overview of what we have done this year in relation to what we set out do and to look at some of the developments, instruments polices etc, opportunities and challenges that we have encountered over the year and finally to talk to you about the upcoming hurricane season and what is on the table.

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