XXVI Meeting of the Special Committee for Disaster Risk Reduction

The XXVI Meeting of the Special Committee for Disaster Risk Reduction of the ACS was held on June 11th, 2018 in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. The Meeting was Chaired by the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Chair of the Committee for the period 2018-2019.

At the meeting Director Arturo López Portillo presented the progress of DRR projects from the Havana Plan of Action 2016-2018. All projects have been successfully finalised. Now, the process to design projects for the Plan of Action 2019-2021 begins; the new ACS Plan of Action will be approved by the ACS Ministerial Council at the VIII Summit of Presidents and Heads of State that will be held in Managua, Nicaragua in March 2019.

Many ACS members attended the meeting, among them were: Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Barbados, Cuba, Jamaica, Guadeloupe, Costa Rica, Trinidad and Tobago, Dominican Republic, Guatemala and Saint Lucia. Many regional and international organisations involved in the projects and in DRR in the Caribbean Region, presented and discussed the status of the projects and the way forward. Among them were: INEGI, ECLAC, CCRIF, IFRC, UNISDR and the EU.

About the ACS

The Association of Caribbean States is the organization for consultation, cooperation and concerted action in trade, transport, sustainable tourism and natural disasters in the Greater Caribbean. Its Member States are Antigua & Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago and Venezuela. Its Associate Members are Aruba, Curacao, (France on behalf of French Guiana, Saint Barthelemy and Saint Martin ), Guadeloupe, Martinique, Sint Maarten, (The Netherlands on behalf of Bonaire, Saba, and Sint Eustatius ), Turks and Caicos.