Minister of Local Government Attending Global Disaster Risk Reduction Platform in Switzerland

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Jamaica News: Minister of Local Government and Community Development Hon. Desmond McKenzie has left the island for Geneva, Switzerland, where he is leading the Jamaican delegation at the 6th Global Platform for Disaster Risk Management.

The Conference, which is organized by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, will among other things examine the progress made by Signatory countries to the Sendai Framework, in devising and implementing national and local disaster risk reduction strategies by 2020.

While in Geneva, Minister McKenzie, who is the Minister with responsibility for the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) and also Deputy Chairman of the National Disaster Risk Management Council, will address a number of sessions at the Conference and participate in a series of High Level Dialogues involving policymakers from participating countries.

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“The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, which is a biennial forum, is critical to Small Island Developing States such as Jamaica, as it directly facilitates information exchange and knowledge and partnership-building across sectors. Therefore our Government and other governments, Non Government Organizations, the scientific community and various organizations will not just share what is being done now to achieve Disaster Risk Reduction, but will also develop practical recommendations that we, as policy makers in charge of sustainable development, finance, economic planning and disaster risk reduction, can implement for the improvement of our peoples’ lives.”

The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction will end on May 17.

 

Source: JIS News

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