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Local Government Minister to co-chair United Nations panel on Disaster Risk Management



MINISTRY OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT & COMMUNITY DEVELOPME | 2015-03-11 00:00:00

Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Noel Arscott, will leave the island this week, to participate in the 3rd United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai City, Japan. The Conference will begin this Saturday, March 14, and end next Wednesday, March 18. Mr. Arscott will return to the island on March 19.

The Conference, which will be addressed by United Nations’ Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon, will also bring together political, academic and other professional representatives from Africa, Asia, Eastern and Western Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, who will work toward the main objective of adopting a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction. This mechanism is expected to guide disaster risk reduction and capacity-building efforts globally, from community to national levels. Attendees will also assess the implementation of the ten-year-old Hyogo Framework for Action, which was developed to build and enhance community and national resilience against disasters.

As the policy leader of the Ministry responsible for the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), Minister Arscott will serve as co-Chair of one of three High-Level Multi-Stakeholder Partnership Dialogues on Inclusive Disaster Risk Management. Specifically, the Minister will chair the Dialogue under the theme: “Inclusive Disaster Risk Management: Governments, Communities and Groups Acting Together.” He will share the responsibilities of Chairman with the Minister of Emergency Situations of the Russian Federation, Mr. Vladimir Puchkov.

Minister Arscott will also be a main presenter at the High Level session of the UN Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS). The session will be held under the theme “Building Effective Partnerships Towards Resilient Small Island Developing States in The Post-2015 World,” and will focus on disaster risk reduction issues that have been prioritized by Small Island Developing States. These include institutional strengthening, capacity building, improved emergency response, future climate change predictions and adaptation measures, stakeholder partnerships and holistic approaches to reducing risks.

Additionally, the Local Government and Community Development Minister will participate in a Ministerial Round Table, which will be held under the theme: “Governing Disaster Risk: Overcoming Challenges.”

The efforts of community-based and other associations worldwide at disaster risk reduction will also be specially recognized at the Conference. Jamaica’s Jeffrey Town Farmers’ Association, located in St. Mary has been shortlisted for the 2015 United Nations Sasakawa Award for Disaster Reduction.

Emerging from an original field of 88 nominees from 44 countries, the Farmers’ Association is among three contenders for the US$50,000 Award, which is financed by the Nippon Foundation of Japan.  It is awarded every two years to an individual or institutions that have taken active efforts in reducing disaster risk in their communities and advocated for disaster risk reduction.

 

 




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