Mexico and UNDP support post-disaster government continuity planningJul 5, 2017
The Government of Mexico and the United Nations Development Programme in Jamaica have concluded a bilateral agreement to support continuity of the operations of the Government of Jamaica in the event of a disaster.
The agreement was signed on 28 June in Kingston Jamaica, on the margins of the Caribbean Action 2030 Conference, by Ambassador of Mexico to Jamaica, Her Excellency Martha Cecilia Jaber and UNDP Resident Representative, Mr. Bruno Pouezat, in the presence of Senator the Honourable Kamina Johnson Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, and United Nations Assistant Secretary General, Director of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean Ms. Jessica Faieta.
The agreement provides a USD 8400 grant to the UNDP country office to extend technical support to the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) towards the development of a Continuity of Governance Plan.
An outline draft of the study report was presented to the National Disaster Committee chaired by His Excellency the Prime Minister, the Most Honourable Andrew Holness, in July 2017. The full report is under finalization.
The Continuity of Governance Plan aims to ensure that essential functions will continue to be performed during or in the aftermath of a catastrophic emergency. Continuity of governance planning targets the preservation, maintenance or reconstitution of the government’s capacity to carry out its constitutional responsibilities, through provisions for succession of leadership, pre-delegation of emergency authority and active command and control.
The grant supported the scoping of the existing capacity and processes in place as a foundation to the preparation of a full Continuity of Governance Plan. Next steps include strengthening understanding and awareness of continuity planning for government officials and other relevant stakeholders, including the donor community, and drafting of a continuity of government plan.
UNDP/UN Communications Analyst