UNDP will help Caribbean build back better - UNDP Resident Representative

Sep 9, 2017

UNDP extends sincere condolences says UNDP Resident Representative, Bruno Pouezat (UN File Photo of Haitian victims of 2012 Hurricane)


STATEMENT by Mr. Bruno Pouezat, UNDP Resident Representative: "UNDP will help the Caribbean to 'build back better, leaving no one behind'


[8th September, 2017]: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Jamaica extends sincere condolences to the Caribbean nations which have sustained loss of lives and tremendous infrastructural damage as a result of the passage of Hurricane Irma. Housing, community infrastructure and the livelihoods of millions of people have been severely damaged. The recovery of affected areas will require considerable efforts.

UNDP stands ready to support national recovery efforts not only during the immediate response to the disaster but also in early recovery activities such as debris and waste management, emergency employment, strengthening of core government functions and post-disaster needs assessments among others. UNDP has made $300,000 dollars available to support assessments, coordination and recovery planning in countries affected by the hurricane.

Whatever challenges lie ahead, the nations of the Caribbean do not stand alone. UNDP has joined forces with other United Nations agencies, funds and programmes in deploying first-responder teams. The UNDP office in Jamaica, which also supports Turks and Caicos, The Bahamas, Cayman Islands and Bermuda is coordinating first responder teams which started arriving in Jamaica yesterday to travel to Turks and Caicos and The Bahamas together with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA). The team includes a United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team, to strengthen national capacity to assess damage to infrastructure including water and sanitation and coordinate relief efforts, as well as a UNDP Disaster Reduction Specialist. Based on these initial assessments, we will then support the coordination of relief and reconstruction and the mobilization of international resources for the recovery period. To this end, UNDP is also collecting donations online at: https://Give.undp.org/Irma

UNDP continues to monitor all hurricane systems in the region and is on standby to support the region make full recovery, rebuild more resilient economies and institutions, and fulfill the global pledge to ‘leave no one behind’.

Contact information

UNDP/UN Communications Analyst, Gillian Scott, 978 2390 - 9 or 509 0724

Interviews and quotes are available from UNDP experts in the Caribbean and New York. To arrange, please contact Carolina Azevedo in New York on +1 2129066127 carolina.azevedo@undp.org

Contact Information:

Carolina Azevedo, Carolina.azevedo@undp.org in New York _+12129066127

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