The government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines continues to pay special attention to Disaster Risk Reduction given the vulnerability of this country to natural hazards.

It is against this backdrop that this country is being represented at the Sixth Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in the Americas which got under way in Colombia yesterday June 20.

This country is being represented by a three-member delegation led by Minister of National Mobilisation and Social Development Frederick Stephenson. The other members of the delegation are, Minister of Education St. Clair Jimmy Prince and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security, Godfred Pompey.

The platform is being hosted by the Government of Colombia in cooperation with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, and represents an opportunity for governments, the private sector, civil society and other actors in the Americas to exchange experiences regarding the implementation of the Regional Action Plan, agreed in March 2017 in Montreal, Canada, as a guide for the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 in the Americas.

Over 1,000 delegates, such as policy makers, professionals in various fields and experts in disaster risk management are expected to attend the event from June 20-22.

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