February 10, 2010

Over 300 from CARICOM participated in Haiti quake response so far

Health officials and other emergency teams are still providing help for devastated Haitians and since the horrific earthquake hit Port-au-Prince on January 12, more than 300 persons from eleven CARICOM (Caribbean Community) countries and associate members have so far been involved in the response.

Jamaican soldiers (right) on guard at the entrance to the CARICOM medical facility in Haiti. (CARICOM photo)

This was announced by CARICOM in a press statement yesterday.

As CARICOM continues its outreach, emphasis has been placed on ensuring the human rights of the people affected by the disaster are respected. It has since given priority to an appeal by the Haitian Prime Minister, to lobby the international community for Haiti’s long term recovery and reconstruction.

A Coordination Committee was created to organise an International Conference aimed at devising a Strategic Plan for the reconstruction of Haiti. The Committee held its first meeting on January 25 in Montreal, Canada. CARICOM Assistant Secretary-General Foreign and Com-munity Relations, Ambassa-dor Colin Granderson, Executive Director of the Caribbean Disaster Emer-gency Management Agency (CDEMA), Jeremy Collymore, former senior United Nations official with experience in disaster management Hugh Cholmondeley and former Jamaica Prime Minister P.J. Patterson attended the meeting. Patterson led the delegation.

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