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Oct 23 — Oct 24

1st Working Group Conference, U.S – Caribbean Resilience Partnership

Bridgetown, Barbados

Members of the Global Resilience Institute team will be at the 1st working group conference of the U.S. - Caribbean Resilience Partnership (USCRP). The conference will be held from October 23 to October 24 2019 in Bridgetown, Barbados.

The USCRP was launched in April 2019 and represents a synergistic effort to build regional capacity to confront disasters and proactively promote cross-sector resilience. For more information, click here

GRI's Founding Director, Dr. Stephen Flynn will be facilitating the group conference who will be joined by various thought leaders focused on Disaster Aid and other initiatives which strengthen resilience of Caribbean nations. Speakers include Ambassador Linda S. Taglialatela, U.S. Ambassador to Barbados and Eastern Caribbean; Elizabeth Riley, Deputy Executive Director, Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency; Barbara Feinstein, Deputy Assistant Administrator Bureau for Latin American and the Caribbean; Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Cynthia Kierscht, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. State Department; and The Honorable Edmund Hinkson, Ministor of Home Affairs of Barbados.

The working group will convene stakeholders to learn about initiatives taken place in the region to promote resilience, with a goal to identify knowledge, capability, and resource gaps that limit achieving resilience-building goal. The meeting will also present the opportunity to determine terms of reference and how to best structure the USCRP going forward and development of initiatives to convene a network to involving private sector, NGOs, and academia to achieve shared goals under the U.S. Caribbean Resilience Partnership (USCRP).

Later in the day, Dr. Stephen Flynn will also be moderating various panels, including  'Caribbean Efforts on Disaster Resilience,' which will take a look at the lessons learned about advanced planning for recovery and identifying gaps; as well as 'International Economic Development Efforts to Support Building Enhanced Community and Infrastructural Resilience.'

Day 2 will continue to be filled with insightful panels and working discussions covering a wide range of topics including engaging society in the face of extreme events, disaster medicine, economic resilience, and the role non-governmental partners can play in the Resilience Partnership.

Dr. Liz Allen, GRI Post-Doctoral Research Associate, will be moderating a panel, 'Risk Literacy: Hazards and Vulnerabilities'. GRRN partner, Daniel Hiller, Head of Strategic Management at Fraunhofer-EMI, will also be participating in the panel discussion. Dr. Mark Patterson, GRI Chief Technology Officer, will also be moderating a panel, 'Population Health Resilience: Disaster Medicine and Healthcare Systems.'

To conclude the event, a final working group discussion will center around action plans to further the U.S.-Caribbean Resilience Partnership.

Stay tuned for updates on the event: Twitter: @Resilence_NU | Instagram: Resilience_NU | LinkedIn: LinkedIn.com/Company/Resilience_Nu.

For more information on GRI's Island Resilience Initiatives, click here.