The Caribbean Community (CARICOM), with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), will hold a High-level Donor Conference on 21 November at UN Headquarters in New York to mobilise international support for its Members devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Financial and technical assistance support is being sought.
This initiative is aimed at rebuilding the devastated Members as the first climate resilient countries in the world and at helping the wider CARICOM Region improve its resilience given its inherent vulnerability as a Community of SIDS – Small Island and Low-lying Coastal Developing States.
International Development Partners, including countries, agencies, NGOs, prominent personalities, private sector entities and Foundations, have been invited. CARICOM Heads of Government and the Secretaries-General of CARICOM and the United Nations will also participate.
The objectives of the High-Level Donor Conference are to:
· mobilise support and commitment of pledges to help rebuild the countries ravaged by hurricanes Irma and Maria;
· assist the Region to build resilience, given its inherent vulnerability;
· facilitate follow-up on commitments made at the Conference, sustain interest, monitor and support implementation and report on progress