The University of the West Indies (UWI) Open Campus, St. Vincent, in collaboration with the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) and The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Red Cross Society, will host a Country Conference today and tomorrow, at the National Insurance Services Conference Room.
The theme of the Conference is: “Promoting a culture of Safety: Building Resilience to Disasters and Stimulating Sustainable Development.” The sessions will commence at 9:00 am each day.
Today’s sessions will be proceeded by an Opening Ceremony, which will be addressed by Head of the Open Campus, Deborah Dalrymple, and Howie Prince, Director of the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO).
The keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Richard Robertson, Director of the SEISMIC Research Centre at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus.
A wide cross section of institutions and individuals who have done research on St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the area of disasters and Disaster Risk Management will contribute to the Country Conference, and ultimately assist in charting the way forward.
The Conference hopes to increase the public’s awareness of the impacts of disasters on St. Vincent and the Grenadines and mitigating measures needed to allow for Sustainable Development. The Conference is part of the Regional Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project.