Strengthening cooperation between UNDAC and CDEMA
From 1 to 3 March, a delegation from OCHA, led by the Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, together with the Partnership Coordination Section (PCS) and the Field Coordination Support Section (FCSS) of the Emergency Services Branch, within OCHA Geneva, met with counterparts from the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) to plan for a strengthened collaboration in the future. OCHA and CDEMA finalized the negotiations for the memorandum of understanding (MOU) to be signed by both organizations, providing the framework for cooperation. Moreover, they concretely discussed joint activities in training of emergency response staff in the region and elaborated a standard operating procedure (SOP) draft for cooperation in emergency preparedness and response. The delegation also met with the Resident Coordinator and attended an inter-agency work planning meeting by PAHO, UNICEF, WFP and OCHA with CDEMA, as well as several meetings with regional and national counterparts based in Barbados. Concretely, OCHA and CDEMA intend to strengthen cooperation between the CARICOM Disaster Assessment and Coordination (CDAC), the CARICOM Operational Support Team (COST) and the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team, with a vision to complement each other’s strengths and ensure interoperability.