On the “frontlines of climate change,” a new UN disaster preparedness hub was constructed in Barbados

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On the "frontlines of climate change," a new UN disaster preparedness hub was constructed in Barbados

Source: AUN News

The facility will be situated at the international airport in Bridgetown, a collaboration between the UN agency, the Barbadian government, and the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA).

It’s a done deal! When a disaster strikes, the @WFP will set up a new logistics center in #Barbados to store and quickly distribute essential relief supplies. For the #Caribbean nations at the forefront of the climate crisis, where every minute and every hour counts, this could not be more crucial. pic.twitter.com/E9yetuh9fL

— David Beasley on August 11, 2022 (@WFPChief)

Once operational, the hub will assist with air and sea operations, act as a prepositioning and reaction hub, and ship aid supplies.

At the groundbreaking event, WFP Director David Beasley was present with CDEMA Executive Director Elizabeth Riley and Prime Minister Mia Mottley of Barbados. Serving the region 

“Climate change is already having a significant impact on the Caribbean islands. To save lives, preserve livelihoods, and safeguard hard-won development gains, he said we must be prepared entirely as hurricanes become more frequent and severe.

This facility will guarantee that our regional partners can assist the Caribbean even better in times of need.

Catastrophes and harm

Natural disasters like hurricanes, storms, floods, droughts, and volcanic eruptions are widespread in the Caribbean.

Small Island Developing States have been impacted by 511 catastrophes worldwide during the previous seven decades, according to the WFP.

More than half, 324 of them, took place in the Caribbean, whose economies were hit six times harder than those of more powerful nations.

Canada, the European Union, and the United States each contributed a portion of the cost of the hub’s construction.

Analysis by: Advocacy Unified Network

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