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The Caribbean
International Disaster Response Law (IDRL)
Workshop 2021 

November 17 - 19, 2021
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Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA)

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The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) is a regional inter-governmental agency which specializes in disaster management for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Established in 1991 as CDERA (Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency), the organisation transitioned to CDEMA in 2009 to fully embrace the principles and practice of Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM).


CDEMA comprises twenty (20) Participating States and is supported by a Coordinating Unit (CU) located in Barbados, which functions as a secretariat and programme implementation entity. The Agency's mission is to empower Participating States; and influence, collaborate and partner with other organisations to build disaster resilience in the Caribbean region.

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)


The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is a membership organisation, consisting of the world’s 192 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, acting through more than 160,000 local branches or offices and with 14 million community-based volunteers. They are supported by the IFRC Secretariat, which works to support, coordinate and represent the action of National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies worldwide. Together, the members and their Secretariat are known as the “IFRC network”.  


Each National Red Cross and Red Crescent Society is an independent national organisation dedicated to saving lives, promoting community health, safety resilience and well-being, and building inclusive societies. As auxiliaries to the public authorities in the humanitarian field, National Societies support their authorities to reduce risks, protect human dignity, delivery assistance and improve the lives of vulnerable people, while always acting in conformity with the Fundamental Principles.  


Their unparalleled local presence, combined with the IFRC Secretariat’s role in global coordination and response, brokering knowledge, strengthening capacities, mobilising resources and representation, form the world’s largest and most effective humanitarian network.  


The IFRC network is diverse and inclusive. It is uniquely placed to deliver life-saving services before, during and after disasters, and health emergencies, perilous migration journeys and other crises, and to deliver the long-term programming that is critical to building sustainable community resilience, adapt to climate change and promote public health.   


The IFRC network is neutral, impartial and independent. It is a trusted partner both in emergency response and in individual, community and institutional resilience, and it is a leader in the anticipation, prevention, and response to disasters, health emergencies and other crises.  


French Red Cross Regional Intervention Platform for the Americas and the Caribbean (PIRAC)

Founded in 2005, with its main office in Guadeloupe, PIRAC, the Regional Intervention Platform for the Americas and the Caribbean of the French Red Cross is the representative Delegation of the French Red Cross for the Caribbean region, implementing programs and humanitarian operations, both at domestic level and at international level.


With the support of the Local Councils of Martinique, Guadeloupe and French Guiana, and in compliance with the status of the French Red Cross as an auxiliary of public authorities, PIRAC has become a major actor of regional cooperation and humanitarian action in the Caribbean.

PIRAC assists the Caribbean populations affected by major disasters and crisis and develops actions to strengthen the resilience of Caribbean people and support Red Cross entities in the French territories and the broader Caribbean, in coordination with the IFRC.


Within the framework of an Agreement signed between the IFRC and French Red Cross PIRAC, PIRAC is pleased to fund IDRL activities through its INTERREG “READY Together”, Project co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, the French Development Agency and the Regional Council of Guadeloupe.

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IFRC Disaster Law

IFRC Disaster Law operates on an international mandate from all state parties to the Geneva Conventions and works with Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies to provide technical advice to governments to strengthen disaster risk governance through laws and policies, and to build the capacity of domestic stakeholders on disaster law. With 20 years of experience IFRC Disaster Law has provided support to more than 40 countries to strengthen their disaster laws and has conducted

disaster law activities in more than 90 countries.


IFRC Disaster Law is also a leader in conducting research and developing innovative guidance on domestic best practice. It has produced four key guidance documents:

  • the Guidelines for the Domestic Facilitation and Regulation of International Disaster Relief and Initial Recovery Assistance (commonly known as the IDRL Guidelines);

  • the Checklist on Law and Disaster Risk Reduction (the DRR Checklist);

  • he Checklist on Law and Disaster Preparedness and Response (the DPR Checklist); and

  • the Guidance on Law and Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response (Pilot Version).


The first three guidance documents have been endorsed by the states parties to the Geneva Conventions and the components of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement by resolutions of the International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent. They are used by disaster-related stakeholders as a benchmark for evaluating and strengthening domestic disaster laws. IFRC Disaster Law has also produced numerous implementation tools to facilitate the strengthening of domestic legal frameworks.