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The Caribbean
International Disaster Response Law (IDRL)
Workshop 2021 

November 17 - 19, 2021
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Agenda

Timezone: AST or UTC-4

Day 1: Broad perspectives in IDRL

9:00 - 9:15 

Opening Ceremony: Overview of the Background, Purpose and Agenda

Sonia Gill, Secretary General, Caribbean Broadcasting Union

9:15 - 9:40 

Opening Remarks: Heads of Regional and Partner Organisations: CDEMA, IFRC & PIRAC

Elizabeth Riley

Executive Director, CDEMA

 

Ariel Kestens

Head of Delegation, Dutch-and English-speaking Caribbean IFRC

 

Marie Helene Jost-Cholin

Emergency Preparedness Training and IDRL activities Coordinator, French Red Cross PIRAC

9:40 - 9:45 

Photo call: Participants will be invited to participate in a group photo

9:45 - 10:45 

Making the Case for IDRL in existing regulatory frameworks:

IFRC: Broad overview of IDRL and the key themes that could add value to Caribbean regulatory frameworks and the Model CDM Bill. (30 mins)

 

CDEMA: Examine how the existing regulatory framework facilitates the Regional Response Mechanism and whether there is room for improvement using IDRL mechanisms. (30 mins)

 

 

Sophie Teyssier

Disaster Law and Legislative Advocacy Coordinator, IFRC Americas

 

Andria Grosvenor

Deputy Executive Director, CDEMA

10:45 - 11:00 

Break

11:00 - 11:45 

Peer to peer exchanges: Success stories

Spanish & English Interpretation available 

 

Panel discussion:

CEPREDENAC – Incorporating IDRL into DRM frameworks in Central America (30 mins)

 

 ODPM (T&T) – Developing a new CDM Policy and Legislation (15 mins)

 

 

Claudia Herrera 

Executive Secretary,  CEPREDENAC 

 

Muhammad Anwar Baksh

Planning and Development Officer, ODPM

11:45 - 12:45 

Simulation Exercise 1: Requesting and accepting international offers of assistance

Participants will be placed into groups to work on a simulation exercise that will examine how their response framework will operate in a particular scenario to facilitate international assistance (30 mins)

 

Feedback in plenary (30 mins)

12:45 - 13:00 

Summary and Reflections

Adrian Alexander

Disaster Law Researcher, IFRC

Day 2: Key Themes in IDRL

9:00 - 9:10 

Welcome and Introduction: Day 2: Summary of Agenda and participant feedback

Adrian Alexander

Disaster Law Researcher, IFRC

9:10 - 9:50 

Requesting and accepting international offers of assistance

IFRC: Closer look at the Guidelines, the Model CDM Bill and the common challenges faced by States in requesting and accepting international offers of assistance

 

IFRC: Bahamas Case Study on Unsolicited Bilateral Donations after Hurricane Dorian

 

Participants note: This session will be particularly relevant to NDO’s, ministries with responsibility for Foreign Affairs and National Security, international donor organisations

Jessie Jordan

Disaster Law Officer, IFRC

9:50 - 10:50 

Legal Facilities for Eligible Humanitarian Actors

IFRC: Closer look at the Guidelines and IDRL Model Act on establishing mechanisms for eligibility for legal facilities for international humanitarian actors and the kinds of legal facilities that should be granted.

 

This session will include findings and recommendations from Caribbean IDRL research studies in the area of legal facilities

 

Participants note: This session will be particularly relevant to NDO’s, ministries responsible for National Security, Customs and Immigration, Finance, international donor organisations

Tania Chambers

IFRC Consultant

10:50 - 11:05 

Break

11:05 am - 12:00 pm

Coordination and preparedness for International Disaster Assistance

CDEMA: Logistics and Relief Management Programme: New strategies in logistics management: overcoming infrastructural and coordination limitations that accompany the influx of goods following a major disaster event. (40 mins)

 

Participants note: This session will be particularly relevant to NDO’s ministries with responsibility for ports, port authorities (air and sea), national security, international donor organisations, customs and immigration, food security and health

Kevon Campbell

Logistics Specialist, CDEMA

12:00 pm - 13:00 pm

Simulation Exercise 2: Legal status of International Assisting Actors

Participants will be placed into groups to work on a simulation exercise that will examine how their response framework will operate in a particular scenario to facilitate international assistance (30 mins)

 

Feedback in plenary (30 mins)

13:00 - 13:10 

Summary and Reflections

Adrian Alexander

Disaster Law Researcher, IFRC

Day 3: Theme: The way forward

9:00 - 9:05 

Welcome and Introduction: Day 3: Summary of Agenda

Adrian Alexander

Disaster Law Researcher, IFRC

9:05 - 10:30 

Regional IDRL Working Group: The way forward

Proposal to create Regional WG to advance the development of Caribbean protocols and regulatory standards for the strengthening of the existing regulatory framework in the area of international humanitarian assistance.

 

Tania Chambers

IFRC Consultant

10:30 - 11:00 

Optimizing the Auxiliary Role of the Red Cross:

IFRC: Taking advantage of the international disaster response mechanism of the RC through strengthening key partnerships and outlining roles and responsibilities pre-disaster

Stacy Cummings

Legislative Advocacy Advisor, IFRC

11:00 - 11:15 

Break

11:15 - 12:00 

Adapting to a Pandemic: Emergency Response during COVID-19

CARPHA: Coordination and cooperation in CDM – What were the lessons learned so far, achievements, challenges and recommendations for the future? (30 mins)

 

 

 

IFRC: Global Synthesis Report on Public Health Emergencies (15 mins)

Dr. Joy St. John,

Executive Director, CARPHA

 

Dr. Lisa Indar,

Director, Surveillance Disease, Prevention and Control, CARPHA

 

Ms. Angela Hinds,

Head of Health Information, Communicable Diseases and Emergency Response

 

Carlon Mendoza

Research Officer, IFRC

12:00 - 12:45

Surviving the Aftermath

Panel discussion: Sharing lessons learned in coordinating and facilitating international disaster relief after Hurricanes Maria, Irma, Dorian and La Soufriere volcanic eruption

 

This panel discussion may include lessons learned in coordination and logistics, early recovery interventions, gender responsive support and addressing the needs of vulnerable populations

Timothy Affonso

IFRC Consultant

 

Terez Curry

President, Bahamas Red Cross Society

 

Panelist (TBD)

 

Panelist (TBD)

12:45 - 13:00 

Next Steps

CDEMA/IFRC

13:00 - 13:15 

Closing Ceremony

Sonia Gill