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OECS States Design More Effective Approaches to Disaster Displacement

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Representatives from the Government of Saint Lucia will be attending a hybrid workshop at the Bay Gardens Hotel from 21-22 March 2023, with the ultimate objective of mainstreaming the human security approach in disaster displacement and environmental migration policies in Saint Lucia and the Eastern Caribbean. Participants at the workshop will be working to validate preliminary assessments of the extent to which the human security approach is included in national policies on disaster displacement and environmental migration, and recommendations of ways to achieve greater integration of this people-centred approach. Representatives of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force including the Immigration Department, along with officers in the Ministry of Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs, and the Department of Sustainable Development will join other technical officers from across the region at this important gathering being held virtually and in person in Saint Lucia. Recognizing that climate change is causing increasingly severe weather events, and that we live in a volcanic and seismically active region, participants will also discuss best practices related to the cross-border movement of people affected by disasters in the OECS. These practices consider how complex hazards threaten the survival, livelihood and dignity of community members, particularly those who are...