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Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan (center) launches the U.S.-Caribbean Resilience Partnership on April 12, 2019 at the U.S. Southern Command Headquarters in Doral, Florida. From left are: Darren Henfield, Foreign Minister of the Bahamas; Dennis Moses, Foreign Minister of Trinidad and Tobago; the Hon. Shawn Richards, Deputy Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis; Adm. Craig S. Faller, Commander, U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM); Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs (WHA) Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Julie Chung; Francine Baron, Foreign Minister of Dominica; Miguel Vargas, Foreign Minister of the Dominican Republic; and Chet Greene, Foreign Minister of Antigua and Barbuda. (Photo Courtesy U.S. Southern Command)

U.S.-Caribbean Resilience Partnership

On April 12, 2019, Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan led an interagency team of United States senior officials and experts to U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) headquarters in Miami, Florida, where he hosted ministers and disaster management officials from 18 Caribbean countries, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency, and the Regional Security System to launch the new “U.S.-Caribbean Resilience Partnership.”

In remarks at the ministerial, the Deputy Secretary said, “The broad range and depth of topics we will address during today’s discussions will build a strong foundation of partnership and collaboration around disaster risk reduction and response. Our task today is to bolster our existing efforts and explore new avenues for cooperation.”

The U.S.-Caribbean Resilience Partnership is a collaborative effort to build regional capacity to confront disaster response and promote resilience. It will strengthen the U.S.-Caribbean relationship and advance our shared interests in achieving greater resilience to natural disasters. The partnership involves a number of initiatives focused on understanding risks and enabling action, building resilient communities, and improving disaster response.

Remarks and Releases: U.S.-Caribbean Resilience Partnership


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