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Agreement Establishing The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency

Common Name: CDEMA


CDEMA shall have the following objectives, mobilising and coordinating disaster relief; mitigating or eliminating , as far as practicable, the immediate consequences of disasters in Participating States; providing immediate and coordinated response by means of emergency disaster relief to any affected Participating State; securing , coordinating and providing to interested inter-governmental and non-governmental organisation reliable and comprehensive information on disasters affecting any Participating State ; encouraging the adoption of disaster loss reduction and mitigation policies and practices at the national and regional level; encouraging cooperative arrangements and mechanism to facilitate the development of a culture of disaster loss reduction; and coordinating the establishment, enhancement and maintenance of adequate emergency disaster response capabilities among the Participating States.

Date opened for Signature: 2008/07/1

Date of ratification

The Bahamas (17 October 2008) Jamaica(8 December 2010) St. Vincent and the Grenadines (13 October 2008) Trinidad and Tobago (15 March 2010)

Entry into Force:

Article XXXVIII - This Agreement shall enter into force when Instruments of Ratification have been deposited by at least seven of the States listed in the Annex. Article XLIII - Provisional Application Seven or more of the Participating States listed in the Annex to this Agreement may, upon signature, or at any later date before this Agreement enters into force, declare their intention to apply it provisionally. Agreement entered into force on 4 July 2008.