United Nations Development Programme

  Trinidad and Tobago


Crisis Prevention, Recovery and Risk Reduction


Tropical Storm Tomas. Photo: Stacey Syne


A total of 189 world leaders met during the UN Millennium Summit in 2000 and adopted the UN Millennium Declaration (A/RES/55/2). Under “Protecting our common environment” the declaration "adopt in all our environmental action a new ethic of conservation and stewardship and, as first steps, resolves...to intensify cooperation to reduce the number and effects of natural and man-made disasters” (International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction).



Local Initiatives 


The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management


With rapid economic growth and urbanization in Trinidad and Tobago, the need for a coordinated approach to Crisis Prevention, Recovery and Risk Reduction is vital. UNDP  supported the establishment of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) and the first communication programme used to foster public understanding and awareness in the scope of hazards that are specific to Trinidad and Tobago.


UNDP based on the comparative advantage of presence and trained human resources in these countries as well as their involvement in public policy at different levels in the region, supports the creation and development of strategies, which strengthen the national and regional capacities to mainstream risk management into development.


  Regional Initiatives   

In 2009, the UNDP Offices in the Caribbean region decided to prepare a Regional Human Development Report (RHDR) on Citizen Security for the Caribbean. The reason for this decision was that crime and violence represent some of the biggest challenges facing Trinidad and Tobago, and the Caribbean.

The Caribbean Human Development Report (CHDR) was launched in February 2012 in Trinidad and Tobago with several preceding meetings, reviews and a poster competition. Present were the Honourable Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Ms. Helen Clark, Under-Secretary General of the United Nations and UNDP Administrator and Mr. Heraldo Munoz, Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations and Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean.

The 2012 CHDR is intended to lead to actions consistent with the perceptions that there is a need for comprehensive reform of the police and justice services, and a shift to citizen security from the traditional concept of state security is necessary. It states that such a shift requires the formulations of a new strategy, an effective programme design as well as institutional strengthening and a re-allocation of public resources that recognise the new priorities. Future efforts should focus on juvenile justice reform, responses to domestic violence, new mechanisms for the participation of citizens in governance, a response to corruption, and strong advocacy for citizen security policy. One of the most important lessons from this report is that in a truly democratic society, broad based social inclusion and swift criminal justice, or "revention and coercion" serve to reinforce and complement each other.

For more information on the report, please see: http://www.undp.org.tt/CHDR/index.html

The Caribbean Risk Management Initiative

The Caribbean Risk Management Initiative (CRMI) was launched by the UNDP’s Bureau of Crisis Prevention and Recovery (BCPR) and Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean (RBLAC) in 2004 as an umbrella programme designed to build capacity across the Caribbean region for the management of climate-related risk.

As part of the UNDP strategy for knowledge management, the CRMI provides a platform for coordinating and sharing knowledge and experiences on risk management throughout the Caribbean, across language groups and cultures. Our premise is that the most sustainable way forward involves finding and sharing the lessons learned here in the region.

A decisive step forward in putting disaster risk reduction on the international agenda is the Hyogo Framework of Action, approved in January 2005 as an outcome of the World Conference on Disaster Reduction. UNDP supported the drafting of this framework, which entails increasing the resilience of nations and communities in the face of disasters.

UNDP’s crisis prevention, reduction and risk management portfolio in Trinidad and Tobago is concentrated in the following areas:



UNDP Project Title: Disaster Risk Reduction in Vulnerable Communities

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Status: Ongoing

Location: Trinidad and Tobago

Implementing Partner:  Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management

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$US 10,000

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Brief Description: With rapid economic growth and urbanization in Trinidad and Tobago, coupled with the replacement of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) with the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) it became necessary to revise the public education programme on disaster preparedness and management in Trinidad and Tobago.  As a result, the objective of this project is to develop a comprehensive public education tool, which will be used to foster public understanding and awareness in two areas: 

1) enhanced understanding of the role and function of the ODPM, and

2) greater awareness of the scope of hazards that are specific to each of the islands of the nation state of Trinidad and Tobago.   

The project will be implemented by the ODPM and will yield as outputs two specific DVD’s which will present user-relevant educational content prepared in a situational context for maximum public education impact.

Project Document and Information (to be uploaded shortly)



Ms Rosemary Lall

Programme Officer

Email: rosemary.lall@undp.org