UNDP to sponsor Dorian aid conference at Baha Mar

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is sponsoring a conference at the Baha Mar resort on January 13, 2020, in order to raise money for recovery and reconstruction following Hurricane Dorian.

When asked how much money the UN is expecting to raise, Denise Antonio, the UNDP resident representative for the region, said, “I think rather than saying how much we would get…what we try to do is make sure that we galvanize as many supporters as we can for this.”

She added that the UN is trying “as much as we can to mobilize the resources so that we can actually help The Bahamas to rebuild”.

Dorian ravaged Abaco and Grand Bahama in early September.

The Category 5 storm – the strongest on record to hit The Bahamas – impacted nearly 30,000 people and killed at least 70.

Dorian caused $3.4 billion in damage, according to the Inter-American Development Bank.

Yesterday, during a press conference announcing the event, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis said, “The conference will leverage the resources of domestic and international private sector and corporate groups, who want to partner with the Bahamian people and the government to rebuild affected areas stronger, and with more resilience, especially in light of the global climate emergency.”

“My government has already prepared specific reconstruction delivery plans, which have been cross-referenced with the damage and loss assessment,” Minnis added.

“We have addressed six sectors: housing; the environment and debris clean up; education; health; infrastructure; and the economy. From these reconstruction delivery plans, we have identified and prepared specific project concept notes.

“We are hopeful that the pledging conference will attract donations to address these specific projects.”

The prime minister said the government is “quite urgently” seeking to raise funds “to complement the government’s $10 million already given for home repairs”.

“We have also identified projects to build new government subdivisions, as well as rebuild more resilient schools and government infrastructure,” Minnis said.

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Jasper Ward

Jasper Ward started at The Nassau Guardian in September 2018. Ward covers a wide range of national and social issues. Education: Goldsmiths, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice

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