Strengthening preparedness for emergency response with the Government in Belize
UNICEF humanitarian good practice series
Countries in the Caribbean are vulnerable to natural disasters and climate change. This is no news to children in Belize, a small country that endures a long hurricane season from June to November every year. To help the national actors better protect the lives of children in emergencies, UNICEF collaborated with the Government of Belize to hold a first-of-its-kind emergency preparedness and response workshop in the country in 2018. This workshop paved the way for establishing close working relationships with the government counterparts around preparedness and disaster risk reduction. UNICEF Belize built on this momentum and organized a series of knowledge transfer and capacity development activities, and was able to foster a strong alliance with the Government of Belize based on mutual respect.