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SECURING OUR COMMUNITY WITHIN THE ERA OF COVID-19 AND BEYOND

VIRTUAL SECURITY CONFERENCE 2020

Monday 27th July – Friday 31st July

Dr. the Honourable Ralph Gonsalves

Prime Minister, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Chair of The Caribbean Community (CARICOM)

A conversation with CARICOM Leaders on COVID-19 Response and the way forward

Dr. The Rt. Honourable Keith Mitchell

Prime Minister, Grenada and Chair of The Council for National Security and Law Enforcement (CONSLE)

A conversation with CARICOM Leaders on COVID-19 Response and the way forward

The Honourable Mia Amor Mottley

Prime Minister, Barbados and Chair, Regional Security System (RSS)

A conversation with CARICOM Leaders on COVID-19 Response and the way forward

The Rt. Honourable Allen Chastanet

Prime Minister, Saint Lucia

Climate Change and Security-Building Resilience in Small Island Developing States (SIDS)

Mr. Jürgen Stock Secretary General

International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL)

Policing In The Time of a Pandemic – Lessons Learnt

Dr. Gale Rigobert

Minister of Education Saint Lucia

Crisis and Gender Based Violence

Mr. Timothy N. J. Antoine Governor

Eastern Caribbean Central Bank

Enhancing Cyber Resilience In The Age of COVID-19

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COVID 19: Securing Our Caribbean Community Within The Era Of Covid-19 and Beyond

BACKGROUND

From 27 – 31 July 2020, CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) will host the first ever Virtual Security Conference in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), under the heading of ‘Securing Our Caribbean Community Within The Era Of Covid-19 and Beyond’.

The crisis presented by coronavirus (COVID-19) is unprecedented in CARICOM. In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Governments across the Region imposed several measures, including social distancing, restrictions, border closures and suspension of non-essential services to prevent the spread of the pandemic. In support of these measures, law enforcement and security officials played a crucial role to prevent and control the spread of the virus, while at the same time managing and operating within the changing multi-dimensional security environment.

In an effort to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted the security environment and the operations of law enforcement and security officials, as well as to identify best practices that can be applied to similar situations in the future; CARICOM IMPACS will bring together a network of practitioners, security experts, government officials, academics, private sector representatives and civil society officials to discuss the challenges, impact and implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Security of our Region. The Virtual Conference will address the following thematic areas such as:

  • Peace, Security & Development – A Roadmap For The Future In The Context of COVID-19;
  • Criminality & Organised Crime During COVID-19: Present and Future Trends;
  • Policing In The Time of a Pandemic- Lessons Learnt;
  • Enhancing Cyber Security In The Age of COVID-19;
  • COVID-19 & the Future of Borders;
  • Crisis and Gender Based Violence;
  • Climate Change and Security- Building Resilience in Small Island Developing States (SIDS)
  • Impact and Implications of COVID-19 on Prisons and Correctional Services; and
  • Maritime Security and the Blue Economy

Conference Objectives

The CARICOM Virtual Security Conference will gather leading representatives from government, regional and international agencies, academia, private sector and civil society organisations to discuss the impact and implications of COVID 19 and measures to respond.

Specifically, the Virtual Security Conference will:

  • Consider how COVID-19 is shaping the security landscape today and in the future;
  • Identify how COVID-19 has impacted criminality and organized crime and the implications for the future;
  • Facilitate constructive exchange of information, best practices and lessons identified during the COVID-19 outbreak, so that states can strengthen their abilities to continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and prepare and response to future pandemics;
  • Assess and evaluate the threats and opportunities created by the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Explore how the pandemic impacted law enforcement and security officials roles, responsibilities and standard operating procedures, resilience and food security among other issues;
  • Provide a consultative forum for discussion between leading practitioners and representatives from the government, regional and international agencies, academia, private sector and civil society. This is especially important when speaking of Border Security and border movements post pandemic.

Conference OUTCOME

The Virtual Conference will serve as source material for the development of a “Lessons Learnt and Guidance Document for Preparing for and Responding to Threats such as Pandemics and other crises”.