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Estela Aragón, Research Officer, IOM Regional Office for North America, Central America and the Caribbean

Briana Mawby, Lead Researcher, IOM Regional Office for North America, Central America and the Caribbean

Wanya Illes, Senior Technical Officer, Caribbean Community

Clarence Henry, Programme Officer, Regional Integration Unit, Organization of Eastern Caribbean States

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The 29 Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the Caribbean are home to a population of 43 million, including 12.6 million children. In recent years, these children and their families have become among the most vulnerable people in the world to being driven from their homes by drought, storms and flooding – events that are increasing in intensity and occurrence because of climate change and a warming planet.

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The main objective of this two-day technical-level meeting is to discuss and recommend for adoption various documents with a view to formalizing the structure and objectives of the CMC, taking into consideration the outcomes and priorities of the various meetings, workshops, and consultations that have taken place to date. It is envisioned that the documents will be endorsed at a technical-level during the present meeting, to be recommended for formal adoption through a high-level mechanism for policy endorsement to take place in 2020.

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This study, commissioned by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Platform on Disaster Displacement (PDD), responds to a call by governments in Latin America and the Caribbean in the 2014 Brazil Declaration and Plan of Action to assess and provide guidance on the response in those regions to cross-border
displacement in the context of disasters linked to natural hazards and climate change.

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