The 2015 South-South Awards, the world’s foremost global development event, will feature some of the most celebrated Hollywood actors, including Oscar winners Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas and Forest Whitaker, who will be lending their voices to honor the achievements of the global South and celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations and its adoption of the new universal development framework known as the Post-2015 Development Agenda.Film legend and Co-founder of the internationally renowned Tribeca Film Festival, Robert De Niro, will kick off the awards ceremony with a special video message. UN Messenger of Peace, Michael Douglas, will honor the UN as its turns 70 with a personal message, while actor and producer Forest Whitaker is set to present the Humanitarian Achievement Award to philanthropist William “Bill” F. Austin, founder of Starkey Hearing Foundation, at the gala event, set to take place for a live global audience on September 26th at the iconic Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City.“The gift of hearing can change a life in an instant, and helps empower people to learn, get jobs and connect to their families and communities in ways they never thought possible. I have partnered with Starkey Hearing Foundation in the field, and seeing someone hear for the first time is an incredible experience that I will never forget. Bill Austin is committed to changing the world one person at a time, and I am excited to honor his efforts at the 2015 South-South Awards,” said Mr. Whitaker.Paul Shaffer, who is to be honored with the Cultural Achievement Award, will bring his sparkle and inimitable spirit as the musical director from the Late Show with David Letterman, while the electrifying percussionist Sheila E. will be performing with her father, Pete Escovedo, to light up the stage with rhythm and soul, joining dynamic performers from the global South.The South-South Steering Committee for Sustainable Development, key host of the prestigious red-carpet gala, is excited to welcome A-list celebrities, heads of State and Government, top UN officials, international business executives, civil society leaders, philanthropists and academics under one roof in 2015, the year of global action on sustainable development. “We have brought in some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry, including Ray Chew, music producer for ‘Dancing with the Stars’ and eight-time Emmy nominee, John Macs, who are among the most respected and creative minds in the field, to help raise the relevance of the Awards,” said Art Arellanes, the Executive Producer of the 2015 South-South Awards.Now in its fifth year, the South-South Awards honors distinguished countries, individuals and organizations that embody transformative sustainable development worldwide; particularly in the areas of poverty reduction, education advancement and humanitarian impact. It is a celebration of multilateral partnerships concerned with uplifting the world’s most vulnerable populations.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 19 Feb 2016 – The Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies (DDME) in collaboration with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) will be hosting an Exercise Design Training Workshop from Monday 22nd February – Friday 26th February 2016, at the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies Office, Customs Complex 1316 Providenciales, beginning at 8:30am to 5:00pm daily.The main goal of the Exercise Design Training Workshop is to introduce participants to a standardized approach to Exercise Planning, conducting and evaluating of the various types of simulation exercises and drills.Specifically, the workshop objectives are:To enhance the capacity of Participants to function in the roles of Simulators, Controllers and EvaluatorsTo strengthen the capacity of participants to conduct Briefings and De-Briefing before, during and after an exerciseTo improve the ability of Participants to develop, conduct and evaluate simulation exercisesThis Exercise Design Training Workshop is another activity used by CDEMA to provide its eighteen (18) Participating States with a standardized approach to achieving national objectives. According to Dr. Virginia Clerveaux, Director of DDME, “This training is timely given the recent passage of the Disaster Bill 2015, which requires the regular testing of plans, procedures and protocols. Additionally, this training will provide key stakeholders with the requisite skills and knowledge to undertake various types of exercises to ensure that the various plans in-house are current and applicable to the local context.”CDEMA has embarked on a “Standardization” approach in all its training, planning and operations which serves to maximize the regions’ small resources and enhance the Regional Response Mechanism. This would allow technical personnel from different Caribbean States to be deployed across the region and provide operational response support in times of disaster. Therefore, participants attending this training will be Operational level personnel and Heads of Department from the following agencies; TCIAA, RTCIPF, DDME, TSART, Fire and Rescue, Ministry of Health and District Commissioners, who are involved in the planning, execution and evaluation of simulation exercises designed to test the operational effectiveness of the Turks and Caicos Islands Emergency Management Plans and Procedures.At the end of this training, the Turks and Caicos Islands will have a team of exercise planners who will be able to effectively develop, execute and evaluate exercises to test the various disaster plans and procedures in the Turks and Caicos Islands.The facilitator for this training will be General Earl Arthurs (Caribbean Disaster Management Specialist). Recommended for you Related Items:CDEMA, DDME, Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies, District Commissioners, Fire and Rescue, general earl arthurs, ministry of health, RTCIPF, Tciaa, TSART BPL first assessment done, Abaco restoration bill to top $20 million and rebound may take months TCI: More active Hurricane Season predicted and DDME gives thorough update on its readiness Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Turks and Caicos is first to add Disaster Management to the Tourism portfolio