With a population of around 5,000 people on a land area of just 39 square miles, Montserrat is the smallest state in the OECS, and one of three British Overseas Territories covered by the United Nations Multi-Country Office for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean. As a small island developing state, Montserrat is vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and vulnerabilities which are exacerbated by the social and economic legacy of the eruptions of the Soufriere Hills volcano in the late 1990s. With the support of agencies like UNDP, a sustainable framework has been developed to assess the needs in a post disaster context while building a more resilient society.

Landscape of Overseas British Territory Montseratt
Caption: Landscape of Overseas British Territory Montserrat
Photo: © Wikimedia Commons


  1. The capacity of  Government personnel in Post Disaster Needs Assessment was enhanced through partnership with UNDP and other stakeholders. 
  2. During the period 17 December - 20 December 2019, the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonization visited Montserrat to gather first-hand information on the process of granting the territory Independence.
  3. In 2020, the UN System supported the Government of Montserrat's COVID-19 Response through the Human and Economic Assessment of Impact (HEAT) report. The comprehensive assessment, a UNDP, UNICEF and UN Women collaboration is designed to support relief and recover efforts through fiscal, regulatory and social policy proposals and interventions.