Haiti and The Bahamas move towards deepening bilateral cooperation

PRINCE, Haiti, CMC – Haiti and the Bahamas have agreed to improve trade as well as promote and protect investments in the two Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries.

A joint communique issued late Sunday following talks between President Jovenel Moise and Bahamas Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis noted that the two leaders, who are attending the CARICOM Inter-sessional summit that opens here later on Monday, met at the National Palace “in an atmosphere of cordiality, openness and mutual understanding”.

The communique noted that the discussions were focused on the implementation of the three agreements between the two governments that were signed in Nassau on 29 July 2014.

The agreements covered a framework for bilateral cooperation, trade and technical cooperation in the area of quality control for agricultural products and exportable fisheries and the promotion and protection of investments.

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SIDS must never be denied concessional financing for climate resilience -SG


CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque
CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque

Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has called for the scaling up of climate finance for resilience in the health sector.

He also posited that small vulnerable countries must never be denied access to concessional financing in their quest for resilience against climate change.

These were among the issues he addressed recently, while speaking at the inauguration ceremony for the second term in office of Dr. Carissa Etienne, Director of the Pan American Organisation (PAHO). The ceremony was held 1 February at PAHO Headquarters in Washington D.C.

With Small Island Developing States (SIDS) on the front line, he said: “The WHO has recognised that climate change is one of the greatest threats to human health and the environment, as it affects the social and environmental determinants of health – clean air, safe drinking water, sufficient food and secure shelter.” (more…)

Caribbean felt full brunt of climate change in 2017

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados,  CMC – In 2017, the Caribbean felt the full brunt of climate change with a warning that current trends indicate that there will be no respite.

Within a two-week period, Hurricanes Irma and Maria brought home the reality of the impact of climate change as they churned their way across the Lesser Antilles destroying everything in their paths. Hurricane Harvey had in August set the stage for what was to come; with devastation in Houston, Texas, amounting to nearly US$200billion.

“The unprecedented nature of this climatic event highlights the unusual nature of weather patterns that continue to affect nations across the globe,” the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary General Irwin LaRocque said in a message to United States President Donald Trump, as Harvey made landfall in the United States after whipping up strong winds and heavy rains in the Caribbean.

It took less than a month for his statement to bear fruit. Hurricanes Irma and Maria, two Category 5 storms left so many Caribbean islands devastated in September that the CARICOM Chairman and Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell said “there can be no question that for us in the Caribbean, climate change is an existential threat”. (more…)

CARICOM, Cuba Heads To Meet In Antigua

CARICOM SG Ambassador Irwin LaRocque addressing the Opening Session of the last CARICOM-Cuba Summit in Havana.
FLASHBACK: CARICOM SG Ambassador Irwin LaRocque addressing the Opening Session of the last CARICOM-Cuba Summit in Havana.

Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Republic of Cuba will hold the Sixth CARICOM-Cuba Summit in Antigua and Barbuda on Friday, 8 December, 2017.

The Meeting will be co-chaired by the Chairman of CARICOM, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell of Grenada, and the President of Cuba, Raúl Castro.

This Meeting marks 45 years of diplomatic relations between CARICOM and Cuba, and will examine issues of regional and global importance including climate change adaptation and disaster risk management. A Memorandum of Understanding will be signed between the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and Cuba’s Agency for Civil Defence which will provide opportunities for closer collaboration, especially following the devastating impact of the September 2017 hurricanes across the region, and the increased focus on climate change resilience. (more…)

Region must adapt to the reality of climate change – CARICOM SG

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The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is mobilising resources to support reconstruction of hurricane-ravaged Member States to build back smarter and better, against the existential threat of climate change.

Secretary-General of CARICOM, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, said that intention was in “full knowledge that we are into a new era,” when hurricanes had now become “game changers.”

He was at the time speaking at the opening of Technical Consultations at the CARICOM-UN High Level Pledging Conference, earlier this morning (20 November) at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

The CARICOM-UN High Level Pledging Conference is to mobilise national governments, regional organisations, international development partners, private sector, and civil society to support the construction of what can become the world’s first hurricane-resilient countries.

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