CARICOM joins in celebrating World Television Day

Youtube COTEDIn recognition of the fact that television has tremendous impact on decision-making, given that it brings attention to issues that are happening worldwide – the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 21 November as World Television Day.

Television is one of the most influential forms of media for communication and information dissemination.  Instead of celebrating the tool itself, its representation, is more meaningful and significant. It is a great influence on public opinions on major issues that surround various topics around the world.

The word “Television” was coined in 1900 and the television itself became widely popular after the end of World War II. With the advancement of technology, more and more people are watching television programmes on their smart phones. Given the diversity of the information that can be viewed on the television, statistics show that the average person spends almost 10 years of their life looking at television. (more…)

CARICOM-UN High Level Pledging Conference begins shortly

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International Development Partners, including countries, agencies, NGOs, prominent personalities, private sector entities and Foundations, are meeting at the United Nations Headquarters today for the CARICOM-UN High Level Conference. They will be joined at the day-long session by CARICOM Heads of Government and the Secretaries-General of CARICOM and the United Nations.

The Conference is aimed at rebuilding the CARICOM Member States that were devastated by the recent hurricanes. The goal is to rebuild as the first climate-resilient countries in the world and to help the wider CARICOM Region improve its resilience, given its inherent vulnerability as a Community of SIDS – Small Island and Low-lying Coastal Developing States.

A technical consultation was held yesterday in New York ahead of the Conference today.

The Conference, which begins at 10:00 am will be live-streamed here on CARICOM Today, on our Facebook Page, as well as on UN Web TV.

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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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CARICOM SG makes case for climate-resilient rebuilding of hurricane-damaged islands

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CARICOM Secretary General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque presenting remarks. Also at the Head Table are UNDP Administrator Mr Achim Steiner (l) and Director of UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean Ms Jessica Faieta.

CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque at the Technical Consultations for the CARICOM-UN High Level Conference at UN Headquarters, New York on Monday:

We must prepare for the next catastrophic hurricane, flood or drought. We must therefore be climate resilient in time for the next event.

The immediate and urgent need is to rebuild those countries that have suffered catastrophic damage from the two hurricanes. We cannot lose sight of the thousands who are homeless, jobless and simply surviving on relief for two months and counting. Rebuilding their lives is a priority.

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