Push for change at individual level towards energy efficiency

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The role of individuals in energy conservation and efficiency across the Region was underscored on Monday during the launch of the Regional Building Energy Efficiency Programme (RBEEP) at the CARICOM Secretariat, Georgetown, Guyana.

Influencing a difference in their outlook and the way that people utilise energy in their own spheres, is one of the key outcomes that the RBEEP hopes to achieve.


The RBEEP is geared at cutting energy use in buildings in the Region while maintaining the quality of energy provided; reducing demand for imported fuel; and stimulating replication in CARICOM.

Speakers at the day-long forum highlighted the importance, not only of changes at the national, policy, administrative and technical levels, but also the critical impact of actions at a personal level.

Energy Conservation Tips
Turn off and unplug all appliances and equipment when not in use; Use lights only when necessary and remember to turn off all switches;  Replace all incandescent bulbs with new CFL or LED bulbs; Always remember to put a lid on the pot when cooking; Fix leaky faucets; Turn off all taps tightly; Minismise the opening and closing of air conditioned rooms; Use natural air conditioning. Build with good ventilation; Remember to save energy by car pooling; Buy energy efficiency appliances
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Caribbean can only ‘build back better’ with international support, urgent climate action – UN, CARICOM Chiefs and Heads of Government

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New York, 21 November 2017 – In view of the urgent needs of Caribbean islands affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the “CARICOM-UN High-level Pledging Conference: Building a more Climate-Resilient Community ” mobilised a broad partnership to support reconstruction efforts, including through over US$1.3 billion in pledges and over $1 billion in loans and debt relief.

Support derived from nearly 400 high-level representatives from governments, multilateral and civil society organizations and the private sector gathered at UN headquarters today with the Secretaries-General of the United Nations and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to help countries to “build back better” as the first climate-resilient countries in the world

Recovery costs surpass $5billion, according to the latest needs estimates. In some cases the impact is 3.5 times countries’ Gross Domestic Product (GDP), for example in the British Virgin Islands.The principal economic sectors of tourism and agriculture have been significantly affected, according to assessments made public during the conference, organized by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) working with sister UN agencies.

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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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Technical Consultation begins ahead of CARICOM-UN High Level Pledging Conference

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The Technical Consultations ahead of the CARICOM-UN High Level Pledging Conference began this morning at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters, New York. CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator, Achim Steiner made opening remarks.

The High Level Pledging Forum will be held 21 November, also at the UN and is aimed at rebuilding the devastated Members as the first climate resilient countries in the world and at helping the wider CARICOM Region improve its resilience given its inherent vulnerability as a Community of SIDS – Small Island and Low-lying Coastal Developing States .


The technical sessions are aimed at providing an overview of the impact of Hurricanes Irma and Maria on the Caribbean; presenting the country recovery needs, priorities and recovery strategy; and giving partners an opportunity for technical level enquiries and inputs.

The head of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) will provide an overview presentation. This will be followed by presentations by Senior Government representatives of the affected countries and territories. Perspectives will be provided by partners, including those who conducted post disaster assessments.