CARICOM Foreign Ministers meet in New York

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CARICOM Foreign Ministers and the Secretary-General at the last meeting of the COFCOR in May 2017

CARICOM’s response to the increasing number of HIV/AIDS infections regionally is among  matters prioritised for discussions among Foreign Ministers on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly.

The 10th Special Meeting of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Council for Foreign and Community Relations began today, 22 September 2017, in New York, USA.

Foreign Ministers are also discussing the scaling down of MINUSTAH (the United Nations Stabilisation Mission in Haiti), as well as the UN response to the cholera epidemic there. The Sustainable Development goals, especially the regional priorities for climate change, are also on the agenda. (more…)

CariWaC ADVANCES – First Ladies/Spouses Network formally launched

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H.E. Ms. Kim Simplis Barrow addresses the opening of the launch

First Ladies and Spouses of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) launched  its network,” Spouses of Caribbean Leaders Action Network (SCLAN)” to tackle issues related to the health and well being  of women, adolescents and children in the Caribbean. SCLAN is the advocacy and action platform to advance the Every Caribbean Women Every Caribbean Child (ECWECC) initiative, now re-titled Caribbean Woman Caribbean Child (CariWaC)”

H.E. Ms. Kim Simplis Barrow, Spouse of the Prime Minister of Belize and Special Envoy for Women and Children in Belize, was elected as the first Chair of the Network, while H.E. Ms. Sandra Granger, First Lady of Guyana, was elected its Vice Chair. Other members of the executive body are: Her Excellencies, Ms. Reema Carmona (Trinidad and Tobago); Ms. Martine Moise (Haiti); and the Most Honorable, Juliet Holness (Jamaica).  Also at the Launch were: Her Excellences, Ms. Maria Browne (Antigua & Barbuda) and Sybilene Patricia Minnis (The Bahamas).

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Members of the Spouses of Caribbean Leaders Action Network (SCLAN) at the launch

SCLAN will champion the CariWaC Initiative which has identified four major pillars for action:  reducing gender-based violence, reducing adolescent pregnancy, eliminating cervical cancer, eliminating mother to child transmission of HIV and congenital syphilis. While focusing on these four areas, SCLAN will allow the flexibility for First Ladies and Spouses to focus on other areas of national concern and priorities. (more…)

Guyana Minister stresses need for high-quality broadcasting content in Region

MINISTER of Public Telecommunications, (Guyana), Catherine Hughes, has emphasised the need for consistency in the production of good-quality broadcasting content even as she called on the Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU) to critically assess where the industry is heading and assist the Region to chart a course towards reaping the economic benefits of its creativity.

Minister Hughes was at the time delivering the feature address at the CBU’s Annual General Assembly (AGM) which convened this week in Nassau, Bahamas. According to a release, top executives and other personnel of more than 22 media companies in the Caribbean are currently in Nassau participating in the event being held at the British Colonial Hilton Hotel, under the theme, ‘Digital Developments in Caribbean Media.’ It commenced on Monday and will conclude on Thursday.

Minister Hughes delivered the feature address on the theme, and she emphasised the need for consistent production of good-quality content by broadcasters.

“As we transition from analogue to digital in all spheres, technology will drive more than content. It will drive competition, It will drive convergence, and context, it will drive communication, which channels are used and how we will all benefit collectively and commercially,” Minister Hughes said.

Prime Minister of The Commonwealth of the Bahamas, Dr Hubert Minnis, third from left and Minister Cathy Hughes (back row, third from left) with other officials at the CBU’s Annual General Meeting (Photo via Guyana Chronicle)
Prime Minister of The Commonwealth of the Bahamas, Dr Hubert Minnis, front row, third from left, and Minister Catherine Hughes (back row, third from left) with other officials at the CBU’s Annual General Assembly (Photo via Guyana Chronicle)

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