Regional statisticians identify 113 core Indicators for SDGs

Ms. Prayma Carrette
Ms. Prayma Carrette

Regional statisticians have listed an initial 113 core Indicators of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

The statisticians identified the core Indicators during a three-day meeting held in Dominica late last month at which a CARICOM Technical Working Group (TWG) on SDGs was established.

The criteria for the CARICOM recommended core Indicators include linkages to the CARICOM Five-Year Strategic Plan, as well as national development plans and priorities of Member States. In addition, the Indicators must be able to aid in monitoring the diverse population groups in CARICOM on the key challenge of the SDGs to leave no one behind. The Indicators also should reflect the unique vulnerabilities of CARICOM Member States as Small Island Developing States (SIDS ), and have the scope for national, regional and international comparability.

A second set of 35 Indicators was also identified.

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Border security professional exchange launched in Barbados

 

(Photo via US Embassy in Barbados)
(Photo via US Embassy in Barbados)

PRESS RELEASE – United States Customs and Border Protection hosted a Border Security Professional Exchange with CARICOM Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) member states and regional partners focused on issues of mutual concern related to border management throughout the Caribbean.

The three-day exchange was funded by the United States Department of State under the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative.

The exchange was designed to increase collaboration between international partners and the United States government on border security. Subject matter experts led robust and productive discussions on topics such as foreign terrorist fighters, border security, migration trends, and countering criminal networks.

Participants included leaders working in customs, immigration, and police operations, as well as permanent secretaries from the following CARICOM member states: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago. Additional participants included border security professionals from the Dominican Republic, Panama, and the United States; as well as the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and those two nations’ respective overseas territories.

Read more at: St. Lucia News Online

Region moves to develop core indicators for 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

 

Dr. Philomen Harrison, Director, Regional Statistics, CARICOM Secretariat
Dr. Philomen Harrison, Director, Regional Statistics, CARICOM Secretariat

Regional statisticians began meeting in Roseau, Dominica, on Monday to develop core indicators as the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) moves towards fulfilling the requirements of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

At a Technical Workshop on the Indicator Framework for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, statisticians will craft robust recommendations on the core indicators for further review towards approval by the Standing Committee of Caribbean Statisticians (SCCS) and ultimately to the organs of the Community for endorsement.

The meeting will also develop a Technical Working Group (TWG), procedures for its operation/functioning, and also make recommendations on its work programme and on the way forward. Member States have been keen on establishing the TWG and 10 have already volunteered to participate.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Dr. Philomen Harrison, Director, Regional Statistics at the CARICOM Secretariat, pointed out that the SDGs “will be it us for a long time, and therefore the development of this TWG and its work” were critical and timely. The SIDS framework SAMOA Pathway must also be taken on board, she said.   (more…)

TT President says Region should replace Privy Council

CCJ Headquarters, Trinidad and Tobago
CCJ Headquarters, Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago President, Anthony Carmona, has expressed frustration that his country and other CARICOM states have not replaced the Privy Council with the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as their final authority in legal matters.

Though 12 of the 15 CARICOM territories have signed the agreement establishing the CCJ, which was launched in 2005 as the final arbiter in legal disputes among and within regional members, only Barbados, Guyana, Dominica and Belize have accepted this court as the end decision-maker.

Carmona, who served as a High Court Judge before being appointed as President in 2013, expressed his frustration during a presentation on Thursday to University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, undergraduate organisation, ‘Students Today Alumni Tomorrow’.

“Why have we yet, not all, subscribed to the jurisdiction of the Caribbean Court of Justice?” he asked in the Henry Fraser Lecture Theatre while delivering a presentation on, ‘Redefining Caribbean Pride for the 21st Century Youth’.

Read more at: Barbados Today

In emotional service, Jesuits and Georgetown repent for slave trading

“We express our solemn contrition for our participation in slavery, and the benefit our institution received. We cannot hide from this truth, bury this truth, ignore this truth. Slavery remains the original evil in our republic, an evil that our university was complicit in.” – President, Georgetown University, John DeGioia
(CNN) There is wide gulf, Frederick Douglass wrote in 1845, between Christianity proper and the “slaveholding religion of this land.” One is “good, pure and holy,” the other corrupt and wicked, the “climax of all misnomers, the boldest of all frauds.”

“We have men-stealers for ministers, women-whippers for missionaries and cradle-plunderers for church members,” Douglass wrote in “Life of an American Slave.”

For Douglass, as for other African-Americans, the sin of slavery was intolerable; the complicity of Christians unforgivable.

On both counts, the Jesuit order, one of the Catholic Church’s most powerful group of priests, (Pope Francis is a member) was guilty. In the United States and elsewhere, the Society of Jesus owned and sold slaves.

 

Read more at: CNN