Secretariat hosts Netherlands delegation – cooperation the main focus of discussion

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Assistant Secretary-General, Foreign and Community Relations, Ambassador Colin Granderson (right) welcomes H.E. Jules Bijl, Ambassador of the Netherlands to Trinidad and Tobago.

A delegation from the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations of the Netherlands paid a courtesy visit to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat on Monday, 27 March 2017 to discuss, inter alia, developing a broader view of areas for cooperation within the Caribbean Region.

The delegation which comprised  H.E. Jules Bijl, Ambassador of the Netherlands to Trinidad and Tobago;  Mr. Erwin Arkenbout, Director of Kingdom Relations, Ministry of  the Interior and Kingdom Relations; and  Ms. Mijke van Goozen, Programme Leader, Regional Cooperation, Ministry of  the Interior and Kingdom Relations held discussions with Ambassador Colin Granderson, Assistant Secretary-General, Foreign and Community Relations of the CARICOM Secretariat.

Accompanying Ambassador Granderson were Ms. Sandy Griffith, Senior Project Officer, Resource Mobilisation and Technical Assistance Unit and Ms. Valique Gomes, Senior Project Officer, Foreign and Community Relations.

CARPHA Conference to Examine Climate Change and the Risks to Human Health



The Caribbean region made up of small island nations, is one of the most vulnerable to the negative impacts of climate change.  In recent years, the Region has experienced more frequent and intense storms and hurricanes, increases in mosquito-borne diseases, rises in sea level, prolonged periods of drought which pose a significant threat to human health.

Implications of rising sea levels, impact of climate change on food security and health, as well as tobacco use among Caribbean youth, transgendered health, obesity, cardiovascular diseases, and Zika are among the public health issues that will be addressed at the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) Annual Health Research Conference this year.

The Conference, now in its 62nd year, will be held at the Guyana Marriott Hotel.  At a media conference held recently at the Cara Lodge Hotels, Executive Director, CARPHA, Dr C. James Hospedales, said under the theme Climate Change, the Environment and Human Health, the conference will feature an Expert Panel on Climate Change and Health. This meeting is expected to deliver a roadmap for how the Region should tackle issues related to climate and health.  (more…)