CYA Workshop in Photos!

CARICOM Youth Ambassadors from 13 CARICOM Member States and Associate Member visited Guyana  last week for an Orientation and Capacity Building Workshop. The event was held at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana. See photo highlights from the workshop below:


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SG LaRocque condemns London attacks

SG serious with standard in background July 2016

Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, has condemned the attacks in London and has pledged solidarity with the people of the United kingdom.

Please see his full statement on the issue below:


The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) condemns unequivocally the murderous attacks on innocent people in London last Saturday night. These callous and cowardly acts can further no cause and only serve to stiffen resolve in the fight against the purveyors of terror.

The Community stands in solidarity with the people of the United Kingdom whose resilience in the face of adversity is well-chronicled.

CARICOM extends its deep sympathy to the families of the deceased and to the Government and people of the United Kingdom and wishes the injured a full and speedy recovery.

CARICOM SG engages in frank discussion with Youth Ambassadors

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Secretary General of the Caribbean Community Ambassador Irwin LaRocque met with CARICOM Youth Ambassadors on Monday during an orientation and capacity building workshop being hosted at the CARICOM Secretariat June 5-8,2017. Among the issues ventilated by the CYAs were policies in relation to the importation of GMOs in the Region, more national support for youth initiatives and capacity building for the youth.

The Secretary General also made a brief statement where he told the youngsters that their advocacy was important in the integration movement.  According to SG LaRocque integration was not just the Secretariat’s path but a path for everyone. He said integration was a journey that was never finished.

It is not a sprint but a marathon. We are here for the long run!

CARICOM ASG highlights progress in Youth Development

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Assistant Secretary General, Human and Social Development at the CARICOM Secretariat Dr, Douglas Slater, has highlighted a number of areas where progress has been made in youth development in the Region. Dr. Slater was speaking at the opening ceremony of a CARICOM Youth Ambassadors Orientation and Capacity Building Workshop. The event is being held at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana and will conclude on Thursday 8 June, 2017.

One achievement outlined by Dr. Slater  was that a CARICOM Youth Development Action Plan was developed and endorsed by Youth Ministers at the Council for Human and Social Development in 2012. He said the plan has six (6) CARICOM Youth Development Goals as its centerpiece. He also noted that 13 of the CARICOM Member States and Associate Members now have updated National Youth Policies and that 17 CARICOM States participated in the CARICOM Youth Ambassadors Programme. Additionally he pointed out that 13 countries have established National Youth Councils or National Youth Parliaments. He said another development was the establishment of the Caribbean Regional Youth Council (CRYC) by the Commonwealth Youth Programme which has increased the regional representation and involvement of youth. (more…)

The destiny of the planet is in our hands…We must lead – CARICOM SG on World Environment Day

SG LaRocque addresses the artists
Secretary General of the Caribbean Community Ambassador Irwin LaRocque



Secretary General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)  Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has charged the Region to lead in ensuring the destiny of the planet. His charge came in a statement to commemorate World Environment Day today, Monday 5 June 2017.

See below the statement from the CARICOM SG:

On the occasion of World Environment Day, the Caribbean Community would like to remind the Region that environmental stewardship is the responsibility of everyone.

We support this year’s theme, “Connecting People to Nature”, which calls upon us to have a greater appreciation of the beauty of nature and the crucial role humanity plays in protecting fragile natural resources.

The Caribbean is blessed with an abundance of natural resources, from the pristine islands of The Bahamas to the dense jungles of Suriname, from the vibrant coral reefs of Belize to the energy-rich volcanic island of Montserrat.  The resources harvested from our lands and from the Caribbean Sea have sustained our people for thousands of years.  Our ancestors did so sustainably, taking only what they needed and storing for those leaner days. (more…)