UPDATE: Ensure average person benefits from progress in energy – COTED Chair

Regional Ministers of Energy on Thursday met at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat and were charged to ensure that the progress that the sector is registering is felt by the average Caribbean person.

Barbados Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister, Senator the Hon. Darcy Boyce chaired the one-day 73rd Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) on Energy, and expressed satisfaction with the progress the Region was making on the energy front.

However, he cautioned that the benefits of those efforts that are being taken filter to the average Caribbean person.

“We also have to make ensure that the benefits of the work that we are doing in energy efficiency and renewable energy redound to the benefit of the average consumer, in the homes, in the businesses of our countries”, he said.

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Region advancing protocol on Climate Change, Disaster Risk Management in Fisheries

BELIZE CITY, BELIZE, THURSDAY, 19 April 2018 (CRFM)—Fisheries officials from Member States of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) met on 18 April, 2018, at the Montserrat Cultural Centre. The meeting was held to review and validate the Draft Protocol to Integrate Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management in Fisheries and Aquaculture into the Caribbean Community Common Fisheries Policy.

Experts from non-government stakeholders in fisheries/aquaculture, climate change and disaster risk management attended the one-day meeting. They include the Caribbean Network of Fisherfolk Organisations (CNFO), and regional and international organisations such as the Caribbean Community Climate Change Center (CCCCC) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

The CRFM—the CARICOM agency which works to promote sustainable development of the fisheries and aquaculture sector—is a regional partner on the Climate Change Adaptation in the Eastern Caribbean Fisheries Sector (CC4FISH) Project, funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF); and implemented by FAO. It is under this umbrella that the new initiative is being implemented for the benefit of the CARICOM States. (more…)

Fascinating, sophisticated displays at The Bishops’ High School CARICOM Project event

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The Bishops’ High School in Georgetown, Guyana, hosted its annual 9th Grade (3rd Form) CARICOM Project at the school on Friday, 13 April, 2018.

This year’s activity was observed under the theme, ‘Climate: Resilience and Mitigation – Safeguarding Our Physical and Cultural Integrity’

Two CARICOM Member States – Dominica, and Haiti – were featured this year. The other country featured was Puerto Rico.

Form 3B, which presented on Dominica, won the overall competition with a notably brilliant stage performance which captured the history, geography, culture, climate change effects and mitigation efforts through assistance from CARICOM Member States, Institutions, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and other stakeholders.

CARICOM Secretariat staff members, Ms. Tusankine English, Ms. Sandra Barker and Ms. Shunae Samuels were judges for the day-long activity

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Need for climate change financing in SIDS highlighted at CHOGM 2018

RT. Hon. Andrew Holness, Prime Minister of Jamaica, this morning used the international platform of the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to reinforce the need for financing for Small Island and Developing States (SIDS) given the existential threats climate change poses for these countries.

The Jamaican Prime Minister was speaking at the Combined Forum hosted at the Queen Elizabeth Centre, London, United Kingdom (UK).

“The issue of climate change is not a philosophical one, we don’t have time in defending the credibility of whether or not it is real or fake. It is an existential threat, in the real sense of SIDS such as those in the Caribbean and the Pacific,” he pointed out.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Special Meeting of COTED on Energy

The 73rd Special Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) (Energy) will be held at the  Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat on Thursday, 19 April, 2018.

The meeting will be chaired by Senator, the Hon. Darcy Boyce, Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister of Barbados.

Representatives of the Media are invited to cover the following:

EVENT: Opening Ceremony, 73rd Special Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) (Energy)

DATE: 19 April, 2018

Time: 10 o’clock

VENUE: CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana

Kindly make every effort to be present by at least 15 minutes before the start of the ceremony for timely coverage of the event.