Region’s UN Representatives prepare for post-hurricanes Pledging Conference

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Permanent Representatives of CARICOM Member States to the United Nations met on Friday with CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and  Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Ms Jessica Faieta, ahead of next Tuesday’s CARICOM-UN High Level Pledging Conference.

The Conference, to be held at UN Headquarters, New York,  will seek to mobilise international support for rebuilding in CARICOM Member States devastated by hurricanes Irma and Maria and to help the wider CARICOM Region improve its resilience.

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Information on the Conference can be found at:  http://resilientcaribbean.caricom.org/

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All set for CARICOM UN High Level Pledging Conference

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CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque (r) and Ms Jessica Faieta, Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) share a photo at the Banner for the CARICOM-UN High Level Pledging Conference to be held at the UN Headquarters, New York on Tuesday 21 November 2017.

The Conference is aimed at rebuilding the CARICOM Members devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria as the first climate resilient countries in the world and at helping the wider CARICOM Region improve its resilience.

Information on the Conference can be found at: CARICOM-UN High Level Pledging Conference 

 

 

Acting Belize PM, Patrick Faber, and Agriculture Minister safe after plane crash in Placencia

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Crash site

Government of Belize Press Office, Belmopan. November 17th, 2017 –  This morning at approximately 8:45 am, Acting Prime Minister Hon. Patrick Faber along with Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development and Immigration Hon. Godwin Hulse were enroute to Punta Gorda Town via a Tropic Air flight.

Upon takeoff from the Placencia Airstrip, the left landing wheel made contact with a passing vehicle that had managed to bypass one of the lowered barriers. The impact caused the Tropic Air vessel to plunge into the sea right off the coast of Placencia not far from the airstrip. A rescue team was sent out and all passengers onboard the plane, including the pilot, were transported safely back to land. Preliminarily, there are no reports of any sustained injuries.

The Government of Belize had said yesterday that Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, had left the country for Houston, Texas, yesterday, November 16, on personal leave. He will return on Tuesday, November 21, 2017.

Free Movement Of Labour – Holness urges greater cooperation within CARICOM

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has said that the threat that climate change poses to Caribbean countries should spur regional leaders to work towards greater cooperation among states across the region.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness addressing the IMF High Level Caribbean Forum yesterday.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness addressing the IMF High Level Caribbean Forum yesterday.

Speaking yesterday at the sixth High Level Caribbean Forum, held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, Holness said that there was a tendency for regional states to focus on the free movement of goods without making a connection with the free movement of labour.

“It becomes a particular concern when viewed against the backdrop of natural disasters. Can you imagine a sustained fallout in our sister islands? How will those economies recover if there is not a mechanism to allow the free movement of labour, even temporarily, to help in the recovery and relief efforts?” Holness questioned.

He said that after the recent impacts of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, many students from some countries in the Eastern Caribbean had to complete their studies in sister Caribbean territories that had not been affected.

“It is this capacity for our respective economies and countries to open our societies, open our schools, that will give us, collectively, the ability to respond to disasters and crises,” he added.

 

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CARICOM, UN Chiefs, Heads of Government call for support to build back better in Caribbean

New York, 15 November 2017 – After two back-to-back category five hurricanes swept across the Caribbean two months ago cutting a swathe of destruction, taking lives and impacting livelihoods, recovery costs are estimated at over US$3billion. In some of the most impacted island states recovery needs are equivalent to over 200 percent of countries’ Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Aiming to mobilise support for affected countries to “build back better” as the first climate-resilient countries in the world, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), will hold the CARICOM-UN High-level Pledging Conference: Building a more Climate-Resilient Community on 21 November at UN Headquarters in New York.

Media Representatives are invited to cover the Conference in its entirety as well as a Press Briefing  on 20 November, at 11am.’

 

DETAILS
What: CARICOM-UN High-level Pledging Conference: Building a more Climate-Resilient Community

When/Where: Tuesday November 21, 9am-5:15pm, ECOSOC Chamber, UN Headquarters, NY
CARICOM-UN Conference Opening Session 9-9:45am:

  • CARICOM Secretary-General, Irwin LaRocque
  • UN Secretary-General, António Guterres
  • President of General Assembly, Miroslav Lajčák
  • Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne
  • Prime Minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit
  • Chairman of CARICOM, Prime Minister of Grenada, Keith Mitchell
  • Moderator: UNDP Administrator, Achim Steiner

What: PRESS BRIEFING  
When: Monday, November 20, 11-11:45 am
Where: UN SG’s Spokesperson Briefing Room (S-237)
Who:

  • Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne
  • Prime Minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit (TBC)
  • UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner
  • Q&A

 

For Media Accreditation at UN headquarters in New York: http://www.un.org/en/media/accreditation/
For full agenda please go to    http://resilientcaribbean.caricom.org
Live webcast:    https://webtv.un.org;   http://caricom.org/ ; http://today.caricom.org/