UN Steps up Action to Make Urban Spaces More Climate-Resilient

UNFCCC photo for resilient cities article

UN Climate Change News, 15 February 2018 –  The 9th World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur concluded this week with a call to use the new urban agenda as an accelerator to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and support climate action.

According to the UN, the world’s urban population is expected to grow by 2.5 billion by 2050, with over 90 per cent of this growth to take place in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.

This presents an unprecedented opportunity to re-define urban development, including inventing in livable, low-carbon and resilient cities.

Experts at the meeting recognized the fact that climate change will exacerbate the vulnerability of human settlements to natural and man-made hazards globally. This will especially be the case in developing countries, coastal and delta regions, and Small Island Developing States.

Read more at: United Nations Framework on Convention on Climate Change

IMPACT Justice Model Business Names Registration, Trade Marks Legislation receive final review

Participants at the review

The Canadian Government funded Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) Project hosted a 3-day meeting to review draft Model Business Names Registration and Trade Marks Legislation.

The meeting was held in the Shridath Ramphal Centre for International Trade Law, Policy & Services (SRC), The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, from February 13th to 15th, 2018.

Professor Velma Newton, Regional Project Director of the IMPACT Justice Project, chaired the meeting which was attended by Mrs. Lekeicha Caesar-Toney, Registrar, Corporate Affairs and Intellectual Property Offices (St. Vincent and the Grenadines), Ms. Deborah Beckles, Deputy Registrar, Corporate Affairs and Intellectual Property Offices, (Barbados), Mr. Malcolm Spence, Senior Coordinator, Office of Intellectual Property, Science and Technology Issues of CARICOM, Mrs. Myrtle Brandt, Q.C., legislative drafter (Cayman Islands) and two senior attorneys-at-law, Mrs. Rosalind Smith-Millar, Partner, Clarke Gittens Farmer (Barbados), Mrs. Fiona Hinds, Partner, Carrington and Sealy (Barbados).

The meeting of February 13th – 15th, is the final committee meeting the Project will host to discuss Trade Marks and Business Name legislation as the committee was able to finalize the draft Bills which will be submitted to the Legal Affairs Committee (LAC) of CARICOM for approval as CARICOM Model Bills.

Read more at: St. Lucia News Online

Japan funding to help women in Guyana, Dominica deal with disasters

At the signing ceremony at the Guyana Ministry of Finance Thursday afternoon (Photo via News Room)

The Government of Japan is contributing US$5 million to help rural women in Guyana and Dominica, particularly those engaged in agriculture, withstand the effects of climate change.

At the Ministry of Finance Thursday afternoon, Minister of Finance Winston Jordan signed the project documents with the United Nations Development Programme for the Japan-funded project.

A portion of the US$5 million project will be used in Guyana over the next three years. It is intended to help poor farmers, especially women, to withstand the negative impacts of climate change.

“As such, the project will focus, primarily, on women, whom, perhaps, are the most vulnerable section of the population that is exposed during droughts, floods, hurricanes and other severe weather conditions.

Read more at: News Room

BVI Gov’t prepares for another possible active hurricane season

The British Virgin Islands after Hurricane Irma last year

The Government of the BVI has initiated a plan to get ready for what may be another active season, according to the preliminary predictions released in December 2017.

According to the Department of Disaster Management (DDM), the commencement of the 2018 hurricane season is just about three months away and residents of the BVI are being asked to utilise this off-season to get their homes and businesses repaired and ready.

The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from 1st June to 30th November.

Director of DDM, Sharleen DaBreo while speaking about the ongoing preparations being made said that they have commenced a detailed inspection of the Emergency Shelters that were officially designated in 2017 and they are also looking at other facilities that were used during the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Read more at: BVI Platinum News

Building standards at forefront of UNDP Carnival Band in Dominica

2018 Carnival message

Roseau, Dominica, 15 February, 2018— In keeping with its mandate to support the government’s effort to build back better, following the devastating effects of category 5 Hurricane Maria, the UNDP Dominica Project office capitalised on the large audience at the 2018 Carnival Monday parade as team members promoted Dominica’s building standards with an aptly themed float.

The group, which also comprised engineers from civil society organisation, Engineers Without Borders (EWB), focused specifically on roofing standards with the theme “24 gauge- don’t nail it, screw it!” Sporting shirts with the Dominica flag and UNDP logo, the troupe also included a banner and model roof.

The roof was built to highlight practices on how to build back better says Michael Paddock PE, PS of EWB.

“We built it showing best practices such as the use of 24 gauge galvanize, we spaced out the rafters at the appropriate length of 24 inches and of course we used screws to connect the galvanize to the rafters and purlins as they are best for resisting wind pressure and suction,” he stated.

Read more at: Dominica News Online