Region must adapt to the reality of climate change – CARICOM SG

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The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is mobilising resources to support reconstruction of hurricane-ravaged Member States to build back smarter and better, against the existential threat of climate change.

Secretary-General of CARICOM, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, said that intention was in “full knowledge that we are into a new era,” when hurricanes had now become “game changers.”

He was at the time speaking at the opening of Technical Consultations at the CARICOM-UN High Level Pledging Conference, earlier this morning (20 November) at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.


The CARICOM-UN High Level Pledging Conference is to mobilise national governments, regional organisations, international development partners, private sector, and civil society to support the construction of what can become the world’s first hurricane-resilient countries.

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CARICOM SG makes case for climate-resilient rebuilding of hurricane-damaged islands

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CARICOM Secretary General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque presenting remarks. Also at the Head Table are UNDP Administrator Mr Achim Steiner (l) and Director of UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean Ms Jessica Faieta.

CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque at the Technical Consultations for the CARICOM-UN High Level Conference at UN Headquarters, New York on Monday:

We must prepare for the next catastrophic hurricane, flood or drought. We must therefore be climate resilient in time for the next event.

The immediate and urgent need is to rebuild those countries that have suffered catastrophic damage from the two hurricanes. We cannot lose sight of the thousands who are homeless, jobless and simply surviving on relief for two months and counting. Rebuilding their lives is a priority.

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Technical Consultation begins ahead of CARICOM-UN High Level Pledging Conference

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The Technical Consultations ahead of the CARICOM-UN High Level Pledging Conference began this morning at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters, New York. CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator, Achim Steiner made opening remarks.

The High Level Pledging Forum will be held 21 November, also at the UN and is aimed at rebuilding the devastated Members as the first climate resilient countries in the world and at helping the wider CARICOM Region improve its resilience given its inherent vulnerability as a Community of SIDS – Small Island and Low-lying Coastal Developing States .


The technical sessions are aimed at providing an overview of the impact of Hurricanes Irma and Maria on the Caribbean; presenting the country recovery needs, priorities and recovery strategy; and giving partners an opportunity for technical level enquiries and inputs.

The head of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) will provide an overview presentation. This will be followed by presentations by Senior Government representatives of the affected countries and territories. Perspectives will be provided by partners, including those who conducted post disaster assessments.

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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