In photo (from left) Ms Evelyn Wayne, Director Economic Policy and Development, CARICOM Secretariat; Mr. Richard Sammy, Director, CAB; Mr. Rolf Phillips, Director, CAB; Ms Joanna Charles, Chairperson of CAB Board of Directors; CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque; Ms Mary Popo, General Manager, CAB Secretariat; Mr. Mark Anderson, Director, CAB; and Assistant Secretary-General, Trade and Economic Integration (TEI) Mr. Joseph Cox
Advancing the Regional response to the Zika threat will be among matters engaging Caribbean Community CARICOM Heads of Government at their 27th Inter-Sessional meeting in Placencia, Belize, 16-17 February.
The Heads are also expected to focus on measures to position the Region to benefit from the historic Paris Agreement on Climate Change, including access to climate finance.
The Belize meeting comes a fortnight after the World Health Organisation declared Zika as a ‘public health emergency of international concern’. The suspected Zika link to cases of microcephaly in parts of Latin America, with babies born with underdeveloped brains, has also heightened public concern about the virus. At least five CARICOM Member States have diagnosed cases of the Zika virus. The Caribbean Regional Public Health Agency (CARPHA), which has been providing testing and prevention and control guidance to Member States, is expected to help the Meeting determine the future actions in the Zik-V fight.
The Meeting also gives the CARICOM Heads of Government an opportunity to build on the favourable outcome, from last December’s COP 21 Paris Climate Change conference, for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) which include CARICOM Member States. (more…)