Barbados Prime Minister Rt Hon Freundel Stuart signed the CARICOM Arrest Warrant Treaty and the Revised Agreement Establishing the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC), during the second day of the 29th Inter-Sessional Meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government, at the Marriott Hotel, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday.
The CARICOM Arrest Warrant Treaty, already signed by some other CARICOM Member Countries, simplifies the procedure of returning fugitives to the country where charges have been laid. The Revised Agreement Establishing the CXC seeks to update the CXC’s legal structure in light of subsequent organisational practices, recent market developments and current needs, with particular emphasis on accommodating requests from additional territories and institutions to join or otherwise participate in the CXC.
Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Amb. Irwin LaRocque, called on the Community to counteract the threat of crime and violence, when he addressed the opening of the Twenty-Ninth Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government earlier today in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
“As we pool our resources and strategise to combat the damaging effects of climate change, we need to do so as well to counteract another threat to our societies…. I refer to the effects of crime and violence,” he said.
Amb. LaRocque pointed to the toll on societies through loss of lives, injuries and psychological trauma and observed that the greatest impact was on families.
“It is within that circle that the battle against the scourge must begin,” he said.
END OF YEAR MESSAGE
BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY
DR. THE HONOURABLE KEITH MITCHELL
PRIME MINISTER OF GRENADA
There is no doubt that 2017 has been a most eventful year for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). We experienced a scale of multi-country devastation never before seen in the Region as two category five Hurricanes, Irma and Maria, raged through the Caribbean within two weeks.
The Governments and people of our Community immediately responded to assist their brothers and sisters with the generosity and spirit of togetherness which is our trademark. I therefore must pay tribute to those who so willingly extended a helping hand in the hour of need of our brothers and sisters in the stricken countries.
Even before the hurricane season was over, the resilient people that we are, we had begun to rally. We determined that we could use the rebuilding process to become the first climate resilient region in the world. Recognising that we did not have the resources to achieve that goal on our own, we sought the assistance of the international community.
First, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), we organised the CARICOM-UN High Level Pledging Conference, “Building a More Climate-Resilient Community,” which was held in November at the UN Headquarters in New York. It brought together nearly 400 high-level representatives from governments, multilateral and civil society organisations and the private sector, and raised more than US$1.3 billion in pledges and over $1 billion in loans and debt relief.
At their Thirty-Eighth Regular Meeting in St. George’s, Grenada, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government on Thursday signed several Agreements. Please see photographic coverage of the signings.
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