CARICOM and Commonwealth Secretariats sign agreement to strengthen cooperation

The CARICOM and Commonwealth Secretariats signed a new Memorandum of Understanding to further strengthen cooperation between the two Organisations, at a ceremony at the Pegasus in Georgetown, Guyana, Thursday.

CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and Commonwealth Secretary-General Rt. Hon. Patricia Scotland signed the MOU, which will facilitate joint implementation of programmes and projects while harnessing the experience and resources of the two Organisations.  It will build on areas of interest agreed to in an earlier MOU, signed in 1996. (more…)

CARICOM Secretariat showcases spirit of Community at Career Fair

The CARICOM Secretariat on Friday mounted a booth at the Career Fair hosted by the Lions Club at the Girl Guides’ Pavilion in Georgetown, Guyana. There, staff members showcased the work of the Secretariat and the Community and interacted with the youth who came out in their numbers.

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Health checks for CARICOM staff members during Caribbean Wellness Week

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The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat’s corridors, Conference Room and Staff Lounge were transformed into one-stop mini-health clinics for a week in observance of Caribbean Wellness Day (CWD) 2017. From September 11 – 15 members of staff of the Secretariat staff benefited from medical services and wellness activities at its Georgetown, Guyana, headquarters.

Love That Body: Securing a Future Generation through Eating Healthy and Not Smoking was the theme of this year’s observance.

Health care officials from Guyana’s Ministry of Health, St Joseph Mercy Hospital, Da Silva’s Optical and the Guyana School of Dentistry conducted health checks including; Body Mass Index (BMI) calculation, immunisations, blood pressure, glucose and HIV testing, as well as dental and vision screening.

Fun, interactive games were played to increase awareness of the importance of exercise. Seminars were also held on breast, cervical and prostate cancers; nutrition and exercise. Quite significantly, an Outpatient Clinic, outfitted with two doctors, was set up for staff to discuss health issues. Medication was available from a mini Pharmacy. The Georgetown Chest Clinic visited on Wednesday to brief staff on the latency of Tuberculosis and the importance of getting tested. The week’s activities wrapped up with a Zumba dance exercise activity on Thursday and a games afternoon featuring cricket, football table tennis and scrabble on Friday, September 15.

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs)
Non-communicable diseases (NCDs), also known as chronic diseases, are not passed from person to person and are of long duration and generally of slow progression. The five main types of NCDs are cardiovascular diseases (e.g. heart attacks and stroke), certain cancers, chronic respiratory diseases (e.g. chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma), type 2 diabetes, and mental disorders. (Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases)

Regional cooperation critical in current global environment –UN Permanent Coordinator, Guyana

Representatives of the CARICOM Secretariat and the UN System in the Caribbean in discussion Friday

United Nations (UN) Permanent Coordinator in Guyana, Ms Mikiko Tanaka on Friday underscored the critical importance of regional cooperation amidst fundamental shifts spawned by changes in policies of the US and Britain vis-a-vis the EU.CARICOM_UN10

She expressed this conviction at the onset of discussions between the CARICOM Secretariat and the UN System in the Caribbean on mechanisms for the effective implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Meeting of the Regional Steering Committee of the CARICOM/UN Multi-Country Sustainable Development Framework in the Caribbean was convened on Friday 2 June at the Headquarters of the CARICOM Secretariat.

CARICOM_UN11Even as the CARICOM Secretariat and the UN were leveraging multilateralism to advance the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, both the CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and Ms Tanaka expressed disappointment with the Trump Administration’s announcement of withdrawal from the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

Stating that an appropriate response was needed, Ambassador LaRocque said the parties to the Agreement “have to keep on going,” adding that Small Island Developing States (SIDS) like those of CARICOM were “most challenged by Climate Change.”

Echoing that sentiment, Ms Tanaka said the people of the Caribbean and SIDS countries were among the first to suffer from rising sea levels and extreme weather occurrences. She stated that the Trump administration’s pullout from the Paris Agreement “threatened to reverse strenuous global efforts in recent years to put a brake on climate change.” (more…)