UN SG lauds CARICOM leadership on global issues

 

IN STEP: Secretaries-General of CARICOM (R) Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and the UN, H.E. António Guterres (L)
IN STEP: Secretaries-General of CARICOM (R) Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and the UN, H.E. António Guterres (L)

As the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and United Nations (UN) meet in New York, USA, to discuss how the international body can better support the Region’s strategic goals, UN Secretary-General, His Excellency António Guterres, has lauded CARICOM’s leadership on many pressing global issues.

Speaking at the opening of the 9th Biennial CARICOM-UN General Meeting in New York on Thursday, 20 July, the UN SG said:

“This year marks the 25th anniversary of the decision by the General Assembly to grant the Caribbean Community observer status. Since then, we have worked productively together and, today, our organisations are both undergoing processes of review and strategic planning to better face the challenges of a changing international reality. We are grateful to have benefited from your leadership on many pressing global issues.”


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CARICOM, UN to strengthen cooperation at New York meeting

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CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque

Cooperation between the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the United Nations (UN) System will be further strengthened around several issues including climate change, security, human development, health and education at the Ninth CARICOM-United Nations General Meeting this week.

The two-day meeting begins 20 July 2017 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. It is happening against the backdrop of a changing international environment, replete with uncertainty and complexity, and requiring greater collaboration.

CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque is leading a delegation from the CARICOM Secretariat which also includes Ambassador Colin Granderson, Assistant Secretary-General, Foreign and Community Relations, and Dr. Douglas Slater, Assistant Secretary-General, Human and Social Development. The Community’s representatives are also drawn from regional organisations including the Caribbean Centre for Development Administration (CARICAD), Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC), Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), University of the West Indies (UWI), and the University of Guyana (UG). (more…)

CARICOM Secretary-General engages Association of Caribbean Banks

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Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, this morning met with the Chairperson and Directors of the Caribbean Association of Banks (CAB).

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

UK commits to closer relations with CARICOM

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Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque welcomes UK High Commissioner Ms Janet Douglas

Even as the United Kingdom continues to face its fair share of challenging events, it has committed to closer relations with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

New High Commissioner of the UK to the Eastern Caribbean and CARICOM, Her Excellency Janet Douglas said on Thursday, 22 June, that her country wanted to infuse fresh vigour in its relations with the Region. She was at time presenting her Letter of Credence to CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana.

In the wake of the recent acts of terrorism in the UK, Ambassador LaRocque placed on record the Community’s unreserved condemnation of orchestrated attacks perpetrated against innocent civilians.

He said: “CARICOM joins its voice to that of the international community in condemning terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.  Such disruptive and vicious acts underscore the need for the international community to deepen cooperation in the battle against terrorism.”

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