UPDATED WITH VIDEO: CARICOM, Korea formalise decade-old friendship

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Republic of Korea on 13 June, 2017, formalised a decade-old friendship with the accreditation of the first non-permanent Plenipotentiary Representative of the East Asian country to CARICOM.

Deputy Secretary-General of CARICOM, Ambassador Manorma Soeknandan, PhD., accepted the Letter of Credence from His Excellency Ki-Mo Lim in a simple ceremony at the Headquarters of the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana.

She said CARICOM welcomed and celebrated this formal step towards a more institutionalised partnership and enduring relationship with Korea.

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Belize pushes for responsible stewardship of world’s oceans


“Belize is also the only country in the world to have developed a national multi-species system of marine tenure and zoning, locally known as managed access. This system has proven reliable as a tool to empower traditional fishers to protect their fishing area.”

Dr. Omar Figueroa, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development & Climate Change, Belize, speaking at the United Nations Ocean Conference, Tuesday.

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Jamaica to increase marine protected areas, strengthen legislation – UN Oceans Conference told

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Jamaica’s Foreign Minister Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith

“Our common challenges require collective resolution. This is the intent of the Call to Action which this Conference is expected to adopt…Jamaica supports the considerations that have been given to urgent action to strengthen the SAMOA Pathway and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, especially Goal 14. We call for continued vigilance to address the issues identified as priority concerns and to pursue same on the strength of partnerships at all levels. We are particularly keen for the international community to support capacity-building for SIDs such as Jamaica. There is need to generate pertinent data and information for establishing baselines and to inform decisions; for the transfer of technical skills, ‘know how’ and empowerment to design and implement sustainable development strategies at the national level.”

Jamaica’s Foreign Minister, Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith addressing the UN Oceans Conference at UN Headquarters in New York, Tuesday.

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Caribbean Community to push for strong outcome at critical UN Oceans Conference


The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will participate actively and pursue positive outcomes at the 5-9 June 2017 High Level United Nations Conference, which is expected to agree on a Call For Action to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development. The Conference supports implementation of  Goal 14 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to transform the world –  part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by world leaders in 2015.

shutterstock_61760839-e1421798058123For the Caribbean Community, key outcomes in the Call for Action are expected to include commitments to; plastic bag and polystyrene bans, establishment of marine protected areas, sustainable fishing practices including community driven practices, establishment of national ocean governance policies and mechanisms, and adoption of public policies to advance sustainable ocean-based economies.

The CARICOM Secretariat, in partnership with the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), the University of the West Indies (UWI), and with the Government of Belize as focal point, has convened two Side Events on behalf of CARICOM Member States.SDG_logo_with_UN_emblem

The first, on Wednesday 7 June, will focus on Ocean Governance and SIDS Sustainable Development. This will address the Region’s concerns about the highly fragmented nature of arrangements for the management of marine ecosystems as it relates to biodiversity, fisheries, pollution and climate change. (more…)