Region must adapt to the reality of climate change – CARICOM SG

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The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is mobilising resources to support reconstruction of hurricane-ravaged Member States to build back smarter and better, against the existential threat of climate change.

Secretary-General of CARICOM, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, said that intention was in “full knowledge that we are into a new era,” when hurricanes had now become “game changers.”

He was at the time speaking at the opening of Technical Consultations at the CARICOM-UN High Level Pledging Conference, earlier this morning (20 November) at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.


The CARICOM-UN High Level Pledging Conference is to mobilise national governments, regional organisations, international development partners, private sector, and civil society to support the construction of what can become the world’s first hurricane-resilient countries.

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Technical Consultation begins ahead of CARICOM-UN High Level Pledging Conference

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The Technical Consultations ahead of the CARICOM-UN High Level Pledging Conference began this morning at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters, New York. CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator, Achim Steiner made opening remarks.

The High Level Pledging Forum will be held 21 November, also at the UN and is aimed at rebuilding the devastated Members as the first climate resilient countries in the world and at helping the wider CARICOM Region improve its resilience given its inherent vulnerability as a Community of SIDS – Small Island and Low-lying Coastal Developing States .


The technical sessions are aimed at providing an overview of the impact of Hurricanes Irma and Maria on the Caribbean; presenting the country recovery needs, priorities and recovery strategy; and giving partners an opportunity for technical level enquiries and inputs.

The head of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) will provide an overview presentation. This will be followed by presentations by Senior Government representatives of the affected countries and territories. Perspectives will be provided by partners, including those who conducted post disaster assessments.

Region’s UN Representatives prepare for post-hurricanes Pledging Conference

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Permanent Representatives of CARICOM Member States to the United Nations met on Friday with CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and  Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Ms Jessica Faieta, ahead of next Tuesday’s CARICOM-UN High Level Pledging Conference.

The Conference, to be held at UN Headquarters, New York,  will seek to mobilise international support for rebuilding in CARICOM Member States devastated by hurricanes Irma and Maria and to help the wider CARICOM Region improve its resilience.

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Information on the Conference can be found at:  http://resilientcaribbean.caricom.org/

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All set for CARICOM UN High Level Pledging Conference

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CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque (r) and Ms Jessica Faieta, Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) share a photo at the Banner for the CARICOM-UN High Level Pledging Conference to be held at the UN Headquarters, New York on Tuesday 21 November 2017.

The Conference is aimed at rebuilding the CARICOM Members devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria as the first climate resilient countries in the world and at helping the wider CARICOM Region improve its resilience.

Information on the Conference can be found at: CARICOM-UN High Level Pledging Conference 

 

 

Free Movement Of Labour – Holness urges greater cooperation within CARICOM

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has said that the threat that climate change poses to Caribbean countries should spur regional leaders to work towards greater cooperation among states across the region.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness addressing the IMF High Level Caribbean Forum yesterday.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness addressing the IMF High Level Caribbean Forum yesterday.

Speaking yesterday at the sixth High Level Caribbean Forum, held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, Holness said that there was a tendency for regional states to focus on the free movement of goods without making a connection with the free movement of labour.

“It becomes a particular concern when viewed against the backdrop of natural disasters. Can you imagine a sustained fallout in our sister islands? How will those economies recover if there is not a mechanism to allow the free movement of labour, even temporarily, to help in the recovery and relief efforts?” Holness questioned.

He said that after the recent impacts of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, many students from some countries in the Eastern Caribbean had to complete their studies in sister Caribbean territories that had not been affected.

“It is this capacity for our respective economies and countries to open our societies, open our schools, that will give us, collectively, the ability to respond to disasters and crises,” he added.

 

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