2017 In Photos

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As 2017 ends and we usher in 2018, we take a look back at a challenging year, but one in which CARICOM showed its formidable strength and resilience.

Here are some highlights:

 

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A year that will have a lasting impact – CARICOM Secretary-General

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End of Year Message

by the Secretary-General

of the

Caribbean Community (CARICOM)

Ambassador Irwin LaRocque

 

There is no doubt that the events of 2017 will have a lasting impact on our Community.  The ravaging effects of this year’s hurricane season will cast a long shadow over our Community for some time yet.

Six of our Members and several of our Caribbean neighbours experienced the wrath of unprecedented back-to-back Category 5 Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

The heavy toll of lives, property and infrastructure had an effect wider than the affected countries.  Our Community has bonded together, as its governments, people and institutions render yeoman support to the stricken countries.  The international community has been at our side in the relief undertaking in a highly appreciated show of solidarity.

The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency, (CDEMA) the Community’s specialised institution, performed magnificently as it coordinated the relief efforts and helped to set the stage for recovery.  I must extend the Region’s gratitude to the Agency for a job well done.  The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) was also prompt in meeting its commitments to the affected countries with the appropriate policies.

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CARICOM lauds France’s fight against climate change

Plenipotentiary Representative of France to CARICOM His Excellency Antoine Joly (left), and CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque

(CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)  Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque on Wednesday, 12 December, 2017, applauded France’s dedication to the fight against climate change.

As he accredited His Excellency Antoine Joly, new Ambassador of France to CARICOM,  the Secretary-General expressed gratitude that France had joined forces to safeguard the Region and the entire planet from the threats of climate change.

Secretary-General LaRocque congratulated the President of France Emmanuel Macron, for his hosting of the recent One Planet Summit, noting that it was another indication of France’s dedication to advancing the aims of the Paris Agreement. (more…)

Hurricane season officially ends, but impact lingers

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It is finally over.

According to the calendar of the National Hurricane Center, November 30 marks the official end of the Atlantic Hurricane Season, which spawned 17 named storm.

Here in the Caribbean, September was particularly brutal with the passage of two Category 5 monsters, Irma and Maria, which left an unprecedented path of death and destruction.

Countries such as Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Puerto Rico, St. Barts, St. Maarten/Martin and the U.S. Virgin Islands all took direct hits and will take years to recover.

The World Bank said damages and losses, in the wake of Hurricane Maria, in Dominica amount to US$1.3-billion or 224 percent of GDP.

Read more at: Dominica News Online