Caribbean felt full brunt of climate change in 2017

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados,  CMC – In 2017, the Caribbean felt the full brunt of climate change with a warning that current trends indicate that there will be no respite.

Within a two-week period, Hurricanes Irma and Maria brought home the reality of the impact of climate change as they churned their way across the Lesser Antilles destroying everything in their paths. Hurricane Harvey had in August set the stage for what was to come; with devastation in Houston, Texas, amounting to nearly US$200billion.

“The unprecedented nature of this climatic event highlights the unusual nature of weather patterns that continue to affect nations across the globe,” the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary General Irwin LaRocque said in a message to United States President Donald Trump, as Harvey made landfall in the United States after whipping up strong winds and heavy rains in the Caribbean.

It took less than a month for his statement to bear fruit. Hurricanes Irma and Maria, two Category 5 storms left so many Caribbean islands devastated in September that the CARICOM Chairman and Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell said “there can be no question that for us in the Caribbean, climate change is an existential threat”. (more…)

Montego Bay, Nassau among cities with ‘intelligent solutions’ – IDB

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WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) — Cities in two Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries are among the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB’s) guide of more than 50 examples of cities around the globe that have implemented intelligent solutions.

Montego Bay in Jamaica and Nassau, the capital of The Bahamas, are included in cities in Latin America and the Caribbean dealing with accelerated and unplanned growth which has generated a series of challenges that can’t be fixed in a traditional way.

The IDB said that the current fiscal limitations of the region’s governments – especially at sub-national levels – require of more efficient systems that allow reducing public expenditure and increase fiscal income.

“Our cities should migrate towards a sustainable model of Smart City,” the IDB said, describing a Smart City as “one which puts people at the centre of development, incorporates information technology and communication in urban management, and uses these elements as tools to stimulate the creation of an efficient government that includes processes of collaborative planning and citizen participation.

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CARPHA collaborates to protect the Caribbean’s Oceans


In observance of World Oceans Day which is celebrated on June 8 each year we take a look at the work that one of our Community Institutions, Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), is doing to help protect the Region’s oceans.

CARPHA is the inter-governmental arm of CARICOM with responsibility for the delivery of public health in the Caribbean Region.  The agency became operational in January 2013 and represents an amalgamation of five Regional health institutions each having over 30 years of experience operating in the Caribbean.  The Environmental Health and Sustainable Development Department (EHSD) based in Saint Lucia leads the environmental protection and natural resources management initiatives and functions as the nexus between health and the environment.

Through partnership with the German Development Cooperation (GIZ), CARPHA is jointly implementing the Caribbean Aqua-Terrestrial Solutions (CATS) programme in eight CARICOM/CARPHA Member States. One component of the programme directly involves conservation of marine biodiversity and coastal resources.  EUR 5.000.000 has been invested in the development/enhancement of marine managed areas –  governance and sustainable financing mechanisms; education and awareness programmes; and development or support for sustainable livelihoods from responsible use of our oceans.

The other component of the programme focuses on terrestrial resources management with EUR 5.525.000 invested in a holistic approach to resource management and prevention of pollution of the marine environment from land-based sources and activities.  This is of critical importance to our Region since studies conducted over the last 30 years have indicated that pollution from land-based activities such as sewage, agricultural run-off and liquid waste from industries, are the main contributors to marine degradation.


Caribbean in Motion lands at IDB


The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), in partnership with the Anime Caribe Caribbean Animation Festival, presents ‘Caribbean in Motion: Improving Lives through Artistry and Animation’. This exhibit is a tribute to The Bahamas, host of the 2016 Annual Meeting of the IDB-IIC Boards of Governors. The video art exhibit will showcase works by Caribbean artists at the IDB’s Cultural Center in Washington, DC, and will open to the public on April 14, 2016.

Caribbean in Motion explores the multi-faceted social and economic benefits generated by the animation industry, underscoring the importance of nurturing a vibrant creative economy. Animation, the art of illustrating video sequences, has huge potential as both a business and an art form that supports sustainable social and economic development in the Caribbean.

While animation might be perceived primarily as a commercial endeavor, by recognising animators as artists, the IDB exhibit will encourage the development of technical skills, imaginative thinking, and innovation. Caribbean in Motion will highlight some of the most captivating and imaginative animation and illustration in the Caribbean today, including works by Makesi Aquan, Danielle Blaize, Mathew Hudson, Alison Latchman, Anieph Latchman, Wendell McShine, Khia Poitier, Ansar Sattar, Steven Schmid and Marlo Scott.

Caribbean in Motion which will run through July 2016, is free and open to the public. Schools and special group visits can be accommodated with private guided tours upon request.

 WHAT  Contemporary Animation and Video Art Exhibit
 WHEN  April 14 – July 29, 2016
 TIME  11AM- 6 PM | Monday – Friday
 WHER:  IDB Cultural Center, 1300 New York Ave., NW, Washington D.C., 20577
About the IDB
The Inter-American Development Bank is devoted to improving lives. Established in 1959, the IDB is a leading source of long-term financing for economic, social and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean.The IDB also conducts cutting-edge research and provides policy advice, technical assistance and training to public and private sector clients throughout the region.

CARICOM explores new platforms in fight against youth crime, violence

youth on youth violenceEach year, approximately 200,000 youths aged 10 to 29 die, and many more sustain serious injuries because of violence across the world. Youth violence is a global challenge which the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) knows only too well: its young people are both the main perpetrators and victims.

But CARICOM is accelerating its fight. Its most current initiative is a two-day Youth Forum at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre, Georgetown, Guyana. The forum begins at 9 a.m. on 29 February, 2016, with an Opening Ceremony to be chaired by CARICOM Secretariat Director for Human and Social Development, Ms. Myrna Bernard. Guyana’s Vice President and  Minister for Public Security, the Hon. Khemraj Ramjattan, will deliver the address.

The Forum

The forum, funded by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the government of Spain, is an outcome of the two-year CARICOM/Spain Project: Youth on Youth Violence in the Caribbean. This project which aims to reduce youth on youth violence, particularly in schools, is now being piloted in five member states: Antigua and Barbuda, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago.

New platforms for transformation will be explored to break the cycle of youth crime and violence. Specifically, CARICOM policy-makers, the media and other stakeholders will be sensitised on the major elements of youth crime and violence and on the responses to break the silence. Good practices will be shared with a view to replicating the lessons learned.  At the same time, strategies for a multi-sectoral `whole of society’ response to the challenge will be examined, as well as the means for greater collaboration among institutions and development partners to sustain CARICOM’s response to youth crime and violence. (more…)