SIDS must never be denied concessional financing for climate resilience -SG

 

CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque
CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque

Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has called for the scaling up of climate finance for resilience in the health sector.

He also posited that small vulnerable countries must never be denied access to concessional financing in their quest for resilience against climate change.

These were among the issues he addressed recently, while speaking at the inauguration ceremony for the second term in office of Dr. Carissa Etienne, Director of the Pan American Organisation (PAHO). The ceremony was held 1 February at PAHO Headquarters in Washington D.C.

With Small Island Developing States (SIDS) on the front line, he said: “The WHO has recognised that climate change is one of the greatest threats to human health and the environment, as it affects the social and environmental determinants of health – clean air, safe drinking water, sufficient food and secure shelter.” (more…)

CARICOM SG commends Grenada’s unwavering commitment to integration

Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell

As Grenada celebrates its Forty-Fourth Anniversary as an independent nation on Wednesday, 7 February, 2018, CARICOM Secretary-General Irwin LaRocque is commending its unwavering commitment to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

In a congratulatory message to the Prime Minister of Grenada, the Honourable Keith Mitchell, the Secretary-General lauded the commitment and leadership he demonstrated as Chairman of the Community during the past unprecedented hurricane season. He noted that Prime Minister Mitchell’s chairmanship of the World Bank’s Small States Forum 2017, served to heighten the visibility of the challenges facing the Small State.

There is much for Grenada to be proud of as a nation, Secretary-General LaRocque said, adding that over the years the people have demonstrated “great resilience as they charted a way forward to enhancing their standard of living.” (more…)

CARICOM, UN Environment discuss closer cooperation

Head of the UNEP Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, Mr Leo Heileman, pays courtesy call on CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque
Head of the UNEP Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, Mr Leo Heileman, pays courtesy call on CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has expressed strong interest in strengthening its collaboration with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to improve environmental sustainability in the Region.

Regional Director and Head of the UNEP Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, Mr. Leo Heileman, visited the CARICOM Secretariat on Wednesday, 24 January, during which he paid a courtesy call on CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque.

He updated the Secretary-General on work of the UN Environment Caribbean Office located in Jamaica which is providing technical support to countries of the Region in strengthening their environmental capacity.

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New IICA Director General to visit CARICOM Secretariat

From left: Dr. Arlington Chesney, former Regional Director of IICA; Dr. Manuel Ortero, Director General of IICA; Ms. Nisa Surujbally, Programme Manager, Agriculture and Industry, CARICOM Secretariat; Mr. Diego Montenegro, Director of Management and Regional Integration of IICA
Ms. Nisa Surujbally, Programme Manager, Agriculture and Industry at the CARICOM Secretariat (second from right) with, from left, Dr. Arlington Chesney, former Regional Director of IICA; Dr. Manuel Ortero, new Director General of IICA; and Mr. Diego Montenegro, Director of Management and Regional Integration of IICA

New Director General of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), Dr. Manuel Otero, has signalled his intention to visit the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat soon.

The indication came during a meeting with CARICOM Programme Manager, Agriculture and Industry, Ms. Nisa Surujbally, shortly after his inauguration earlier this month in San Jose, Costa Rica. Ms. Surujbally represented CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque at Dr. Otero’s swearing-in ceremony.

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CARICOM records noteworthy successes in 2017 despite challenges

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Secretary-General at the CARICOM-UN High Level Conference with the UN SG Antonio Guterres and Head of UNDP Achim Steiner
CARICOM Secretary-General Amb. Irwin LaRocque (l) at the CARICOM-UN High Level Conference with the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres (r) and Head of UNDP Achim Steiner

(CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana) The more than US$2B pledged at the CARICOM-UN Conference for long-term recovery for hurricane-affected countries and the establishment of the regional renewable energy center are among the successes CARICOM recorded for 2017 in spite of the year’s challenges.

Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque said in his End of Year Message that the Community was ending 2017 with several other noteworthy achievements, including a change in posture by International Financial Institutions and some Development Partners with respect to access to concessionary development financing.

“It is encouraging to note that our relentless advocacy with respect to the lack of access to concessional development financing appears to be bearing fruit. There is some re-thinking on this issue taking place at the level of the International Financial Institutions (IFIs) and some of our international development partners (IDPs),” the Secretary-General stated.

Adding that CARICOM will continue to advocate for this change he said the Region’s vulnerability to external shocks, which the hurricanes laid bare, emphasised the urgent need for the international community to dispense with GDP per capita as a primary criterion for access to concessional development financing. (more…)