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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CARICOM lauds France’s fight against climate change

(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…)

Message by the CARICOM Secretary-General on Caribbean Statistics Day

MESSAGE FROM THE SECRETARY-GENERAL,

CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY (CARICOM)

AMBASSADOR IRWIN LAROCQUE

 

ON THE OCCASION OF THE

NINTH OBSERVANCE OF CARIBBEAN STATISTICS DAY

15 OCTOBER 2017

 

 

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

This year’s observance takes place against the background of another significant achievement for Regional Statistics. CARICOM Heads of Government at their Thirty-Eighth Regular Meeting (July 2017) endorsed the preparation of a Regional Strategy for the Development of Statistics (RSDS) in CARICOM.  The endorsement of the RSDS initiative is in addition to their endorsement of the Action Plan for Statistics at their Thirty-Seventh Regular Meeting in 2016.

 These decisions on Statistics at the highest level of the Community reaffirm the recognition of the vital role of statistics in the development of the Region.   It is in this spirit that the National Statistical Offices of Member States agreed that the 2016 theme – “Improving the Lives of People – Advancing the Action Plan for Statistics in CARICOM”   should remain as the theme for this year’s observance of Caribbean Statistics Day.

CARICOM countries continue to face increasing demands for statistics that must be timely and reliable.  Evidenced-based decision-making is important in enabling the socio-economic development of countries and for the efficient management and use of resources. In particular, given the environmental concerns faced by CARICOM countries as Small Island and low lying coastal Developing States (SIDS), the timely dissemination of high quality statistics facilitates national policy development, planning and the monitoring and evaluation required for the achievement of successful outcomes. The importance of access to reliable data is a key factor in the recovery and rehabilitation efforts following natural disasters such as the recent Hurricanes Irma and Maria. (more…)

Incoming Chair of CARICOM prioritises benefits for people in 2016

Incoming Chairman of CARICOM, the Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister of Belize
Incoming Chairman of CARICOM, the Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister of Belize
“People of the Caribbean Community, we have a lot to be proud of and a lot to look forward to. Let us strive to make 2016 one to remember as a landmark year for our integration movement.” – The Hon Dean Barrow, Prime Minister of Belize and Incoming Chairman of CARICOM

With the firm resolution to strengthen the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to provide greater benefits for its peoples, the Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister of Belize assumes the six-month chairmanship of the Community from 1 January 2016.

He succeeds the Rt. Hon. Freundel Stuart, Prime Minister of Barbados.

In a message to usher in the New Year, Prime Minister Barrow pointed out that there was a lot to be proud of and a lot to look forward to.

 

Our resolution is to continue to strengthen our integration movement to deliver ever-increasing benefits to the people of our Community. We will continue our quest to improve our standard of living through providing a safe, viable and prosperous Caribbean Community. In so doing we will build on our successes and will be moving forward with a number of initiatives to achieve that aim,” he said.

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