Region moves to develop core indicators for 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

 

Dr. Philomen Harrison, Director, Regional Statistics, CARICOM Secretariat
Dr. Philomen Harrison, Director, Regional Statistics, CARICOM Secretariat

Regional statisticians began meeting in Roseau, Dominica, on Monday to develop core indicators as the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) moves towards fulfilling the requirements of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

At a Technical Workshop on the Indicator Framework for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, statisticians will craft robust recommendations on the core indicators for further review towards approval by the Standing Committee of Caribbean Statisticians (SCCS) and ultimately to the organs of the Community for endorsement.

The meeting will also develop a Technical Working Group (TWG), procedures for its operation/functioning, and also make recommendations on its work programme and on the way forward. Member States have been keen on establishing the TWG and 10 have already volunteered to participate.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Dr. Philomen Harrison, Director, Regional Statistics at the CARICOM Secretariat, pointed out that the SDGs “will be it us for a long time, and therefore the development of this TWG and its work” were critical and timely. The SIDS framework SAMOA Pathway must also be taken on board, she said.   (more…)

UPDATED: PM Mitchell pushes collaborative approach to development of high quality statistics

 

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Prime Minister of Grenada, the Dr. the Hon. Keith Mitchell is on a mission to solicit increased support for the development of quality statistics.

His mission comes in the wake of the approval of the CARICOM Statistics Action Plan last year, and as part of efforts to advance the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

The Prime Minister, who is CARICOM’s Lead Head of Government with responsibility for Science and Technology, laid out his vision and plans Wednesday during an address to the PARIS21 Annual Board Meeting held in Paris, France.

Statistics, he said, had become an indispensable tool in the democratic process of countries, in all facets of society and in the development of sectors and industry. (more…)

CARICOM, Switzerland commit to deeper cooperation

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The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Switzerland on Thursday last signalled their  commitment to deepen relations as the first Ambassador from the central European country was accredited to CARICOM.

In accepting the Letters of Credence of His Excellency Didier Chassot, Plenipotentiary Representative of Switzerland to CARICOM, CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque said beyond this “important gesture,” he looked forward to a concrete programme of cooperation.

Environmental protection, renewable energy, financial services, tourism and agri-business are some areas of mutual interests which could form the basis for establishing a cooperation mechanism, he said. (more…)

New project to create resilience culture in the Caribbean

Participants at the Disaster Risk Reduction Development Partners Meeting held at the Radisson Hotel, Barbados on April 7, 2016. CDEMA's Head, Ronald Jackson, is fourth from left.
Participants at the Disaster Risk Reduction Development Partners Meeting held at the Radisson Hotel, Barbados on April 7, 2016. CDEMA’s Head, Ronald Jackson, is fourth from left.

BRIDGETON, Barbados (CDEMA) – The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) announced the project ‘Strengthening Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Strategies and Capacities for Resilience in the Caribbean’, that is supported by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA). The purpose of the project is reinforcing disaster risk reduction and creating a resilience culture in the Caribbean.

The announcement was made during the Disaster Risk Reduction Development Partners Meeting which took place on April 7, 2016, in Barbados.

The Caribbean is prone to different natural hazards such as earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, tsunamis and others. Most countries are which can be disproportionately affected by disasters due to their unique vulnerabilities. Climate change exacerbates the effects of disasters.

The recently started project will contribute to strengthening DRR monitoring capacities at national and regional levels in the Caribbean; increased knowledge and capacities for local resilience and community safety through enhanced capacities and commitment for safe schools and enhance risk-sensitive business investment. (more…)

CARICOM seeks Portugal’s advocacy on major concerns

As the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) continues to lobby for the removal of Member States from the list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions, Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque on Friday raised the issue with newly accredited Ambassador of Portugal to CARICOM His Excellency Fernando Teles Fazendeiro.

Portugal is among several European countries that have deemed some CARICOM Member States as non-cooperative tax jurisdictions, even as the Member States insist they are in compliance with standards established by the Financial Action Task Force (FAFT), the Global Forum and other international bodies.

Ambassador LaRocque told the Portuguese envoy that the Community was gravely affected by the listing, as financial services were of vital economic importance to the Caribbean Community, with implications for its efforts at growth.

It would certainly be a step in the right direction if this unjust and unfair action be rescinded,” the Secretary-General said at the new Ambassador’s accreditation ceremony at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana.

Ambassador of Portugal to CARICOM HE Fernando Teles Fazendeiro and CARICOM Secretary-General, AMbassador Irwin LaRocque during the accreditation ceremony on Friday 4 March, 2016.
Ambassador of Portugal to CARICOM HE Fernando Teles Fazendeiro and CARICOM Secretary-General, AMbassador Irwin LaRocque during the accreditation ceremony on Friday 4 March, 2016.

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