Climate Change Vulnerability: OECD head meets with Prime Minister Allen Chastanet

Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, the Hon. Allen Chastanet and OECD Secretary General, His Excellency Angel Gurria

St. Lucia News Online – With climate change reality confronting the Caribbean, OECS Chairman and Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, the Hon. Allen Chastanet has met with the Secretary General of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Secretary General H.E Angel Gurria to examine ways in which to bolster Official Development Assistance (ODA) to the region.

The meeting comes in the wake of three disastrous hurricanes, two of which decimated Dominica, the British Virgin Islands, Barbuda and Puerto Rico.

Speaking from OECD Headquarters in Paris, Prime Minister Chastanet said unprecedented events suggested that a new era of climate reality was upon the Caribbean and that an enhanced international development assistance framework was urgently needed to combat what was likely to be severe growing threats to the region.

“As one Caribbean family spread across Small Island Developing States (SIDS), we don’t lack resilience but we do lack disaster management resources and the meetings I have had with Secretary General Gurria has proven fruitful in fortifying OECD assistance” said Prime Minister Chastanet. (more…)

Regional statisticians identify 113 core Indicators for SDGs

Ms. Prayma Carrette
Ms. Prayma Carrette

Regional statisticians have listed an initial 113 core Indicators of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

The statisticians identified the core Indicators during a three-day meeting held in Dominica late last month at which a CARICOM Technical Working Group (TWG) on SDGs was established.

The criteria for the CARICOM recommended core Indicators include linkages to the CARICOM Five-Year Strategic Plan, as well as national development plans and priorities of Member States. In addition, the Indicators must be able to aid in monitoring the diverse population groups in CARICOM on the key challenge of the SDGs to leave no one behind. The Indicators also should reflect the unique vulnerabilities of CARICOM Member States as Small Island Developing States (SIDS ), and have the scope for national, regional and international comparability.

A second set of 35 Indicators was also identified.


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…)