Observing Earth Day 2017

 

Dr. Therese Yarde, Project Coordinator, Caribbean Hub Capacity Building related to Implementation of Multilateral Environmental Agreements,(third row, second from right) at the Earth Day ceremony in Guyana on 21 April, 2017.  She joined President of Guyana, His Excellency David Granger, Chairman of CARICOM (front row, second from right), Minister of Education Sport and Culture, the Hon.  Nicolette Henry (front row, third from right) and others for the ceremony at Independence Park in Georgetown. (Ministry of the Presidency photo)
Dr. Therese Yarde, Project Coordinator, Caribbean Hub Capacity Building related to Implementation of Multilateral Environmental Agreements,(third row, second from right) at the Earth Day ceremony in Guyana on 21 April, 2017. She joined President of Guyana, His Excellency David Granger, Chairman of CARICOM (front row, second from right), Minister of Education Sport and Culture, the Hon. Nicolette Henry (front row, third from right) and others for the ceremony at Independence Park in Georgetown. (Ministry of the Presidency photo)

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat on Friday, 21 March, participated in the Government of Guyana’s celebration of International Mother Earth Day 2017.  International Mother Earth Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2009 to promote harmony with nature and the earth, and is celebrated worldwide on April 22.

The global theme for Earth Day 2017 is Climate and Environmental Literacy, and Guyana’s observance was held under the national theme of Guyana: the Green State. In his remarks at the event President David Granger highlighted Guyana’s commitment to protecting and maintaining its rich biodiversity, and in particular its extensive forests, which play an important role in mitigating global climate change.

Guyana is one of the most biodiversity-rich members of CARICOM, and has taken significant actions to conserve and sustainably manage its natural habitats and ecosystems. Several of these actions are featured in a forthcoming report on the State of Biodiversity in the Caribbean Community, which will be published by the CARICOM Secretariat later this year.

UN experts mark international Women’s Day saying equal rights should top agenda

(Photo via IWD 2017)
(Photo via IWD 2017)

GENEVA  – A group of United Nations women’s human rights experts* are urging governments around the world to give the issue of women’s rights to equality high visibility and top political priority.

They say the struggle to end discrimination against women remains an unfinished agenda despite notable achievements since International Women’s Day was first observed over a century ago.

“The continuing existence of direct and indirect discrimination, both visible and invisible, is responsible for women lagging behind in a number of fields,” the experts said.**

Speaking in advance of International Women’s Day on 8 March they noted that, although discriminatory laws have been repealed in many countries, such laws – especially those governing family life – are still in force in many others. Some countries have a lower minimum age of marriage for girls, while others still prevent women from passing their nationality to their children and husbands.

In some States, women are also deprived of custody rights, polygamous marriages which subordinate them are allowed and they continue to suffer discrimination in property and land rights. The experts were also concerned that women and girls continue to be denied equality in succession and inheritance rights.

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FAO says Caribbean can make history eradicating hunger

Agriculture-0ecsPUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic, CMC – Head of the United Nations Food and Agricultural agency (FAO) José Graziano da Silva says Latin America and the Caribbean could become the first developing region to completely eradicate hunger, with continued and strengthened implementation of a regional food security plan.

“This region has all the necessary conditions to achieve this, starting with the great political commitment that sustains the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) Food Security, Nutrition and Hunger Eradication Plan,” the Director General said. (more…)

Haiti: UN’s new approach on cholera puts people at heart of response

A shipment of cholera vaccines arrives in Haiti. (Photo via UN/MINUSTAH/Logan Abassi)
A shipment of cholera vaccines arrives in Haiti. (Photo via UN/MINUSTAH/Logan Abassi)

United Nations – The response to cholera in Haiti will be a “long and thorough battle,” but the United Nations will stand by the Haitian people and authorities, Stéphane Dujarric, the Spokesman for the Secretary-General, said on the eve of the launch of the Organization’s new approach to tackling the epidemic in the country.

The new approach was announced last August and will be launched by Secretary-GeneralBan Ki-moon to the UN General Assembly on Thursday, 1 December. It includes rapid interventions in areas where cases are reported and the prevention of future high-risk public health crises.

The new approach on cholera also focuses on people and proposes the establishment of a program of material assistance and support to Haitians directly affected by the disease.

“This is an approach that goes to the root of the problem with long-term investments in the sanitation facilities that the country needs to eradicate cholera; short-term investments to halt the progression of cholera; and, most importantly, putting people and communities affected by cholera at the heart of our efforts,” Mr. Dujarric said in an interview with the UN.

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Security Council recommends former Prime Minister of Portugal Guterres as next UN Secretary-General 

António Guterres

(UNITED NATIONS) 6 October 2016 – The Security Council today formally chose the former Prime Minister of Portugal, António Guterres, as its nominee to be the next Secretary-General of the United Nations for a five-year term when incumbent Ban Ki-moon steps down on 31 December.

The recommendation, made in a resolution adopted in a private meeting by acclamation, now goes to the 193-member General Assembly for formal approval.