Electric school bus for St. Kitts and Nevis

An electric school bus. (Photo via SKNIS)

Basseterre, St. Kitts, November 29, 2017 (SKNIS): A new initiative is set to be implemented which will see the energy and transportation sectors in St. Kitts and Nevis transformed, as the result of a pilot project using electric school buses.

The project is a partnership between the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis and the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) in Belize with financial support from the Government of Italy.  This pilot project will support the procurement and installation of two solar-powered battery charging stations and at least three electric buses to replace aging and inoperable diesel and gasoline buses in the current fleet. Local capacity will be built through training and exposure to install and operate the charging stations and the buses during the pilot phase.

Cheryl Jeffers, Conservation Officer in the Department of Environment, said that the successful implementation of the project will bring many benefits to St. Kitts and Nevis as the aim is to support and contribute to the federation’s transition to a low carbon economy by facilitating a shift from the use of fossil fuels to the use of renewable energy in public transportation. (more…)

Heartening support for hurricane-ravaged countries at Pledging Conference

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CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque greets UN Secretary-General António Guterres at the start of the CARICOM-UN High Level Pledging Conference, UN Headquarters, Tuesday. UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner is centre.
CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque greets UN Secretary-General António Guterres at the start of the CARICOM-UN High Level Pledging Conference, UN Headquarters, Tuesday. UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner is centre.

Widespread concern for CARICOM countries severely affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria was evident at the opening of the CARICOM-UN High Level Pledging Conference, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on Tuesday, 21 November.

Addressing the large gathering which included the UN Secretary-General António Guterres, International Development Partners, and representatives of governments, the private sector and the United Nations System, CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque said their presence demonstrated strong interest and deep concern about the situation in the Community.

He told the UN SG:

“You were there to see at first hand the damage inflicted by the hurricanes. You have ensured it stayed in the attention of the international community and today you are here with us to emphasise your commitment.  I thank you so very much Secretary-General.” (more…)

CARICOM joins in celebrating World Television Day

Youtube COTEDIn recognition of the fact that television has tremendous impact on decision-making, given that it brings attention to issues that are happening worldwide – the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 21 November as World Television Day.

Television is one of the most influential forms of media for communication and information dissemination.  Instead of celebrating the tool itself, its representation, is more meaningful and significant. It is a great influence on public opinions on major issues that surround various topics around the world.

The word “Television” was coined in 1900 and the television itself became widely popular after the end of World War II. With the advancement of technology, more and more people are watching television programmes on their smart phones. Given the diversity of the information that can be viewed on the television, statistics show that the average person spends almost 10 years of their life looking at television. (more…)

CARICOM, UN Chiefs, Heads of Government call for support to build back better in Caribbean

New York, 15 November 2017 – After two back-to-back category five hurricanes swept across the Caribbean two months ago cutting a swathe of destruction, taking lives and impacting livelihoods, recovery costs are estimated at over US$3billion. In some of the most impacted island states recovery needs are equivalent to over 200 percent of countries’ Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Aiming to mobilise support for affected countries to “build back better” as the first climate-resilient countries in the world, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), will hold the CARICOM-UN High-level Pledging Conference: Building a more Climate-Resilient Community on 21 November at UN Headquarters in New York.

Media Representatives are invited to cover the Conference in its entirety as well as a Press Briefing  on 20 November, at 11am.’

 

DETAILS
What: CARICOM-UN High-level Pledging Conference: Building a more Climate-Resilient Community

When/Where: Tuesday November 21, 9am-5:15pm, ECOSOC Chamber, UN Headquarters, NY
CARICOM-UN Conference Opening Session 9-9:45am:

  • CARICOM Secretary-General, Irwin LaRocque
  • UN Secretary-General, António Guterres
  • President of General Assembly, Miroslav Lajčák
  • Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne
  • Prime Minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit
  • Chairman of CARICOM, Prime Minister of Grenada, Keith Mitchell
  • Moderator: UNDP Administrator, Achim Steiner

What: PRESS BRIEFING  
When: Monday, November 20, 11-11:45 am
Where: UN SG’s Spokesperson Briefing Room (S-237)
Who:

  • Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne
  • Prime Minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit (TBC)
  • UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner
  • Q&A

 

For Media Accreditation at UN headquarters in New York: http://www.un.org/en/media/accreditation/
For full agenda please go to    http://resilientcaribbean.caricom.org
Live webcast:    https://webtv.un.org;   http://caricom.org/ ; http://today.caricom.org/  

UN urged to help countries devastated by recent natural disasters to ‘build back better’

Hurricanes Irma, Harvey and Maria may be over, but the devastating impact they had on the countries in their path continues, likewise the effects of successive earthquakes in Mexico, said senior United Nations officials Tuesday, calling for more action at all levels to manage disaster and climate risk and to prepare for future extreme weather events.

As the UN and the international community step up efforts to assist countries affected by hurricanes and earthquakes, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) organised on Tuesday a Special Meeting on the ‘Aftermath of recent hurricanes: Achieving a risk-informed and resilient 2030 Agenda,’ to discuss the current situation along with the economic, social and environmental impacts on those affected.

“These disasters led to tragic loss of lives, displaced people, damaged infrastructure and homes, and disrupted livelihoods in both developed and developing countries,” said Marie Chatardová, ECOSOC President in her opening remarks.

“We have seen how inequalities exacerbated people’s exposure to the impact of disaster,” she continued, noting how easily development gains can be erased if a risk-informed, resilient 2030 Agenda is not pursued.

Saying that the impending cost of recovery and reconstruction in affected communities raises concerns over long-term sustainable development, Ms. Chatardová underscored, “We must help affected States get back on the path towards sustainable development.”

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