Media Advisory: Launch of Essential Services Package (ESP) Community of Practice


(Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana) The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) are collaborating to bring together a consortium of experts to provide guidance on a common approach to Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in the Region.

Under the Spotlight Initiative (SI), a project titled the Essential Services Package (ESP) Community of Practice (CoP) will be launched on Tuesday and Wednesday 24-25 May in Trinidad and Tobago.

Experts in health, policing, justice, social services, humanitarian aid and education, will endorse a regional roadmap that will allow key regional Institutions and National Gender Machineries across the Caribbean, to establish standards and priorities in ensuring service provision for survivors of GBV is of the highest quality. The ESP CoP will be the first regional GBV coordination mechanism for the Caribbean, and it will be co-chaired by CARICOM and UNFPA in its first year of operation.

The opening session will feature remarks from Alison Drayton, Director, UNFPA Sub Regional Office for the Caribbean; Dr. Douglas Slater, Assistant Secretary-General, Human and Social Development, CARICOM Secretariat; Dr. Tameka Romeo, Gender Lead, Gender & Child Affairs Division, Office of the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago; and H.E. Peter Cavendish European Union Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago.

The keynote address will be delivered by the First Lady, Mrs. Sharon Clarke-Rowley, National Spotlight Champion and member of the Spouses of CARICOM Leaders Action Network (SCLAN).

Against this backdrop, the UNFPA Sub-Regional Office of the Caribbean and the CARICOM Secretariat are pleased to invite the media to cover the opening session and closing press conference of the Forum.

Kindly see the details below:

Events:           1. Opening Ceremony of the launch of the Essential Services Package (ESP) Community of Practice (CoP)

                        2. Closing Press Conference

Date:               Tuesday, 24 May 2022 (Opening) and Wednesday May 25 (press conference)

Venue:            Hyatt Regency Hotel, Port of Spain, Trinidad

Time:              9:00 am (Opening)

                        2:45 pm (Press Conference)

Media outside of Trinidad can participate via Zoom.

Please see the details below:

Kindly make every effort to be present at least 15 minutes before this activity for timely coverage.

Contact: Jascene Dunkley-Malcolm, Communications and Partnerships Specialist

               Tel: + 18765510015    Email:

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