HRD Strategy belongs to Caribbean Community

Programme Manager, Human Resource Development at the CARICOM Secretariat, Dr. Laurette Bristol, has stressed that the HRD Strategy belonged to the Caribbean Community and not to the CARICOM Secretariat.

She was speaking at the opening of the first regional workshop aimed at strengthening national capacity to support the 2030 Human Resource Development Strategy (2030 HRDS). The workshop is being held at the Courtyard Marriott in Barbados, May 22-25, 2018.

Dr. Bristol encouraged participants to be willing to give of themselves and learn from each other while being willing to accept responsibility for their part in the success of the Strategy.

“We need to reach out to each other in the Region and create strong networks, share best practices, foster national development and promote regional resilience and sustainability”, she opined.

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International Day of Biological Diversity – Statement by CARICOM Secretary-General

CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque

The year 2018 marks 25 years since the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) entered into force on 29 December 1993 after the 30th ratification.  It is significant that five CARICOM Member States ratified the Convention (Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados and Saint Kitts and Nevis) or acceded to it (Saint Lucia) to bring about this significant outcome.  From 28 November to 9 December 1994, the first Conference of Parties to the CBD (COP1) was held in Nassau, Bahamas, an important achievement for a CARICOM Member State.

The theme for this year’s International Day of Biological Diversity is “Celebrating 25 Years of Action for Biodiversity“.  The CARICOM Secretariat joins the CBD Secretariat in using this Silver Jubilee anniversary of the Convention to highlight progress made to advance the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, agreed to at the Tenth Meeting of the Conference of Parties to the CBD in Nagoya, Japan, which launched the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. (more…)

Trinbagonian author Samuel Selvon honoured with Google Doodle

Trinidad and Tobago author Samuel Selvon was honoured with his very own Google Doodle on his birthday, May 20, 2018.

Selvon grew up in South Trinidad and migrated to the UK in the 1950s alongside the Windrush generation, where he wrote iconic books such as ‘A Brighter Sun’ and ‘The Lonely Londoners’.

Selvon, who passed away in 1994, is the first Trinbagonian writer to be given a Google Doodle.

Google said Sunday’s Google Doodle by guest artist Jayesh Sivan “depicts Selvon and other members of the Caribbean migrant community set against the backdrop of London, which served as the inspiration and setting for much of his works”.

Trinbagonian author Samuel Selvon

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Empire State Building to light up in Caribbean Colours

NEW YORK, NY – Caribbean colours will decorate the New York skyline on Wednesday, 6 June, when the Empire State Building honours the region by lighting its world-famous tower in purple, blue, green, orange, red and magenta (pictured from 2017) in celebration of the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s (CTO) Caribbean Week New York 2018 (#CaribbeanWeekNewYork2018, #CWNY18).

“It is an honour that the famous New York City skyline will be colourfully adorned in celebration of Caribbean Week,” Sylma Brown, the director of CTO-US, said.

“We appreciate the on-going support of this annual series of events by lighting the iconic building in the Caribbean’s traditional colours,” she added.

New Yorkers and visitors to the city can share their photos of the Caribbean-themed Empire State Building with CTO via social media using the hashtag #CWNY18 and tagging CTO’s accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as well as the Empire State Building’s pages across Facebook , Instagram and Twitter.

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Antigua to stage referendum on joining Caribbean Court of Justice this year

The Antigua and Barbuda government last Wednesday said that it intends to hold a referendum within the next four months on whether or not the island will adopt the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as its final court.

Attorney General Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin, speaking at a special sitting of the High Court to mark the retirement of Sir Dennis Byron, the second Caribbean national to serve as President of the CCJ, said that he had been given instructions by Prime Minister Gaston Browne to pursue the initiative.

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