Commonwealth and Malta to establish new desk to enhance voluntary sector
- May 5, 2019 - 11:27:06 AM
A new agreement between the Commonwealth and the Government of Malta
will promote the sharing of knowledge and solutions to strengthen the
voluntary sector in member countries.
Arjoon Suddhoo and the Chairman of the Malta Council for the Voluntary
Sector (MCVS) Noel Camilleri signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU)
in a meeting today. The MoU outlines the principles of cooperation
between the two parties...
5 countries in the Caribbean region adopt the Antigua and Barbuda Declaration on School Safety
- May 1, 2019 - 8:35:09 AM
Five (5) countries: Curacao, Grenada, Jamaica, Sint Marteen and Suriname
adhered to the Caribbean Safe School Initiative and adopt the Antigua
and Barbuda Declaration on School Safety during the 2nd Caribbean Safe
School Ministerial Forum. The forum was held from April 29 to 30, 2019
in Kingstown and hosted by the Ministry of Education, National
Reconciliation, Ecclesiastical Affairs and Information...
Office of the Prime Minister of Saint Lucia: New Senator sworn in
- Apr 30, 2019 - 3:00:44 PM
As the Senate met on Tuesday, April 30th 2019, to consider a Motion for
the financing of the 2019/2020 Budget, a new Senator was sworn in. Mr.
Francisco Jn Pierre, from the community of Laborie, took the Oath to
become a Senator within the Parliament of Saint Lucia.
Senator Jn Pierre, currently a taxi operator, most recently was the
Assistant Manager (Loans) at the Laborie Co-operative Credit Union. He
serves on the Board of the Southern Taxi Company and has for years been
an advocate for taxi drivers in the south...
Secretary-General calls for climate action as new cyclone devastates Mozambique
- Apr 26, 2019 - 12:35:15 PM
The Commonwealth Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland, has expressed her
profound sadness at the devastation caused by Cyclone Kenneth which has
ravaged Mozambique today.
She said: “Our thoughts and prayers
are with all those affected by Cyclone Kenneth in Mozambique, the
strongest cyclone yet to have hit the country...
OAS to support Attorney General of the Dominican Republic to Implement New Penitentiary Model
- Apr 26, 2019 - 10:41:12 AM
The General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) and
the Attorney General of the Dominican Republic (PGR) today signed a
cooperation agreement to strengthen the PGR's capacity to promote
Through agreement, the Department of Public
Security (DPS) of the OAS will support the PGR through the exchange of
experiences and the design and implementation of strategies to
strengthen and consolidate the progress that the Dominican Republic has
made in the modernization of its penitentiary system...
Costa Rica Signs Inter-American Convention Against All Forms of Discrimination and Intolerance at the OAS
- Apr 25, 2019 - 5:40:01 PM
Costa Rica signed, at the headquarters of the Organization of American
States (OAS), the Inter-American Convention against All Forms of
Discrimination and Intolerance. The Central American country joins
Argentina, Chile, Ecuador and Uruguay, as the fifth nation in the
Americas to have signed all conventions related to human rights
of Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica, Manuel Ventura Robles, said that with
the signing of this Convention Costa Rica fulfills "a debt we had with
the Inter-American Human Rights System and we wanted to comply with it
as soon as possible."...
Commonwealth releases striking photographs from the archives to mark 70th anniversary
- Apr 24, 2019 - 5:15:24 PM
The Commonwealth is celebrating its 70th anniversary by releasing a series of photographs documenting the association’s history.
The modern Commonwealth came into being 70 years ago with the London Declaration, signed on 26 April, 1949.
the Commonwealth, organisations are celebrating the 70th Anniversary
with a series of events, conferences, competitions and workshops
throughout the next year.
But how was the Commonwealth formed? How has it changed over the last seven decades? And crucially...
St. Vincent and the Grenadines to host 2nd Caribbean Safe School Ministerial Forum focused on education sector resilience
- Apr 24, 2019 - 3:05:16 PM
Ministers of Education, officials in the education sector as well as
regional and international partners will convene in St. Vincent and the
Grenadines for the second Caribbean Safe School Ministerial Forum. The
forum will be held from April 29 to 30, 2019 in Kingstown and hosted by
the Ministry of Education, National Reconciliation, Ecclesiastical
Affairs and Information.
In April 2017, the first Caribbean Safe
School Ministerial Forum was held in Antigua and Barbuda...
Commonwealth Foundation appoints Anne Gallagher as Director-General
- Apr 23, 2019 - 9:45:21 PM
Following a rigorous selection process and approval from its 46 member
states, Anne Therese Gallagher AO has been announced as the new
Director-General of the Commonwealth Foundation, the Commonwealth’s
agency for civil society. Ms Gallagher will assume the role in June 2019
at the Foundation’s offices in Marlborough House, London.
its relaunch in 2012, The Foundation has been developing the capacity of
civil society to play its part in making policy and institutions more
responsive and accountable to people’s needs...
Social Enterprise Award added to The CTOo’s Sustainable Tourism Awards Programme
- Apr 23, 2019 - 11:05:46 AM
Caribbean enterprises that act as social change agents through tourism
innovation will be recognised by the region’s tourism development
The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) is this year
introducing the Tourism Social Enterprise award to its sustainable
tourism awards programme...
Secretary-General expresses condolences, solidarity in wake of Sri Lanka attacks
- Apr 22, 2019 - 9:54:00 AM
Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland today expressed her
revulsion at the appalling news of the horrendous and mindless
coordinated set of terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka.
Scotland said: “On behalf of the Commonwealth family of 53 nations I
wish to convey my deepest condolences to the families of the victims,
the Government and the people of Sri Lanka...
CCJ Celebrates 14 Years
- Apr 16, 2019 - 2:10:48 PM
The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) is celebrating 14 years of its
operations on Tuesday, 16th April 2019. The Court is marking this
occasion with activities throughout the week. Today, to commemorate the
actual day of the anniversary, the CCJ launched its 2019 Rules of Court
for the Original and Appellate Jurisdictions. The Rules of the Court are
reviewed every two years and the revisions help to further reduce
delay, ensure greater clarity and support advances in court
administration. The judges and the staff of the CCJ held a small
ceremony to celebrate the anniversary and to witness the signing of the
Thousands of Saint Lucians to benefit from Tax Savings under Personal Income Tax Reform
- Apr 16, 2019 - 11:00:32 AM
In a Budget Address that centred on people-centric growth and bringing
relief to Saint Lucians, Prime Minister Honourable Allen Michael
Chastanet announced Personal Income Tax Reform that would see thousands
of low income earners pay less and in some cases no personal income
This is a bold initiative and in keeping with the Government’s promise of less onerous taxes on the people of Saint Lucia...
OAS and Latin American Federation of Banks to Cooperate on Cybersecurity
- Apr 15, 2019 - 8:03:09 PM
The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Latin American
Federation of Banks (FELABAN) today signed a cooperation agreement for
capacity development on cybersecurity in Latin America, at a ceremony
held at the headquarters of the hemispheric institution in Washington
General Secretary of FELABAN Giorgio Trettenero said the
agreement "will allow us to unite efforts in a topic of high impact and
importance for the banking of the region such as cybersecurity". He also
recalled that during a recent strategic planning meeting of FELABAN
"Cybersecurity was the issue of highest priority and importance of the
management agenda of the institution."
Pigs of Paradise wins international award
- Apr 15, 2019 - 10:36:40 AM
Author of bestselling book based on the World-Famous Swimming Pigs
to be presented with bronze medal at the 23rd Annual Independent Book Publishing Awards in New York City
bestselling hardcover on The Bahamas’ beloved swimming pigs has been
selected by an international body as one of the best books of the year...
OAS and Regional Alliance for Free Expression and Information will work together in the Defense of Fundamental Rights
- Apr 12, 2019 - 6:24:32 PM
The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Regional Alliance for
Free Expression and Information today signed an agreement to work
together in the defense of fundamental rights such as free expression
and access to information in the Hemisphere.
member of the Executive Secretariat of the Alliance said the slogan of
the OAS of “more rights for more people” should be taken on by civil
society. “At the Regional Alliance we have been working hand in hand
with the OAS promoting freedom of expression and related rights...
Workshop on Improving the Business Climate by Strengthening Procedures to Start a Business in the Caribbean
- Apr 12, 2019 - 11:50:32 AM
Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export), in partnership
with the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Caribbean Association of
Investment Promotion Agencies (CAIPA), has set its sight on improving
the business climate in the Caribbean with a focus on strengthening the
procedures to start a business in the Region.
convened a two-day workshop at the Radisson Aquatica Hotel in Barbados
from 9-10th April 2019) to discuss the region’s business climate...
Committee of Experts expresses concern over the statements of the Vice President of Guatemala
- Apr 12, 2019 - 11:19:27 AM
The Committee of Experts of the Follow-up Mechanism to the
Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment and Eradication
of Violence against Women "Belém do Pará Convention" (MESECVI) expresses
deep concern at the statements made by the Vice President of Guatemala,
Jafeth Cabrera, who normalized, diminished and ignored the seriousness
of violence against women during a speech at the Secretariat for the
Executive Coordination of the Presidency...
Caribbean Animators Learn, Earn and Display at KingstOOn 3
- Apr 12, 2019 - 9:29:07 AM
Caribbean animators had the opportunity to showcase their skills to an
audience of local, regional and international players in the content and
technology industry and access seed funding for their animated concepts
thanks to the KingstOOn 3 Animation Festival which was held in Jamaica
April 5 -7, 2019.
Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean
Export) supported the participation of three animators: Barbadian
Joshua Clarke, Alain Bidard from Martinique and St. Lucian Tevin Loctar...