Belize co-champions coral reef action for Commonwealth Blue Charter
- Jun 21, 2019 - 5:10:25 PM
‘Champion’ countries of the Commonwealth Blue Charter are laying the
groundwork for joint action and robust, innovative strategies to tackle
the world’s most pressing ocean issues.
Belize is one of 12
countries which has stepped forward to lead nine ‘action groups’ under
the Blue Charter – a commitment made by the 53 Commonwealth member
states to work together to solve ocean-related problems...
New international labour standard to combat violence, harassment, at work agreed
- Jun 21, 2019 - 9:57:15 AM
A new Convention and accompanying Recommendation to combat violence and
harassment in the world of work have been adopted by the International
Labour Conference (ILC).
The Violence and Harassment Convention,
2019, and Violence and Harassment Recommendation, 2019, were adopted by
delegates on the final day of the Centenary International Labour
Conference, in Geneva. For the Convention, 439 votes were cast in
favour, seven against, with 30 abstentions...
Message from OAS Secretary General on World Refugee Day
- Jun 20, 2019 - 1:42:25 PM
Today, World Refugee Day, is not a reason to celebrate for the more than
4 million Venezuelans who have fled from hunger, disease, and the
persecution of the inhuman dictatorship of Maduro...
U.S. Secretary of State releases 2019 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report
- Jun 20, 2019 - 11:17:46 AM
Human trafficking is one of the most heinous crimes on Earth. Right now
traffickers are robbing a staggering 24.9 million people of their
freedom and basic human dignity—that’s roughly three times the
population of New York City. We must band together and build momentum to
defeat human trafficking. We must hold the perpetrators of this heinous
crime accountable. We must achieve justice for survivors as they
rebuild their lives...
St. Lucia's Prime Minister attends CATA Conference
- Jun 19, 2019 - 5:51:52 PM
The Commonwealth Association of Tax Administrators (CATA) is currently
holding a conference under the theme “The Future of Tax” which explores,
among other issues, “what the tax policy environment will look like in
2025 and beyond.”
Prime Minister and Minister for Finance,
Economic Growth, Job Creation, External Affairs and the Public Service,
Honourable Allen Michael Chastanet, is currently attending the two-day
conference in London, along with Saint Lucia’s High Commissioner to the
UK, H.E. Guy Mayers...
The Global Covenant of Mayors was launched in the Caribbean
- Jun 19, 2019 - 10:26:15 AM
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. The Global Covenant of Mayors for
Climate and Energy (GCoM) was launched in the Caribbean region in Port
of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago), during the Caribbean Urban Forum (CUF
2019). The GCoM is an international coalition of city leaders committed
to raising the global ambition for climate action. The Global Covenant
of Mayors for Climate & Energy in Latin America and the Caribbean
(GCoM-LAC) aims to support the efforts of local governments in the
region to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and make their
communities more resilient toward the effects of climate change...
Fisheries Ministers underscore need for urgent response to Sargassum scourge and IUU fishing
- Jun 18, 2019 - 7:00:11 PM
Caribbean Fisheries Ministers who met for two days last week in Saint
Kitts and Nevis have underscored the need for the region to take urgent
action to address the ongoing Sargassum scourge, as well as Illegal,
Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing—two of the most pressing
challenges responsible for multimillion-dollar losses to the regional
Honourable Eugene Hamilton, Minister of Agriculture,
Health, National Health Insurance, Human Settlements, Community
Development, Gender Affairs, Social Services, Land and Cooperatives...
Caribbean Entrepreneur Challenge
- Jun 17, 2019 - 11:00:44 AM
Over the past 5 months young entrepreneurs have been battling it out to
secure a place in the final of the Caribbean Entrepreneur Challenge
(CEC), a component of the Trade Enhancement for the Eastern Caribbean
(TEECA) project, hosted by the Martinique Chamber of Commerce and
Industry, the CTM, the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States and
supported by the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export),
with funding by the European Regional Development Fund through the
Fourth Sitting of the OECS Assembly
- Jun 17, 2019 - 9:20:52 AM
Prime Minister Honourable Allen Michael Chastanet is currently attending
the Fourth Sitting of the OECS Assembly at the Parliament Building in
St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda.
Today’s session will include
statements on the occasion of its accession to the Revised Treaty of
Basseterre by Guadeloupe and on the election of Saint Vincent and the
Grenadines to the United Nations Security Council...
Duke of Sussex presents innovation awards at Commonwealth 70th anniversary garden party
- Jun 15, 2019 - 5:05:52 PM
Duke of Sussex presents innovation awards at Commonwealth 70th anniversary garden party
Duke of Sussex has today presented special prizes to innovators in
international development at a garden party celebrating the
Commonwealth’s 70th anniversary.
A campaigner against
gender-based violence, an inventor of life-saving medical devices and
the boss of a pioneering recycling company...
Caribbean Export continues to support trade
- Jun 12, 2019 - 10:45:23 AM
Supporting regional trade is central to the work of the Caribbean Export
Development Agency (Caribbean Export). Caribbean Export in
collaboration with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale
Zusammenarbeit GmbH or GIZ in short, supported the participation of four
CARIFORUM companies to exhibit at the recently held Jamaica
International Exhibition (JIE) at the Montego Bay Convention Centre from
May 30 to June 1, 2019.
“Participation in the JIE enabled us to
gain meaningful feedback on our new product line and promote our
existing teas with various key players in the Jamaican market...
OAS Secretary General Condemns Antisemitic Attack in Rosario, Argentina
- Jun 11, 2019 - 1:20:21 PM
The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis
Almagro, today condemned the attack against Rabbi Shlomo Tawil in
The Secretary General denounced the attack
and expressed his solidarity with Tawil and his family. "From the OAS we
strongly condemn antisemitism in any form," said Almagro...
Government of Saint Lucia - Sitting of the House of Parliament
- Jun 11, 2019 - 8:15:36 AM
A Sitting of the House of Assembly is scheduled for Tuesday, June 11th,
2019 with Papers to be laid by the Honourable Prime Minister and
Minister for Finance, Economic Growth, Job Creation, External Affairs
and the Public Service, the Honourable Minister for Education,
Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development, the Honourable
Minister for Economic Development, Housing, Urban Renewal, Transport
and Civil Aviation, the Honourable Minister for Tourism...
Island Yogurt Earns Top Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence
- Jun 8, 2019 - 12:30:17 PM
Freeport small business recognized by the world’s largest travel platform for customer service excellence.
Yogurt co-owners, Paul and Kimberley Brown were elated to receive a
2019 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence. The certificate is awarded
to businesses based on consistently great reviews received on Trip
Advisor. Kimberley Brown exclaims, “We are very humbled to be
recognized because we pride ourselves on delivering the best customer
experience to everyone who walks into Island Yogurt...
Nomad, by UWI-Barbados professor Yvonne Weekes, published in St. Martin in time for Book Fair 2019
- Jun 6, 2019 - 10:50:49 AM
Nomad by Yvonne Weekes was just published here by House of Nehesi
Publishers (HNP), in time for the 17th annual St. Martin Book Fair, said
HNP president Jacqueline Sample.
Nomad is a poetry collection of “stubborn grit,” said New York-based
scholar George Irish. Hot off the press, Nomad—and the novel Plastered
in Pretty by Vincentian Natasha Marks—is a featured book at the opening
ceremony of the literary festival on Thursday, June 6, said Sample.
Dr. Weekes, one of 26 guest authors and workshop coordinators of the St.
Martin Book Fair, is a theater arts lecturer at The University of the
West Indies in Barbados...
Caribbean Records Robust Growth in the First Quarter of 2019
- Jun 6, 2019 - 10:20:29 AM
Spurred on by a 24 per cent rise in arrivals from the United States, the
Caribbean recorded a healthy 12 per cent increase in tourist arrivals
during the first quarter of 2019, according to statistics compiled by
the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO). In updating the media on the
region's performance at a news conference this morning hosted at the
Wyndham New Yorker Hotel as part of Caribbean Week New York
(#CWNY2019), CTO chairman Dominic Fedee revealed that between January
Caribbean Countries agree to protect endangered largetooth sawfish
- Jun 5, 2019 - 6:47:16 PM
Today, on World Environment Day, the critically endangered largetooth
sawfish gained a lifeline as Caribbean countries unanimously agreed to
add the species to Annex II of the Specially Protected Areas and
Wildlife (SPAW) Protocol under the Cartagena Convention. Seventeen
member governments are thereby obligated to impose strict national
protections for the species and cooperate regionally to recover
St. Lucia's Prime Minister is Panelist for CDB high level discussion on Vulnerability and Resilience
- Jun 5, 2019 - 12:00:23 PM
Prime Minister Honourable Allen M. Chastanet continues to lead the
charge for the Caribbean when it comes to sustainable development and
the impact of Climate Change. The Prime Minister will participate in a
high-level panel discussion under the theme “Vulnerability to
Resilience: You Choose” at the Caribbean Development Bank’s 49th Annual
Meeting of the Board of Governors.
The June 5th to June 6th
meeting is being held at the Hyatt Regency in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad
and Tobago, with the panel discussion being led by Honourable Camille
Robinson-Regis, Trinidad’s Minister of Planning and Development...
ViaSat and the OAS join efforts to reduce the digital divide in the Americas
- Jun 4, 2019 - 4:56:40 PM
The satellite services company ViaSat officially joined today the 2030
ICT Alliance, an initiative led by the Inter-American Telecommunications
Commission (CITEL) of the Organization of American States. This
alliance seeks to connect 1.5 billion people globally by 2020, connect
all public schools to the internet to by 2030, promote digital training,
develop talents for the digital economy, and strengthen democratic
participation through new technologies.
During the signing of the
agreement, the Vice President and General Manager of ViaSat Inc,
Prakash Chitre, highlighted the company´s work in operating community
Wi-Fi services “in thousands of previously unattended communities...
Commonwealth Secretary-General outlines robust framework to stamp out corruption
- Jun 4, 2019 - 12:52:36 PM
Secretary-General Patricia Scotland has outlined a framework to help
member countries investigate and prosecute corruption offences, which
cost the global economy around $2 trillion a year.
Commonwealth Anti-Corruption Benchmarks framework is currently being
developed by the Secretariat in consultation with member countries. The
framework would provide clear steps to promote integrity and combat
graft within public and private sectors...