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  • Photo of CARICOM’s rich biodiversity remains answer to several sustainable development challenges

    CARICOM’s rich biodiversity remains answer to several sustainable development challenges

    Today is International Day for Biological Diversity. Please read below a CARICOM Secretariat message to mark the occasion: The Caribbean Community Secretariat joins the regional and international community in celebration of International Day for Biological Diversity. This year’s global celebrations bring a renewed sense of hope with the adoption of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework at the 15th Conference of…

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  • Photo of Global temperatures set to reach new records in next five years

    Global temperatures set to reach new records in next five years

    (World Meteorological Organisation Press Release) – Global temperatures are likely to surge to record levels in the next five years, fuelled by heat-trapping greenhouse gases and a naturally occurring El Niño event, according to a new update issued by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).  There is a 66% likelihood that the annual average near-surface global temperature between 2023 and 2027 will be more…

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  • Photo of Keynote Address by CARICOM Secretary-General at ‘CARICOM at Fifty’ Symposium

    Keynote Address by CARICOM Secretary-General at ‘CARICOM at Fifty’ Symposium

    CARICOM Secretary-General, Dr. Carla Barnett, delivered the keynote address Friday morning (14 April 2023) at the opening ceremony of a symposium to mark the 50th anniversary of the Caribbean Community being observed this year. The virtual symposium, titled ‘CARICOM at the Crossroads: Rising to the Challenge of a New Era’, was organised by the CARICOM Secretariat in collaboration with the…

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  • Photo of Regional Symposium addressing Crime and Violence as a Public Health Issue begins Monday

    Regional Symposium addressing Crime and Violence as a Public Health Issue begins Monday

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago will hold a Regional Symposium addressing Crime and Violence as a Public Health Issue, 17-18 April 2023, at the Hyatt Regency, Trinidad and Tobago. Under the theme, ‘Violence as a Public Health Issue – The Crime Challenge’, the symposium seeks to promote dialogue and regional action…

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  • Photo of CARICOM, United Kingdom commit to closer cooperation

    CARICOM, United Kingdom commit to closer cooperation

    The Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Dr. Carla Barnett, has called for stronger commitments by the international community to reverse the impacts of global warming, which threatens the very survival of Small Island Developing States (SIDS). She also called for SIDS to have access to concessional development financing, based on their special circumstances, which include their vulnerability to catastrophic climate-related…

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  • Photo of CARICOM Secretariat’s energy use under state-of-the-art energy management system

    CARICOM Secretariat’s energy use under state-of-the-art energy management system

    (CARICOM Secretariat, Georgetown, Guyana) – Energy at the CARICOM Secretariat is now managed through a state-of-the-art Building Energy Management System (BEMS). This information technology allows the tracking of energy supplied and used by the national grid and from the Solar Photovoltaic Power Generation Plant, which was constructed on the grounds of the CARICOM Secretariat. The staff of the Information Integrated…

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  • Photo of CARICOM negotiating strategy hailed as Ocean Biodiversity Treaty agreed

    CARICOM negotiating strategy hailed as Ocean Biodiversity Treaty agreed

    CARICOM negotiators have hailed the just-concluded agreement for the historic Ocean Biodiversity Treaty as an excellent example of the success that can be achieved when we work as one Region, with one voice. The negotiations for the historic Treaty on Conservation and Sustainable use of Marine Biodiversity Areas, Beyond National Jurisdictions, concluded on 4 March 2023 at the United Nations…

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  • Photo of CARICOM had strong team at ocean biodiversity treaty negotiations

    CARICOM had strong team at ocean biodiversity treaty negotiations

    CARICOM’s strong negotiating team for the just-agreed Marine Biodiversity of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction treaty (BBNJ) comprised representatives of the Region’s Permanent Missions to the United Nations and capital base experts supported by scientific and legal experts drawn from the regional institutions (the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (and the University of the West Indies) with the CARICOM Secretariat providing technical,…

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  • Photo of Treaty launches new chapter for equity in world’s ocean

    Treaty launches new chapter for equity in world’s ocean

    March 4, 2023 marked a historic moment for the world’s oceans. After a marathon of intense, sometimes overnight negotiations, Member States of the United Nations agreed on the provisions of the ocean biodiversity treaty on the conservation and sustainable use of marine Biodiversity of areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ). With this treaty, a new chapter for equity in the world’s…

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  • Photo of CARICOM Statement On The Legally Binding Instrument Of The Conservation And Sustainable Use Of Marine Biodiversity Of Areas Beyond National Jurisdictions (BBNJ)

    CARICOM Statement On The Legally Binding Instrument Of The Conservation And Sustainable Use Of Marine Biodiversity Of Areas Beyond National Jurisdictions (BBNJ)

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) remains deeply concerned that human actions, including the emissions of greenhouse gases, have led to the rapid ongoing decline of marine ecosystems from coastal to deep sea, with particularly acute and large historical losses in coastal marine ecosystems. The Community is also concerned that the human influence on the degradation and alteration of the world’s ocean…

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