UNDP & UN-OHRLLS Discussion Paper
Written by Gail Hurley, Policy Specialist on Development Finance
Caribbean countries suffer loss from natural hazards almost on an annual basis. The risk of this is heightened during the wet season by the passage of tropical storms and hurricanes during the period from June to November which can result in significant loss of life, livelihoods and human and economic development.
FORT-DE-FRANCE, Martinique, May 9 2015 (IPS) - Caribbean leaders on Saturday further advanced their policy position on climate change ahead of the 21st Conference of Parties, also known as COP 21, scheduled for Paris during November and December of this year.
The position of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), 14 independent countries, was put forward by the group’s chairman, Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie, during a meeting here with French President François Hollande.
A large-scale tsunami response exercise will take place in the Caribbean on 25 March. The purpose of this exercise is to test the Tsunami and other Coastal Hazards Warning System for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions, established in 2005 under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO). It is designed to evaluate the response capacity of Caribbean countries and adjacent regions* in the event of a dangerous tsunami. The organizers** of the test have prepared two scenarii.
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Working environment The intensification of several humanitarian crises in Africa and in the Middle East is keeping global resettlement needs high. Thanks to the generosity of countries such as the United States and Canada, which have large resettlement programmes, many vulnerable refugees are able to find a solution to their plight.
Campaign to improve gender equality in Burkina Faso pgs. 1-3
Five rural women share their stories pgs. 4-6
Joint UN efforts to empower women farmers pg. 7
News, upcoming events, recent reports and contacts pg. 8
By Desmond Brown
GUNTHORPES, Antigua, Nov 7 2014 (IPS) - As concern mounts over food security, two community groups are on a drive to mobilise average people across Antigua and Barbuda to mitigate and adapt in the wake of global climate change, which is affecting local weather patterns and by extension, agricultural production.
“I want at least 10,000 people in Antigua and Barbuda to join with me in this process of trying to mitigate against the effects of climate change,” Dr. Evelyn Weekes told IPS.
Inflación mensual de alimentos de América Latina y el Caribe alcanzó 1.2% en septiembre
El aumento de 0,4 puntos porcentuales respecto a agosto llevó la inflación alimentaria regional a uno de los valores más altos en lo que va del año
Santiago de Chile, 3 de noviembre de 2014 – La inflación alimentaria de América Latina y el Caribe ha aumentado de forma continua desde junio, alcanzando 1.2% en septiembre, uno de los valores más altos en lo que va de 2014, señaló hoy la FAO.
Bridgetown, Barbados, October 31, 2014 (CDEMA) - Disaster Management in the Caribbean region is getting a boost with a 20 million euro grant from the European Union. The funding has been secured under the ACP-EU CARIFORUM Natural Disaster Risk Management Programme, which will be implemented over a five year period (2014-2019) by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), the Caribbean Development Bank and the Dominican Republic.
Hurricane Gonzalo impacted five (5) CDEMA Participating States but to date there have been no requests for CDEMA’s assistance or support.
Tropical Storm Gonzalo continues to strengthen as it moves across the Northern Leeward Islands. At 2.00 pm today, October 13, 2014 Tropical Storm Warnings remain in effect for Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat and St Kitts/Nevis. A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the British Virgin Islands and a Hurricane Watch for Anguilla.
Source: Reuters - Tue, 14 Oct 2014 01:18 GMT
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Oct 13 (Reuters) - Hurricane Gonzalo strengthened as it churned through the Caribbean on Monday headed for the British Virgin Islands, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.
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Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States
5th & 6th Plenary Meetings (AM & PM)
APIA, 3 September — Proper management of the world’s vast oceans — the lifeline of the planet — and its rich marine life was vital to end degradation of ecosystems, stem biodiversity loss and ensure the world’s food supply, delegates warned as the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States continued today.
By Thalif Deen
UNITED NATIONS, Aug 11 2014 (IPS) - The world’s 52 small island developing states (SIDS), some in danger of being wiped off the face of the earth because of sea-level rise triggered by climate change, will be the focus of an international conference in the South Pacific island nation of Samoa next month.
Scheduled to take place Sep. 1-2, the conference will provide world leaders with “a first-hand opportunity to experience climate change and poverty challenges of small islands.”
By Desmond Brown
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten, Jul 2 2014 (IPS) - As the costs of climate change continue to mount, officials with the Commonwealth grouping say it is vital that Small Island Developing States (SIDS) stick together on issues such as per capita income classification.
Deputy Commonwealth Secretary General (Economic and Social Development) Deodat Maharaj told IPS the classification affects the ability of countries like Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada and others to access financing from the international financial institutions.
By Desmond Brown
ODRINGTON, Barbuda, Jun 30 2014 (IPS) - The 1,800 residents of the tiny Caribbean island of Barbuda are learning to adapt as climate change proves to be a force to reckon with, disrupting not just the lives of the living but also the resting places of those who died centuries ago.
United States-based archaeologist Dr. Sophia Perdikaris said when Hurricane Georges hit in 1998, it did a lot more than turn the spotlight on the island’s shrinking coastline.
The Ministry of Health would like to notify the general public that it will be intensifying its mosquito control program with immediate effect. This is in keeping with the Ministry’s response to the introduction of Chikungunya Fever into Antigua and Barbuda.
St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago, June 3rd, 2014 - The UWI Seismic Research Centre (UWI-SRC) has embarked on a project to install instruments which will improve understanding of the effects of strong earthquakes in the region.
Funded by the Caribbean Catastrophic Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF), twelve instruments are being installed as part of a regional project which aims to establish a core network of strong motion instruments in the Eastern Caribbean and Jamaica.