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29 May 2015 description
report Inter Press Service

By Desmond Brown

NASSAU, May 29 2015 (IPS) - Small Island Developing States (SIDS) have championed the phrase “1.5 to stay alive” in demanding that global temperature increases be kept as far below 1.5 degrees C as possible to limit the anticipated devastating effects of climate change on the world’s most vulnerable countries.

11 May 2015 description
report Inter Press Service

By Desmond Brown

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.

24 Mar 2015 description

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.

27 Dec 2014 description

Un groupe de 112 immigrants-es haïtiens dont 93 hommes et 19 femmes ont été arrêtés à bord d’un bateau près de l'île Great Exuma, aux Bahamas, le jeudi 25 décembre 2014. Leur embarcation a été interceptée par la Force de défense royale de cet Archipel aux 700 îles et îlots situés dans l’océan Atlantique, a appris le GARR.

Selon un communiqué du gouvernement, les 112 ressortissants-es haïtiens seraient transférés à Nassau, la capitale des Bahamas, pour être déportés ensuite en Haïti.

01 Dec 2014 description

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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.

14 Nov 2014 description

Le Centre Robert F. Kennedy (RFK) a exprimé ses inquiétudes par rapport à l’application discriminatoire de nouvelles politiques d’immigration aux Bahamas. Selon les informations collectées par cet organisme de droits humains, les agents de l’immigration bahamienne ont mené des raids d’arrestation massive au sein de la communauté migrante haïtienne aux Bahamas, les 1er et 2 novembre 2014. Ils ont par la suite augmenté leur présence aux alentours des écoles publiques où il y a une forte concentration d’élèves nés de parents haïtiens.

04 Nov 2014 description

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.

02 Nov 2014 description

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.

17 Oct 2014 description

The countries of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) are highly vulnerable to a range of natural hazards, including droughts, earthquakes, forest fires, floods, hurricanes, landslides, and volcanic eruptions. Between FY 2005 and FY 2014, USAID provided nearly $986 million for emergency humanitarian assistance to affected populations in the LAC region. Of the total, USAID’s Office of U.S.

26 Sep 2014 description
report UN News Service

25 September 2014 – Less than two years after its adoption by the United Nations General Assembly, the Arms Trade Treaty has now received the 50 ratifications needed to trigger its entry into force, the world body announced today.

The threshold of 50 ratifications was reached earlier today at a joint ceremony held as part of the 2014 Treaty Event – an annual undertaking on the margins of the Assembly’s high-level debate that seeks to promote wider participation in the multilateral treaty framework.

31 Aug 2014 description

Nuevos ‘small grants” del RDAP fortalecerán la RRD comunitaria

Los cinco proyectos nuevos, descritos abajo, están programados para concluir este diciembre.

COLOMBIA—Desarrollando un sistema de alerta temprana para las inundaciones

25 Aug 2014 description

08/26/2014 22:58 GMT

MIAMI, August 26, 2014 (AFP) - Strengthening Hurricane Cristobal killed at least four people in the Caribbean and then trained its deadly sights Tuesday on the holiday paradise of Bermuda, officials and meteorologists said.

The storm dumped torrential rain on the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos Islands and Dominican Republic, triggering flooding and killing four people, authorities there said.

25 Aug 2014 description
  • CRISTOBAL formed on 23 August in the Caribbean, near the Turks and Caicos. On 25 August, 6.00 UTC, it was a Tropical Storm with maximum sustained wind speed of 85 km/h and its centre was located over water, east of the Bahamas, approximately 160 km north-west of the island of San Salvador. In the following 48 h, it is expected to move north-north-east, away from land, slightly intensifying.

12 Aug 2014 description
report Inter Press Service

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.”

08 Jul 2014 description

Les autorités bahamiennes ont annoncé, le 7 juillet 2014, la détention de 34 migrants-es haïtiens dont 15 hommes, 18 femmes et une fillette. Arrivés aux Bahamas à bord d’une embarcation à voile, le dimanche 6 juin dernier, ces Haïtiens/Haïtiennes ont été arrêtés sur les rives de ‘’Abacos Island’’, l’une des îles de l’archipel des Bahamas, a appris le GARR.

08 Jul 2014 description

Authored by: Hon. Kenred Dorsett M.P.

Source: Ministry of the Environment and Housing

Date: July 7, 2014

I wish to bring further attention and awareness of the threat posed to The Bahamas by the Chikungunya Virus.

08 Jul 2014 description

Bahamas Information Services

The Ministry of Health wishes to advise the public of a confirmed imported case of Chikungunya Fever. The case occurred in an adult visitor who travelled to The Bahamas from the Dominican Republic on June 29, 2014. His symptoms reportedly began the day before travel to The Bahamas. He was seen at the Princess Margaret Hospital on June 30, 2014 and was subsequently tested. A confirmed positive test was received on July 4, 2014. The patient has been treated and is presently recovering well.