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UN treaty regulating global arms trade set to enter into force

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.

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Heavy Rainfall in St Vincent and the Grenadines and Saint Lucia - Situation Report # 1 as of 6.00 pm on Saturday 06th 2014

Message: Torrential Rains from a trough system caused flooding, landslides and damage to housing and infrastructure in St Vincent and the Grenadines and Saint Lucia . The E.T Joshua Airport in St Vincent and the Grenadines flooded and has been closed until further notice.

St Vincent and the Grenadines

The Situation

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Ending Violence Against Children: Six Strategies for Action

The Goal

This report has a simple and urgent goal: to connect decision-makers and relevant actors with strategies that prevent and respond to violence in the lives of children.

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OFDA Boletín del mes de Agosto 2014

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

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UNICEF and The OECS deepen cooperation to advance Child and Social Development in the region

OECS Commission, Castries Saint Lucia, August 27th 2014 - The OECS and UNICEF deepened their collaborative efforts on Tuesday August 26th 2014 through the signing of a new Programme Cooperation Agreement to the tune of US$1.165M.

This agreement is expected to further facilitate protection programmes in the region regarding the rights of children. Education and Lifelong Learning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Social Statistics, Early Childhood Education as well as Child and Social Protection are the intervention areas in the new Programme Cooperation Agreement (PCA).

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Putting the Littlest Disaster Victims on the Caribbean’s Climate Agenda

By Desmond Brown

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Aug 12 2014 (IPS) - Children are often the forgotten ones when policy-makers map out strategies to deal with climate change, even as they are least capable of fending for themselves in times of trouble.

According to David Popo, head of the Social Policy Unit at the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). “Very often when we speak about poverty reduction we are not seeing children, children are invisible in terms of development.

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Caribbean Governments Now Insured Against Excess Rainfall

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, August 4, 2014 – The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) is pleased to announce that eight of its members have become the first countries to purchase its excess rainfall insurance coverage – for the 2014/2015 policy year.

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Caribbean Grapples with Intense New Cycles of Flooding and Drought

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Jul 18 2014 (IPS) - As unpredictable weather patterns impact water availability and quality in St. Lucia, the Caribbean island is moving to build resilience to climate-related stresses in its water sector.

Dr. Paulette Bynoe, a specialist in community-based disaster risk management, climate change adaptation policy and environmental management, says integrated water resource management is critical.

“We have been making progress…making professionals and other important stakeholders aware of the issue. That is the first step,” she told IPS.

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OECS Provides Assistance for Climate Related Training to the Water Sector in Saint Lucia

OECS Commission, Castries Saint Lucia - The OECS Commission will host a three day workshop on Hydro-Climatic Disasters in Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) from July 8-10, 2014 at the Conference Room of the National Emergency Management in Bisee, Castries, Saint Lucia.

The workshop will be delivered by Dr Paulette Bynoe, Director of the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Guyana. Dr Bynoe is also a specialist in the areas of community based disaster risk management, climate change adaptation policy, and environmental management.

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Outstanding CDEMA Contributions To Be Addressed

by Julia Rawlins-Bentham

Countries in the region are being called upon to address the $1.2 million in outstanding contributions owed to the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA).

Minister of Home Affairs, Adriel Brathwaite, made the call, stressing that CDEMA could do a lot more for countries in the region if it was given the necessary resources.

He was at the time speaking during the opening ceremony of the Fifth Meeting of the Council of CDEMA at Hilton Barbados recently.

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Disaster-Prone Caribbean Looks to Better Financing

By Desmond BrownKINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, Jun 15 2014 (IPS) - A freak storm, followed by heavy floods in December 2013, will go down in history as the most destructive natural disaster to have hit the Caribbean island nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, with reported total damages and losses of at least 103 million dollars.

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Strengthening Disaster Risk Management in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries

World Bank

Since its inception in 2011, the African, Caribbean and Pacific-European Union Natural Disaster Risk Reduction Program (ACP-EU NDRR) has come a long way in addressing its objectives of prevention, mitigation and preparedness to natural hazards in ACP countries. Only in the last six months, the Program launched four projects worth around $4.5 million, and supported four post-disaster response activities in Burundi, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia and Tonga, adding to the growing Program portfolio totaling 50 projects across Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific.

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UWI Seismic Research Centre receives funding to strengthen earthquake monitoring

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.

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Saint Lucia records first case of Chikungunya

by Glen Simon, Ministry of Health

The public warned against inadvertently creating breeding sites for the mosquito

Saint Lucia has recorded its first confirmed case of Chikungunya. Chikungunya is a mosquito borne disease transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is the same vector that transmits dengue fever.