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20 Sep 2017 description

The Caribbean has been buffeted by an exceptional number of intense storms and hurricanes this year. In the space of just a few days, Hurricane Irma has been followed by Hurricanes José and Maria, leaving a path of destruction in their wake. Hurricane Irma formed near Cabo Verde towards the end of August and, according to the US National Hurricane Center, was the strongest hurricane on record to form in the Atlantic Ocean.

17 Sep 2017 description

In an effort to coordinate relief for Guyanese nationals affected by Hurricane Irma a Guyana Needs Assessment Team today met with the Guyanese community in St Maarten. The group will travel to Tortola in the British Virgin Islands tomorrow to execute a similar mission.

The Team was warmly received by the Guyanese community despite the difficult circumstances.

07 Sep 2017 description

As the Northern Caribbean region continues to grapple with the effects of Hurricane Irma, Prime Minister of Grenada and Chairman of the Caribbean Community, Dr. the Right Honourable Keith Mitchell, has been in constant communication with the CARICOM Secretary General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, and the Executive Director of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), Mr. Ronald Jackson, as they work together to ensure that the needs of the Islands in the Hurricane Irma’s path are addressed in a timely, efficient and safe manner.

07 Sep 2017 description

L’ouragan Irma est l’un des plus dévastateurs jamais enregistré dans la zone des Caraïbes. Il vient de frapper de plein fouet l’île de Saint-Martin. La préfecture, la gendarmerie et la caserne des pompiers ont été en partie détruites, ainsi que de nombreuses habitations. Saint-Barthélemy a également été touchée.

En revanche la Guadeloupe a été relativement épargnée, repassant en alerte orange. Se déplaçant à une vitesse prodigieuse, l’ouragan s’accompagne de rafales de vent dépassant les 300 km/h, et provoque des vagues de plus de dix mètres de haut sur les côtes.

31 Aug 2017 description

On Friday August 18, 2017, the Civil Defense Commission (CDC) of Guyana reported that, a storm impacted the village of Jawalla in Region 7, Guyana. The village was severely affected by this storm which resulted in damages to property, loss of life and disruption of livelihoods.

28 Aug 2017 description

Resumen de la situación en las Américas

Desde la semana epidemiológica (SE) 44 de 2016 ningún nuevo país o territorio de las Américas confirmó transmisión autóctona vectorial de Zika; por lo que se mantiene en 48 el número de países y territorios de las Américas que confirmaron casos autóctonos por transmisión vectorial de Zika y en cinco el número de países que notificaron casos de Zika transmitidos sexualmente (Figura 1).

26 Aug 2017 description

Situation Summary in the Americas

Since epidemiological week (EW) 44 of 2016, no additional countries or territories of the Americas have confirmed autochthonous, vector-borne transmission of Zika virus disease. To date, 48 countries and territories in the Americas have confirmed autochthonous, vectorborne transmission of Zika virus disease, while five countries have reported sexually transmitted Zika cases.

North America

16 Aug 2017 description

This 12-month report reflects progress against the objectives as well as a revised budget to reflect changes within budgetary lines. The Haiti Red Cross Society began responding to the Zika outbreak in April 2017 through support made available from USAID within this Emergency Appeal. Their work is coordinated from the IFRC Caribbean Cluster office and a revised budget supports their inclusion in this Operation. In addition, the appeal has been extended for an additional 4 months (ending on 31 December 2017).

07 Aug 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Aug 7 2017 (IPS) - Since 2013, Jamaica’s Met Office has been using its Climate Predictability Tool (CPT) to forecast ‘below average’ rainfall or drought across the island. The tool has allowed this northern Caribbean island to accurately predict several dry periods and droughts, including its most destructive episode in 2014 when an estimated one billion dollars in agricultural losses were incurred due to crop failures and wild fires caused by the exceptionally dry conditions.

29 Jul 2017 description

The United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (J-CCCP) is providing support to the Government of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana to advance green economic and sociocultural development.

On July 13, the J-CCCP partnered with the Office of Climate Change to launch the Guyana component of the Government of Japan funded initiative which is providing US$15 million to eight Caribbean countries for climate change adaptation and mitigation.

27 Jul 2017 description

Situation summary in the Americas

Since epidemiological week (EW) 44 of 2016, no additional countries or territories of the Americas have confirmed autochthonous, vector-borne transmission of Zika virus disease. To date, 48 countries and territories in the Americas have confirmed autochthonous, vectorborne transmission of Zika virus disease,while five countries have reported sexually transmitted Zika cases.

The following is a summary of the epidemiological situation by sub-regions.

North America

21 Jul 2017 description


El Instituto de Políticas Públicas en Derechos Humanos del MERCOSUR -en adelante, IPPDH- es una instancia intergubernamental creada en el año 2009 por Decisión del Consejo del Mercado Común (CMC) en el ámbito de la Reunión de Altas Autoridades de Derechos Humanos y Cancillerías del MERCOSUR y Estados Asociados (RAADH) , con sede permanente en la Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, República Argentina.

14 Jul 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

Honduras leads the way, passes law making practise illegal

Heather Barr
Senior Researcher, Women's Rights Division

10 Jul 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund


• UNICEF is now implementing Care and Support activity for families affected by Congenital ZIKV Syndrome in Dominican Republic, Honduras, Guatemala, Brazil and Belize. To date 556 families across the region have benefited from non-clinical care and support interventions.

08 Jul 2017 description

DPI, GUYANA, Friday, July 7, 2017

“We will do all that is within our power to ensure that our people are comfortable, and that they are protected from the vagaries of weather,” this was stated by Minister of State Joseph Harmon at a Post Cabinet Press Briefing today.

Minister of Agriculture Noel Holder and Director General of the CDC Colonel (ret’d) Chabilall Ramsarup today at post cabinet briefing.

05 Jul 2017 description


The United Nations (UN) is adapting its planning and programmes to better help Caribbean countries ensure that no one is left behind in their thrust to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
From Jamaica in the north, through the vibrant islands of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), to Guyana in the south, the Caribbean has demonstrated a wide variety of development achievements and considerable convergence in the challenges countries face.

28 Jun 2017 description

DPI/GINA, GUYANA, Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Regional Democratic Councils (RDCs) of Regions Five and Six are working to bring relief to flood affected communities in their respective regions

25 Jun 2017 description

DPI/GINA, GUYANA, Saturday, June 24, 2017

Minister of Public Infrastructure David Patterson told the media today that the residents in the flood affected communities along the East Coast Demerara (ECD) should start getting relief by midnight tonight(Saturday).

Minister Patterson led a Ministerial Taskforce with Minister of Agriculture, Noel Holder and included engineers, government officials, and media operatives on a visit to assess the flooded communities of Buxton and Vigilance on the ECD, in response to recent heavy rainfalls which have left many communities flooded.