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11 Oct 2019 description
report UN Children's Fund

1 in 4 young women in Latin America and the Caribbean is in union or married before age 18

The region will reach the second highest rates in the world in 2030 if the situation is not reversed

18 Jul 2019 description

The Caribbean region faces an increasingly complex mixed migration phenomenon including asylum seekers, refugees, stateless people, and vulnerable migrants. It is a region of destination and transit for thousands of people, including people needing international protection, each year. To mark World Refugee Day, on June 20 the Caribbean Migration Consultations (CMC), in coordination with representatives from IOM and UNHCR, presented a webinar to work directly with Caribbean governments to discuss effective systems for protecting refugees.

12 Jun 2019 description

Vienna, Austria, June 12, 2019. OFID – the OPEC Fund for International Development – has approved more than US$580 million of new funding to benefit developing countries across the globe. The 167th Session of OFID’s Governing Board approved the funding at the organization’s Vienna headquarters.

The public sector loans, amounting to US$387 million, will support the following projects:

Cuba: West Havana Sanitation and Pluvial Drainage. To reduce environmental pollution and improve health indicators and living conditions, benefiting an estimated 73,000 people. US$ 25,000

19 Apr 2019 description

Washington, DC, 18 April 2019 (PAHO/WHO)- Vaccination Week in the Americas, which is celebrated from April 20-27, is a call to protect the community, with the goal of immunizing 70 million people against vaccine preventable diseases. The initiative, which has been promoted since 2003 by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), aims to raise awareness of the benefits of vaccines and protect people.

12 Apr 2019 description

(Editors: an IFRC media advisory to mark this occasion was issued yesterday in Cannes and Geneva.)

11 Apr 2019 description
report UN Children's Fund

Children, a priority in disaster emergency management and response.

BARBADOS/PANAMA, 08 April 2019 – UNICEF's Latin America and Caribbean Regional Office and the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), signed a Memorandum of Understanding to co-operate on the development of more resilient communities, states and regional actors in preparation for disasters or emergencies in one of the most disaster-prone areas in the world.

03 Mar 2019 description
report Inter Press Service

By Desmond Brown

BRIGDETOWN, Mar 3 2019 (IPS) - Caribbean countries have been signalling their willingness to dedicate time and resources to implement and sustain effective multi-hazard early warning systems.

Most countries located in the hurricane belt face being impacted during the yearly Atlantic Hurricane Season. But all Caribbean countries face another challenge—climate change

28 Feb 2019 description

As the Caribbean is one of the regions most impacted by natural hazards, HIV and non-communicable diseases globally, enhancing community resilience will be the primary focus of the Red Cross in the Caribbean over the next two years. IFRC will support Caribbean National Societies (NS) to ensure that communities are organized and prepared for emergencies, resilient to climate change, and can withstand public health challenges. The Caribbean Office applies an integrated approach to create appropriate linkages between the various initiatives within the countries.

15 Feb 2019 description
report World Bank

WASHINGTON, February 14, 2019 – More than 350,000 people living in vulnerable settlements in the Greater Paramaribo area of Suriname will benefit from a US$35 million flood risk management project approved today by the World Bank’s board of directors. The investment will improve drainage infrastructure and strengthen the Saramacca Canal system.

07 Feb 2019 description

Countries in the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region are vulnerable to a range of natural hazards, including droughts, earthquakes, forest fires, floods, hurricanes, and volcanic eruptions, as well as political and economic crises. Between FY 2009 and FY 2018, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/ OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/ FFP) provided humanitarian assistance in response to a diverse range of emergencies in the region.

05 Feb 2019 description
report Inter Press Service

By Desmond Brown

IPS correspondent Desmond Brown interviews DOUGLAS SLATER, Assistant Secretary General at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat

GEORGETOWN, Feb 5 2019 (IPS) - In recent years Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries have experienced escalated climate change impacts from hurricanes, tropical storms and other weather-related events thanks to global warming of 1.0 ° Celsius (C) above pre-industrial levels. And it has had adverse effects on particularly vulnerable countries and communities.

31 Jan 2019 description
report World Bank

BRUSSELS, January 31, 2019 ─ The European Union (EU) has signed two agreements with the World Bank’s (WB) Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) to provide funding totaling EUR 30.7 million that will strengthen disaster risk management (DRM) in the Caribbean. The programs will support Caribbean countries to plan for long-term resilience and climate-smart growth strategies, and to design and implement innovative policy and investment initiatives.

10 Jan 2019 description

We aim to increase resilience of protected areas in the Amazon biome, to create livelihoods for communities in the midst of a changing climate scenario.

05 Jan 2019 description

The proposed action falls under the Global Climate Change Alliance+ (GCCA+) Flagship initiative of the European Union (EU) Global Public Goods and Challenges programme and is designed to support Suriname in improving its current climate change adaptation capacity and mitigation efforts. Climate Change is a major issue for the Republic of Suriname as it is particularly vulnerable to the increasing frequency and severity of droughts, floods and severe storms, and their impacts on sectors such as agriculture, fisheries, as well as infrastructure.