• Countries in the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region experience a range of natural hazards, including droughts, earthquakes, floods, forest fires, hurricanes, landslides, tsunamis, and volcanoes. El Niño and La Niña phenomena occur periodically, exacerbating the impacts of hydrometeorological events in the LAC region. Unplanned urban expansion, environmental and natural resource degradation, and land-use management challenges also increase populations’ vulnerability and exposure to natural hazards.
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.
Latin America and the Caribbean is a diverse region and does not follow a single pattern of development. This Report is separated into two volumes which share the same narrative: the Regional Human Development Report – the first volume – covers the entire region, while deepening the analysis on Latin America; and this current Caribbean Human Development Report – the second volume – approaches the multidimensional challenges of sustainable development and human progress taking into consideration the particularities of the Caribbean.
ROSEAU, Dominica, Jan 20 2014 (IPS) - Caribbean countries, struggling to emerge from a slump in exports and falling tourist arrivals brought on by the worldwide economic crisis that began five years ago, have one more thing to worry about in 2014.
Dominica’s chief medical officer, Dr. David John, said climate change and its effects are taking a toll on the health of people in his homeland and elsewhere in the region.
This report covers the period 01 January 2012 to 30 June 2012
The IFRC`s Caribbean Disaster Risk Management Resource Centre (CADRIM) located in the building of the National Society headquarters, continues to provide a source of expertise, profile-building, much needed income and capacity building. The ECHO-funded DIPECHO VIII disaster risk reduction project is providing support for the Disaster Management Programme, including staff of the Barbados Red Cross for 2012.
The ECHO-funded DIPECHO VIII disaster risk reduction project was the main activity of the National Society during 2012. It provided a continuing opportunity to work with local communities in addressing the needs for disaster preparedness and resilience-building, especially considering the risk of hurricane impact in this region, as well as to maintain the working relationship with government departments.
- Americas Zone Mission
The mission of the Americas Zone is to support Americas National Societies to increase humanitarian and development standards, helping them to remain relevant within their country and sustainable and accountable for their actions, guided by the implementation of Strategy 2020.
The UNICEF Office for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean commissioned this paper to report on (1) the burdens borne by children in the face of threats posed by environmental degradation, climate change and natural disasters, (2) the arrangements in place for mitigating these threats and (3) the relevance of programming on the environment on behalf of children in Small Island Development States (SIDS) in the Eastern Caribbean.