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ECLAC calls for Caribbean resilience fund at high-level meeting in St Kitts

April 23, 2016
ECLAC calls for Caribbean resilience fund at high-level meeting in St Kitts BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has made a call for the creation of a Caribbean Resilience Fund as part of a debt alleviation strategy based on a climate change swap proposal. “The swap will involve the use of pledged...

Caribbean development trajectory and debt outlook to be discussed in St Kitts-Nevis

April 16, 2016
Caribbean development trajectory and debt outlook to be discussed in St Kitts-Nevis BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- A proposal to address the Caribbean’s high debt burden and strategies to achieve sustainable development in the region will be the focus of discussions when two important meetings of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)...

Policymakers meet in Trinidad to discuss attainment of SDGs for the Caribbean

April 6, 2016
Policymakers meet in Trinidad to discuss attainment of SDGs for the Caribbean PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Pursuit of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for Caribbean Small Island Developing States (SIDS) was due to be the main focus of discussion at a meeting in Port of Spain, Trinidad, on Tuesday. Policymakers, representatives from...

New skills for government statisticians in Cayman Islands, Jamaica and St Kitts-Nevis

April 5, 2016
New skills for government statisticians in Cayman Islands, Jamaica and St Kitts-Nevis KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) subregional headquarters for the Caribbean and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) are jointly hosting a regional capacity building workshop in Kingston, Jamaica from 4-15 April 2016.

ECLAC supports St Lucia's drive towards renewable energy

March 15, 2016
ECLAC supports St Lucia's drive towards renewable energy CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) subregional headquarters for the Caribbean is actively supporting the government of Saint Lucia as the country transitions from the use of fossil fuels to renewable energy sources.

Senior policymakers to meet in St Kitts to discuss Caribbean debt relief

March 10, 2016
Senior policymakers to meet in St Kitts to discuss Caribbean debt relief BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- The United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) Caribbean office will convene the fourth meeting of the Caribbean Development Roundtable (CDR) in Basseterre, St Kitts and Nevis, on April 21, 2016.

New partnership to strengthen disaster assessment in the Caribbean

February 17, 2016
New partnership to strengthen disaster assessment in the Caribbean PANAMA CITY, Panama -- The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) is partnering with the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) in its effort to strengthen the ability of countries across Latin America and the Caribbean...

Caribbean experiences build Latin American expertise

February 8, 2016
Caribbean experiences build Latin American expertise LIMA, Peru -- The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) subregional headquarters for the Caribbean has applied its experience in the Caribbean towards building the disaster assessment capacity in Peru’s National Center for Estimation, Prevention and...

Latin American and Caribbean economies will grow just 0.2pct in 2016 in complex global scenario

December 18, 2015
Latin American and Caribbean economies will grow just 0.2pct in 2016 in complex global scenario SANTIAGO, Chile -- Latin American and Caribbean economies will contract -0.4% on average in 2015 and will grow just 0.2% next year, affected by a complex external scenario, according to new projections unveiled on Thursday by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean.

ECLAC side event at COP21 advocates Caribbean debt relief

December 9, 2015
ECLAC side event at COP21 advocates Caribbean debt relief PARIS, France -- The possibilities for integrating the twin imperatives of pursuing climate resilience and debt reduction with a proposal for debt for climate adaptation swaps, was due to be considered at a side event held during the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21).

Commentary: The climate agreement in Paris: Betting on collective action

December 8, 2015
Commentary: The climate agreement in Paris: Betting on collective action At the 21 Conference of Parties (COP21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which takes place in Paris from November 30 to December 11, the governments of the world face the challenge of reaching an agreement to limit global temperature rise to below...

Caribbean experience helps strengthen Peruvian disaster capacity

October 30, 2015
Caribbean experience helps strengthen Peruvian disaster capacity LIMA, Peru -- Peru is among the countries of Latin America that is most vulnerable to natural disasters. The establishment of the National Center for Disaster Assessment, Prevention and Risk Reduction (CENEPRED) is among the most significant efforts undertaken in recent times by the Peruvian government...

Guyana airlift increases as additional airlines enter the market

October 26, 2015
Guyana airlift increases as additional airlines enter the market GEORGETOWN, Guyana-- A decade ago, Guyana was only served by a few airlines. Today that number has more than doubled, and airlines have also increased their frequency on existing routes in recent weeks. Moreover, more international carriers are set to enter the Guyana market in the near future.

ECLAC Caribbean talks to Trinidad students about disasters

October 13, 2015
ECLAC Caribbean talks to Trinidad students about disasters PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- For the first time ever, students from Trinidad have received first-hand information on disaster assessment from the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) subregional office in Port of Spain. A team from the ECLAC Port of Spain office visited the...

Trinidad and Tobago agencies receive training in disaster assessment

October 10, 2015
Trinidad and Tobago agencies receive training in disaster assessment PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- In an effort to increase technical cooperation with its host country, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) subregional headquarters for the Caribbean recently co-organized with the Office for Disaster Preparedness and Management...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Latin America and the Caribbean are not an economic entity

October 10, 2015
Commentary: The View from Europe: Latin America and the Caribbean are not an economic entity Is it helpful to describe Latin America and the Caribbean as if it were a single entity? What does this do to the way the Caribbean is perceived? In recent years the expression Latin America and the Caribbean, or LAC for short, has become a catch-all, used increasingly to view trends in nations that are...

St Lucia hosts ECLAC workshop on access rights in environmental matters

August 26, 2015
St Lucia hosts ECLAC workshop on access rights in environmental matters CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Representatives from Caribbean countries met on August 24-25 in Saint Lucia to identify opportunities for collective action on the path towards the full implementation of access rights to information, public participation and justice in environmental matters, enshrined...

ECLAC disaster assessment package targets policy makers and children in Costa Rica

August 1, 2015
ECLAC disaster assessment package targets policy makers and children in Costa Rica SAN JOSE, Costa Rica -- Policy makers and children in Costa Rica will soon be better prepared to prevent and deal with disasters, as ECLAC Caribbean brings its disaster assessment package to the country. Officials from ECLAC Caribbean will visit Costa Rica from 3-5 August, at the invitation of the...

Economic 'slowdown' predicted for Latin America and Caribbean in 2015

July 30, 2015
Economic 'slowdown' predicted for Latin America and Caribbean in 2015 SANTIAGO, Chile -- Panama will lead Latin America and the Caribbean countries in economic growth that will average 0.5 percent in 2015, according to United Nations projections released on Wednesday, which note that, to reverse the region’s economic slowdown, more investments are needed...

Governments sign climate action statement at Toronto climate change summit

July 14, 2015
Governments sign climate action statement at Toronto climate change summit TORONTO, Ontario -- A climate action statement that will address the continued warming of the earth’s atmosphere was signed by 23 governments, including Ontario, Quebec, and California at the Climate Change Summit of the Americas in Toronto last weekend. The main objective is to meet a target...

ECLAC proposes debt relief for Caribbean countries and creation of subregional fund

July 14, 2015
ECLAC proposes debt relief for Caribbean countries and creation of subregional fund ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -- The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) proposes debt relief for Caribbean countries on the part of multilateral credit institutions and the creation of a regional resilience fund, considering that this burden hinders the subregion’s economic and...

CARICOM considers debt relief proposal

July 14, 2015
CARICOM considers debt relief proposal KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is considering a proposal for the region to pursue gradual write-off of its multi-lateral debt as a means of economic prosperity. The debt relief strategy was put forward by the Economic Commission of Latin America and the Caribbean...

Commentary: How can we finance sustainable development?

July 6, 2015
Commentary: How can we finance sustainable development? The Third International Conference on Financing for Development, which will be held from July 13 to July 16 in Addis Ababa, represents a unique opportunity to overcome the challenges that middle-income countries face, to procure effective financing at all income levels, and to fulfill the...

New series of disaster assessment training sessions set to kick-off in St Vincent

June 19, 2015
New series of disaster assessment training sessions set to kick-off in St Vincent KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) is the first of seven Caribbean countries to receive training on post disaster needs assessment from the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) subregional headquarters for the Caribbean. The training will...

ECLAC helps regional officials better respond to disasters

June 17, 2015
ECLAC helps regional officials better respond to disasters CUSCO, Peru -- The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) subregional office for the Caribbean is strengthening the capacity of countries in Latin America and the Caribbean to assess the damages and losses caused by disasters. This is through a damage and loss...

International institutions join forces to tackle leading causes of death in the Americas

June 15, 2015
International institutions join forces to tackle leading causes of death in the Americas WASHINGTON, USA -- The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) will launch on Wednesday in Washington, DC, the Inter-American Task Force on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs), a multisectoral effort to combat the causes of 80% of deaths...

ECLAC study on foreign direct investment puts focus on Caribbean

May 28, 2015
ECLAC study on foreign direct investment puts focus on Caribbean SANTIAGO, Chile -- The Caribbean receives higher amounts of foreign direct investment (FDI) when compared to other developing economies, according to a newly published report from the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). Entitled “Foreign Direct Investment in..

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