PM Stresses Support for Work of UN

first_imgAdvertisements PM Stresses Support for Work of UN Foreign AffairsSeptember 27, 2012 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, has underscored Jamaica’s continued support for the work of the United Nations (UN) and its pursuit of human rights, justice, social equity and the peaceful settlement of disputes. Delivering Jamaica’s policy statement this morning’s (Sept. 27) during the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Mrs. Simpson Miller reiterated the country’s adherence to the principles of the UN Charter, multilateralism and “the inviolability of diplomatic institutions in the conduct of relations among states”. RELATED: [Jamaica Signs Treaties at UN] She noted that recent events have called attention to the fragility of peace and security in many parts of the globe and highlight the importance of respect for the rule of law, democracy and good governance. The Prime Minister pointed out that the cycle of insecurity transcends borders and therefore must be dealt with on a collective scale. She therefore called for increased partnership to fight the scourge of transnational crime, narco-trafficking and the illicit trade in small arms and ammunition, further pointing out that Jamaica will continue to work with all delegations to achieve a comprehensive and robust Arms Trade Treaty. “(These) are major components of the cycle of insecurity,” she said. “They continue to endanger lives, undermine the rule of law, and fuel violent crime.” Meanwhile, Mrs. Simpson Miller said that Jamaica is “deeply concerned at the escalating internal violence and the resulting loss of life” in Syria, stating that the conflict in the country poses a real threat to international peace and security. “It is our conviction that this conflict can still be resolved through political and diplomatic means,” she told the gathering. Turning to the Israel-Palestine conflict, the Prime Minister said “we continue to urge the leaders of Israel and the Palestinian authority to resume negotiations as early as possible, based on the two-state solution and relevant United Nations resolutions. These address Israel’s right to exist within secure borders as well as the aspirations of the Palestinian people for self-determination and statehood.” She further noted that all states must ensure that the UN remains relevant to its membership through a process of reform of its organs, including the Security Council. “Negotiations should proceed urgently towards a satisfactory conclusion,” she stated. RelatedPM Stresses Support for Work of UNcenter_img RelatedPM Stresses Support for Work of UN RelatedPM Stresses Support for Work of UNlast_img read more

Is Pan Caribbean Climate Action Partnership the answer to building resilience?

first_imgConsolidating the building blocks at the Regional levelCountry initiatives as potential models for regional actionHow will the Caribbean proceedThe Need for Community Engagement What will it cost CARICOM Formulating Energy Security Strategy Oct 15, 2020 (Global Frontier Advisory and Development Services (GOFAD), 20 September) In our Blog (of September 9), we provided a sketch of the building blocks for climate resilience with special reference to the Caribbean. These building blocks, it was suggested,  revolved around (a)  proposals for  implementing  the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre Strategic Plan 2011-2021, (b)  tapping  the  expertise in climate science at UWI and  other institutions of higher education and research (c) scaling up the prominence of CARICOM’s leadership in the Small Island Development States Climate agenda and (d) advocating for the delivery of global commitments such as the Paris Agreement, the UN and Multilateral agencies. Consolidating the Building Blocks at the Regional level Eddie Greene Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Oct 7, 2020 Oct 1, 2020 CDF, IRENA Collaborate to Boost Low-Carbon Investments in… Mainstream climate change adaptation strategies into the sustainable development agendas.Assist CARICOM  states to switch to renewable and cleaner energy sources and reduce their vulnerability to the impact of a changing climate. [This is  in keeping with the CARICOM Energy Policy and  CARICOM  Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy (C-SERMS)].Develop an implementation plan  supported by the region’s specialists, who have produced models for climate change and mitigation processes in Caribbean states and who play a major advisory role to the divisions in Ministries responsible for climate change.Explore the potential for exploiting  hydro-electric, geothermal, wind and solar energy which is important  for energy resilience. Country initiatives as potential models for regional action From among the multitude of programmes, being undertaken by CARICOM Countries, the following indicate a sample of initiatives:center_img Reflections on Climate Resilience in the Caribbean and indications for innovative Approaches(Global Frontier Advisory and Development Services (GOFAD), 13 September) The Bahamas tragedy following the devastating effects of Hurricane Dorian has brought into stark reality the unrelenting havoc that natural disasters have wreaked on the Caribbean Region in recent years.  The  Special Report on Climate Change and Land ( SRCCL) from…September 18, 2019In “Indepth”Building climate and disaster resilience major focus of CARICOM Energy MonthIt’s that time of year again, the time when we ramp up our awareness of energy matters in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and celebrate the strides we have made to transition to a clean energy pathway. CARICOM Energy Month (CEM) will be observed in November, under the Regional theme ‘Clean Energy,…October 29, 2018In “CARICOM”UN Summit on Small Island Developing States (SIDS)By Elizabeth Morgan “SIDS are a special case for sustainable development. They require concerted long-term attention and investment of the entire international community.” UN SG The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) ended its week of summits at the start of its 74th Session with one dedicated to the specific sustainable…October 4, 2019In “Jamaica”Share this on WhatsApp Reversing coral bleaching in Tobago due to global warming in an attempt to save thousands of species of fish and  hundreds of  sea creatures. This project is  coordinated by the Institute of Marine Affairs (IMA) in Tobago and the US based National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)With the imminent startup of “Guyana OIL” in 2020, the Oil Spill Contingency  Energy Plan  has been developed  by  the Energy Governance and Capacity Initiative (EGCI), in collaboration with the U.S. Interagency and Independent Expert Advisory Services.Policies for strengthening countries’ capacity to mitigate and adapt to climate change through policies for the management of forests. This project, “Forest and climate change in the Caribbean” is carried out by FAO in collaboration with Ministries of Forestry in  six countries (Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica , St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago) The Need for Community Engagement  In a very informative blog, “A call to Arms” –  (September 10) ,  Winsome Leslie advised that lessons could be learned from community education programmes used in the islands of the South Pacific. She also recommends micro-financing institutions to expand a suite of products to include green loans to finance energy efficient solar projects to help the Caribbean to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels. See A Call to Arms -Time to Mobilise at the Local Level for Climate Resilience https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/call-arms-time-mobilize-local-level-climate-winsome-leslie How will the Caribbean Proceed It is clear from the building blocks, their consolidation in regional initiatives, the multitude of country programmes and the suggestion  for community engagement, that CARICOM Countries are fully aware of the challenges and the solutions related to climate resilience. A major  problem reflected in the deleterious consequences of climate change is illustrated most recently in the fury of Hurricanes Irma and Maria (2017) and Dorian (2019). These were mainly due to circumstances not created by the Caribbean and over which it has little control. The architecture for a Caribbean response rests in the underlying vision set out in the Strategic Plan for Climate Change in the Caribbean 2011-2021 by the 5Cs. It recommends pursuing the “three one’s” principle: one coordinating unit, one strategic plan and one monitoring and evaluation system. It is a policy that was successfully implemented by the Pan Caribbean Partnership for HIV in the Caribbean with very positive results. It requires a concerted effort for synchronizing policies, rationalising  programmes across sectors and institutions and sourcing funds.  While GOFAD has some thoughts about  the architecture for such a Pan Caribbean Climate Change Partnership, it is important to first engage the focal points for Climate Change, the CARICOM institutions – 5Cs and CDEMA and UWI. We will return to this issue of “functional cooperation and Climate action in the region.  What will this Cost? A major question, how much will functional cooperation climate action cost is beyond the scope of this blog. The Caribbean countries and institutions are aware of funding options. Indeed, they have sourced support from the Global Environmental Facility (GEF); the Canadian Climate Change Development Fund; The Commonwealth Climate Finance Hub (2016) to support climate adaptation and mitigation; the Caribbean Climate Smart Accelerator (2018) in response to making the Caribbean the first climate smart zone, and the Regional Climate Resilient Building  Facility (2019) to provide technical assistance and disaster insurance support. The Global Commission on Adaptation (GCA) issued a report (September 10). The Commission led by former UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon and including  Dr. The Hon Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada, calls for global leadership on climate resilience. It finds that adaptation can lead to significant economic returns and that investing US$1.8 trillion globally from 2020 to 2030 in five climate adaptation areas could result in US$ 7.1 trillion in net benefits. It identifies the five areas: early warning systems, climate-resilient infrastructure, improved dryland agriculture, mangrove protection and investments in increasing water resource resilience. It states that these represent only a portion of total investments needed and total benefits available. The Caribbean environmental and development scientists need to come up with a cost -benefit projection for achieving climate resilience in accordance to the 5Cs strategic plan. Conclusions Filling the gaps for an effective architecture for a Pan Caribbean Climate Change Partnership and for sustainable funding in support of Climate resilience is a work in progress. Successful outcomes, however, can be achieved with political will and a commitment to unravelling the impediments to functional cooperation. This requires innovation that is transformative. In the final analysis, global solidarity is the main solution to this global problem. It is important to note that the building blocks are consolidated in response to  a mandate from CARICOM Heads of Government for the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (5Cs) to: On Caribbean Statistics Day, PM Mitchell Hails Unwavering… Oct 6, 2020 You may be interested in… Greater Focus on Regional Agriculture last_img read more

Additional Russian River & Upper Kenai River Sockeye Salmon Bag Limit Increase Announced

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Department of Fish and Game has once again increased the limits of sockeye salmon for the Russian River and a section of the Upper Kenai River. The new increase is nine per day, eighteen in possession effective 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, June 19 through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, July 7. The section of the mainstream Upper Kenai River includes the area that extends from Skilak Lake upstream to ADF&G regulatory markers located approximately 300 yards upstream of the public boat launch at Sportsman’s Landing (this includes the Russian River Sanctuary Area) and the Russian River from its mouth upstream to an ADF&G marker located approximately 600 yards downstream from the Russian River Falls. Area Management Biologist Colton Lipka: “We opened the waters of the sanctuary and increased the bag limit from three to six last week and sockeye salmon keep pouring into the Russian River. With these numbers, it is appropriate to increase the limits and allow anglers an opportunity to harvest more sockeye salmon.” Anglers are reminded that they may possess only the limit allowed for the waters they are actively fishing. For additional information on the Upper Kenai River and Russian River Area, review pages 59-61 of the 2019 Southcentral Alaska Sport Fishing Regulations Summary booklet. As of June 16, 2019, 45,778 sockeye salmon have passed the Russian River weir, located upstream of the falls. The early-run Russian River sockeye salmon biological escapement goal of 22,000 – 42,000 sockeye salmon has been exceeded.last_img read more