Webinar invitation – Sustainable Maritime Development



The Caribbean Future Forum invites you to participate online in a webinar  “Sustainable Maritime Development” with Ms. Dwynette Eversley, Managing Director, Empowerment Dynamics Ltd, Mr. Colin Young, Regional Maritime Adviser, Caribbean and Ms. Vivian Rambarath-Parasram, Assistant Professor, University of Trinidad and Tobago Maritime Campus.

Much of the Caribbean region is characterized by islands or archipelagos making it highly dependent on the maritime sector for the transport of people and goods, fisheries and also tourism. This webinar will highlight the challenges faced by the Caribbean maritime sector and ways in which these challenges can be overcome in an effort to achieve the following Sustainable Development Goals:

  • Goal 5 – Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  • Goal 13 – Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
  • Goal 14 – Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

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After scoring big at home, aspiring astronaut gets a chance to pursue her dream abroad

Amar Bail

To 16-year old Aiman Fatima, self-motivation came at a young age.

She remembers when she was about 11, and came in fifth in her final exams at school. Her scores were above average, but Aiman was crushed. She vowed that day to top her class next year, and began studying harder. Fast forward a few years, and Aiman is one of the highest achieving students at her school in Saudabad, a densely populated town in Karachi’s Malir district. She has secured first position in every grade for the last three years, and scored an A+ grade in her ninth class board exams last year.

And recently, Aiman won a coveted scholarship to study for an International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma in Norway, at the United World College – a prestigious global network of 15 schools and colleges across the world. She plans to specialize in physics and eventually become an astronaut.

aiman-with-her-parents-in-their-home Aiman Fatima with…

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A Day Of Horror For India At UN: Indian Diplomats Left Speechless

Voice of East

A Day Of Horror For India At UN: Indian Diplomats Left Speechless

By News Desk

GENEVA/ISLAMABAD—Indian diplomats at the United Nations were left speechless on Tuesday under a barrage of accusations, backed by evidence, coming from exiled Kashmiri leaders who unfolded a horror list of things that India is doing and hiding from the world.

The day began when Syed Faiz Naqshbandi addressed the 30th session of UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. World diplomats and human rights activists were stunned when Naqshbandi mentioned a little known fact about Indian jails.

“More than 5,000 Kashmiris are languishing in Indian jails without trial,” Naqshbandi told the UN. This, he said, is in clear violation of the provisions of Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and International Convention on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

Indian diplomats had some relief after Naqshbandi’s speech as other…

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Water Security in the Caribbean


Water security challenges in the Caribbean are unique to each country, however, common challenges have recently been identified. In the video above, Keith Nichols, the Project Development Specialist at the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) speaks of the need for a strategic approach to develop the water sector, including the  challenges facing the region. The CCCCC is part of the Global Water Partnership-Caribbean (GWP-C) which  has identified the following water related challenges for the region:
  • Challenge 1: Water sector infrastructure exposed to damage and disruption from water-related hazards;
  • Challenge 2: Increasing demand, inefficient water use and leakage exacerbating the vulnerability of existing water supply   systems and sources;
  • Challenge 3: Effectiveness of community and urban water supply systems exposed to increasing climate variability;
  • Challenge 4: Agricultural production vulnerable to seasonal rainfall and drought;
  • Challenge 5: Effective management of water resource quantity and quality threatened by a changing climate; and
  • Challenge…

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Climate Change Division Gets Green Light For GCF Capacity Support


Una May Gordon Photo Credit: Amandala Una May Gordon
Photo Credit: Amandala

Jamaica has received from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) for capacity-building support to the tune of US$300,000 for the Climate Change Division, acting as national designed authority (NDA) with the fund.

The new boss at the division, Una May Gordon, made the revelation in an interview with The Gleaner earlier this week.

“We are going to get some support to ready ourselves so we can assist the many and varied stakeholders to make the right decisions for finance,” she said.

“We should be hearing from them (GCF) very soon in terms of the grant agreement and so on,” she added.

More than a year ago, Jamaica was named NDA with the fund, which is tasked to “limit or reduce greenhouse gas emissions in developing countries and to help vulnerable societies adapt to the unavoidable impacts of climate change”, according to information from its website.

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Ushering in the Closing Chapter of the Human Species

Kenn Orphan

The epic assaults being carried out against the vulnerable around the world at this very moment will determine the fate of our species and the living earth itself.  To the powerful this statement is hyperbole at its extreme, but to those of us on the other side there is no condemnation that is too exaggerated when it comes to the destruction of communities and of the biosphere itself.  The attacks are taking place along ancient rivers in the American Dakotas, in the life drenched rain forests of Ecuador, in historic olive groves in Palestine, in the melting tundra of the Arctic circle, in the sun baked Niger Delta, and in the war torn or misery laden shanty’s of Aleppo, Kolkata, Jakarta, Nairobi and beyond.  These may seem like separate instances to some, but they are a part of a global struggle and the outcome will in all likelihood determine…

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Civil society advocates for better environmental standards in the Eastern Caribbean


Karetta Crooks Charles of the Saint Lucia National Trust & Elected Alternate Representative of the Public to the LAC P10 process gives an overview of the various initiatives by Civil Society in the LAC region to promote Principle 10. Karetta Crooks Charles of the Saint Lucia National Trust & Elected Alternate Representative of the Public to the LAC P10 process gives an overview of the various initiatives by Civil Society in the LAC region to promote Principle 10.

PRESS RELEASE – Saint Lucia and the Commonwealth of Dominica are the only two Eastern Caribbean countries that have not yet signed on to the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) Declaration on Principle 10.

This declaration, which has a total of 22 LAC signatory countries (4 of which are from the Eastern Caribbean), is seeking to improve rights of access to information, encourage public participation and ensure access to justice in environmental matters.

As such, it was timely for the Communications & Advocacy Officer at the Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) and Elected Representative of the Public on this process, Karetta Crooks Charles, to issue a call for greater involvement of…

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World Conservation Congress opens, focus on scaling up actions on SDGs


The International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) World Conservation Congress (WCC), ‘Planet at the Crossroads,’ opened on 1 September in Honolulu, Hawai’i, the US. The WCC will focus on the challenge of attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) over the next 15 years. Over 6,000 participants from around the world are expected to attend the WCC, making it the largest gathering of environmental policymakers since the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and agreement on the SDGs.

The WCC is IUCN’s highest decision-making body and meets every four years to bring together leaders from government, the public sector, non-government organizations (NGOs), business, UN agencies and indigenous and grassroots organizations to discuss and decide on solutions to global environment and development challenges.

Among other objectives, the World Conservation Congress will launch the Hawai’i commitments: globally transformative and innovative conservation initiatives to meet the critical challenges and opportunities of our time…

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