Trinidad and Tobago: UN Secretary-General António Guterres visited Trinidad and Tobago for the Opening Ceremony of the 45th Conference of the Heads of Government for CARICOM took place from Sunday, July 2 to Tuesday, July 4.
UN to Trinidad and Tobago took to Facebook and shared glimpses of the visit. On Sunday, Guterres visited the Asa Wright Nature Centre, where he saw some of the biodiversity of Trinidad and Tobago and learned about the important conservation work happening in the Arima Valley, a valuable area for carbon capture.
The team at UNDP Trinidad and Tobago has partnered with the Centre to install ultra-low-carbon air conditioning units through a grant from Global Environment Facility.
On Monday, he held a fruitful bilateral meeting with the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr Keith Rowley and re-iterated the UN’s commitment to peace in Haiti, the reform of the international financial system to better support Small Island States, and the adaptation and mitigation needs of Caribbean countries to boost their resilience to the climate crisis.
He also congratulated Trinidad and Tobago on the successful election of its candidate, Ambassador Dennis Francis, to the Presidency of the upcoming 78th session of the UN General Assembly. He later met with UN staff and Heads of Agencies responsible for our work in Trinidad and Tobago.
On the margins of the CARICOM gathering, the Secretary-General held a bilateral with the Prime Minister of South Korea, Han Duck-soo. Guterres was also one of the speakers at the CARICOM opening ceremony and later had a working session with CARICOM Heads of Government.
CARICOM’s 50th Anniversary celebrations have begun here in Trinidad & Tobago, where the forty-fifth Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government is also being held. The celebration has been taking place under the theme- ’50 Years Strong…A Solid Foundation to Build On.’
As they recall, the Caribbean Community, CARICOM, came into existence on the 4th of July 1973 with the signing of the Treaty of Chaguaramas by four Caribbean Heads of Government. These four founding fathers were Prime Ministers Errol Barrow of Barbados, Forbes Burnham of Guyana, Michael Manley of Jamaica, and Eric Williams of Trinidad and Tobago. Today, we honour and pay immense tribute to their memory and legacy. CARICOM –
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