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CDU Press Statement – Belize ICJ Referendum



April 17, 2019 – The Caribbean Democrat Union (CDU) as part of its mission to advance good governance in the region embarked on an Observation Mission to Belize for the ICJ Referendum. The people of Belize were to decide “Yes” or “No” on whether to take the matter of the long standing border dispute with Guatemala to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Five young professionals were selected to be part of the CDU Observation Team:

· Ms. Kimberley McLeod, Jamaica

· Ms. Sakera Cook, Turks and Caicos Islands

· Ms. Terraine Webster, Anguilla

· Mr. Christopher Grant, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

· Mr. Shadick Bethel, Grenada

The Observer Team arrived on Friday April 6th 2019 and departed Belize on Thursday April 11th 2019.

The following activities took place as part of the CDU Observation Mission:

· Referendum Education Fair, Saturday April 6th

· Cultural Enrichment (Understanding Belizean History), Sunday April 7th

· Meeting with Chief Elections Officer, Monday April 8th

· Meeting with Prime Minster Hon. Dean Barrow, Tuesday April 9th

· Community Engagement, Tuesday April 9th

· Survey in urban and rural areas of Belize on the Referendum, Wednesday April 10th

Due to an injunction filed by the Opposition Party in Belize and upheld by the Court of Appeal, the ICJ Referendum was postponed. However, the CDU Observation Team was still able to carry out and satisfy the objectives of the mission:

 · To assess the effectiveness of the voter education campaign

· To identify motivating factors for persons to participate in the Referendum

This CDU Observer Mission to the ICJ Referendum in Belize was supported through partial funding from the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD).  In addition, permission to observe the ICJ Referendum was granted by the Election and Boundaries Department of Belize and transportation and other logistics were facilitated locally by Ms. Anazette Olivera, Volunteer Coordinator International, Boundaries Unit, Referendum Office of Belize.

The CDU joins with the European Union, United Kingdom and the United States of America in support of the ICJ Referendum in Belize. This is an important decision and the people of Belize have the fundamental right to participate in a free and democratic process to make a final determination on this long standing matter. The CDU hopes that the people of Belize will be given the opportunity to do so as soon as possible.

The CDU thanks members of the Observer Team, the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, the Election and Boundaries Department of Belize, Ms. Anazette Olivera and other local affiliates for making this observation mission possible.

Press Release: CDU

Photo Descriptions:

Header: Observer Team meeting with PM of Belize Hon. Dean Barrow from left to right – Ms. Anazette Olivera (local coordinator), Ms. Terraine Webster (Observer Team Member, Anguilla), Mr. Christopher Grant (Observer Team Member, St. Vincent and the Grenadines), Ms. Kimberley McLeod (Observer Team Member, Jamaica), PM of Belize Hon. Dean Barrow, Mr. Shadick Bethel (Observer Team Member, Grenada), Ms. Sakera Cook (Observer Team Member, Turks and Caicos Islands). 

1st insert: Observer Team Member Sakera Cook conducting survey in the field

2nd Insert: Observer Team Member Shadick Bethel conducting survey in the field

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New UN Resident Coordinator for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Visits Dominica  



ROSEAU, June 21, 2024: The new United Nations Resident Coordinator for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Simon Springett, is currently in the Commonwealth of Dominica to present his credentials ahead of key meetings with Government and national officials.

Today, Mr. Springett formally presented his credentials and met with Prime Minister the Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit, ahead of courtesy calls with Dominica’s President H. E. Sylvanie Burton, and several other senior Government Ministers.

Prime Minster Skerrit who expressed gratitude for the collective support received from the UN Development System to date, pledged to continue working to strengthen their partnership in coming years, noting that he was also “looking forward to establishing the UN Common Premises”, which is expected to expand UN cooperation and joint support in Dominica.

Meanwhile, the new UN Head also gave assurances of continued UN partnership and expansion of support to cover existing gaps. He added: “I am honoured to be here in Dominica, the beautiful Nature Isle, and to pledge my commitment, along with the UN Team, to supporting the Government in building resilience,  and further advancing the Sustainable Development Goals.”

During his visit, Mr. Springett also met with the Minister for the Environment, Rural Modernisation, Kalinago Upliftment and Constituency Empowerment, the Hon. Cozier Frederick, and visited the Kalinago Territory, where he benefitted from a brief historical tour of the Kalinago Barana Auté (Village by the Sea).

The Mission also included meetings with the Minister for Finance, Economic Development, Climate Resilience and Social Security – Hon. Dr. Irving McIntyre; Minister for National Security and Legal Affairs – Hon. Rayburn Blackmoore; National Disaster Coordinator, Office of Disaster Management – Mr. Fitzroy Pascal; Commissioner of Police – Mr. Davidson Valerie and the UN Multi-Country Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (MSDCF) Focal Point, Dr. Adis King, among other officials, and with UN staff in Dominica.

On June 1, Mr. Springett was appointed by UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, as the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, with the approval of the host Governments. A national of the United States, he brings his distinguished 25-year career in international development to this critical role, having most recently served as the UN Resident Coordinator in Moldova since 2019, leading the UN’s efforts in that country.

As the highest-ranking official of the UN development system in the Eastern Caribbean, Mr. Springett will lead the UN Sub-regional Team (UNST) across 10 countries and territories. He will champion the UN’s mandates and advocate for the delivery of the MSDCF in close collaboration with national governments and regional institutions. A key focus will be strengthening cooperation and effectiveness of UN operational activities throughout the region.

In the coming weeks, the new Resident Coordinator is expected to present his credentials to other Member States in his area of responsibility.

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Jamaica Committed to Resilient Ocean Ecosystem



#Kingston, Jamaica, June 24, 2024 – Director General of the Maritime Authority of Jamaica, Bertrand Smith has reiterated Jamaica’s commitment to fostering a resilient ocean ecosystem for future generations.

Speaking at a recent World Oceans Day ceremony hosted by Earth Ambassadeurs at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, Mr. Smith outlined Jamaica’s proactive measures in marine conservation, including the implementation of a global initiative supported by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to combat marine litter from transport and fisheries sectors.

The Director General also noted the country’s compliance with the 2023 IMO Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emission Strategy.

“As an active member of the International Maritime Organization, Jamaica commits to global efforts aimed at decarbonizing shipping, with ambitious goals to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050,” he said.

Recognizing the urgent need for action, Mr. Smith highlighted the pivotal role of youth leadership in driving sustainable change.

“[World Ocean Day] not only celebrates our oceans but also empowers our youth, particularly our Earth Ambassadeurs and Junior Ambassadeurs who are leading the charge for environmental stewardship,” he said.

“I am proud of how youth leadership is helping to drive the transformative change needed for our blue planet. On local, national, and international levels, young people are engaging in action and policy change to create a better future. We applaud these young climate advocates,” the Director General added.

Mr. Smith also appealed to persons to “safeguard our oceans and environment for our children, our grandchildren, and the generations to come” while adding that what is done today and over the coming years, will be crucial for their future and their world.


Photo Caption: Bert Smith addresses Earth Ambassadeurs World Oceans Day Ceremony

Contact: Peta-Gaye Hodges

Release: JIS

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Dengigh Agricultural Food Show Set for August 4-6



#Kingston, June 24, 2024 – The upcoming Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show, is attracting a record number of interests from potential exhibitors, according to Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Mining, Hon. Floyd Green.

“In terms of exhibits and people asking questions to be exhibitors, we are already at 20 per cent above the requests that we got last year. Denbigh is looking extremely good,” Mr. Green said.

He was speaking at the launch of the 70th staging of the event at the Hi-Pro Ace Supercentre, in White Marl, St. Catherine on June 21.

The Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show will be held from Sunday, August 4 to Tuesday, August 6, at the Denbigh Show Grounds in May Pen, Clarendon.

It is the largest agricultural exposition in the Caribbean, and has attracted over 100 exhibitors, offering a wide range of agricultural-related booths and seminars.

“Denbigh represents our progress in agriculture and has provided a platform to showcase agriculture excellence. The Denbigh Show is a place that you can learn about modern agriculture trends, and an environment that caters to our farmers, and provides entertainment to the entire family,” Minister Green said.

He also used the opportunity to laud the island’s farmers as they continue to ensure growth in the agriculture sector, despite the drought.

Mr. Green informed that local onion production is at an all-time high, while adding that the Government will continue to provide incentives for growth of the sector, and several other agricultural related industries.

The Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show has attracted over 80,000 patrons, and is a benchmark for showcasing agriculture and its related industries.


Contact: Garfield L. Angus

Release: JIS

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