This UN regional commission’s most important biennial meeting will be carried out virtually for the first time in history.
#ECLAC, October 22, 2020 — The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) will hold on October 26-28 its thirty-eighth session, the United Nations regional commission’s most important biennial meeting. There, ECLAC will give an account of its activities in the 2018-2020 biennium and participants will address the priorities of the sustainable development agenda in the region in a scenario characterized by the crisis prompted by the pandemic. In addition, policies and proposals for a transformative recovery with growth, equality and sustainability will be presented.
The event, which will be held virtually for the first time in its history, will bring together representatives of ECLAC’s 46 member countries and 14 associate members. It will be inaugurated on Monday, October 26 at 8 a.m. local time in Costa Rica (GMT -6) by Carlos Alvarado, President of Costa Rica, the country currently holding ECLAC’s presidency pro tempore; Miguel Díaz-Canel, President of the Republic of Cuba; António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations; Alicia Bárcena, ECLAC’s Executive Secretary; Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); and Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
The Commission will present the region’s countries with a proposal for recovery and development oriented towards an inclusive welfare State, a technical shift and a productive transformation associated with environmental sustainability, which would strengthen equality and democracy as the most valuable legacy of modernity. This proposal is contained in the position document entitled Building a new future: A transformative recovery with equality and sustainability, which will be unveiled by the Executive Secretary, Alicia Bárcena, on Tuesday, October 27.
In addition, ECLAC will present its activities report on the work carried out in the last two years, including by its subsidiary bodies, and participants will define the mandates that will guide its work over the next biennium (2020-2021). In conjunction with this, a dialogue on the post-COVID-19 economic emergency will take place between foreign ministers and other senior authorities from Latin America and the Caribbean.
The session will also bring together researchers and members of civil society, along with academics and officials from nearly 30 intergovernmental, specialized and United Nations System entities.
ECLAC’s thirty-eighth session will be transmitted online via distinct platforms: the site https://live.cepal.org/ and the United Nations regional commission’s accounts on Twitter (https://twitter.com/cepal_onu) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/cepal.onu).
The full programme of the meeting, along with general information, is available on the session’s special website: https://periododesesiones.cepal.org/38/en
Record Travel Expected for US Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend
November 25, 2023 – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is expecting to have its busiest day in history next week as thanksgiving travel spikes.
Overall more than 30 million passengers are expected to travel through airports during The official thanksgiving travel period which began on Friday, November 17 and will continue through Tuesday, November 28 but TSA is expecting the busiest travel to be Tuesday and Wednesday November 28th and 29th and the Sunday after thanksgiving.
“Nationally, TSA is projecting to screen 2.6 million passengers on Tuesday, Nov. 21; 2.7 million passengers on Wednesday, Nov. 22 and 2.9 million passengers on Sunday, Nov. 26, which will likely be the busiest travel day for TSA since its inception in 2001,” a press release explained
The agency assured that it is prepared for the increased numbers and screened a record number of passengers this year and revealed that 2023 has been a record year for travel already.
“We expect this holiday season to be our busiest ever. In 2023, we have already seen seven of the top 10 busiest travel days in TSA’s history,” said TSA Administrator David Pekoske. “We are ready for the anticipated volumes and are working closely with our airline and airport partners to make sure we are prepared for this busy holiday travel season.”
American Airlines Flight Attendants want to STRIKE
#USA, November 25, 2023 – American Airlines Flight Attendants are ready to strike once the US government permits them according to the Association of Professional Flight Attendants.
The worker petition accuses AA not offering a livable wage to its flight attendants who they say have not gotten raises since 2019 even as Inflation in the United States reached historic levels in 2022.
Around the country, American Airlines flight attendants have been picketing with signs indicating they are ready to strike. Negotiations between the union and management are being mediated by the government and negotiators must declare and impasse before any strike action can be taken.
American Airlines is the world’s largest commercial carrier and it services countries all across the Caribbean as a true partner in tourism. The ripple effects of a strike in the New Year would be disastrous for these rebounding economies.
The Union has labeled the stinginess of American as owing to “corporate greed.”
It is unlikely that the Union will get the government approval they would require in order to strike.
International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls
#November 25, 2023 – ‘Unite! Invest to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls! # No Excuse’ is the theme to mark the 16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Women and Girls.
The Department of Gender Affairs within the Ministry of Home Affairs, Public Safety and Utilities and the Telecommunications Commission will join the rest of the world in observance of 16 days of activism, which starts on 25 November with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls and ends on 10 December with Human Rights Day. This is an annual campaign that calls for concerted efforts for the prevention and elimination of violence among women and girls.
During this period, we call on the entire Turks and Caicos Islands to take a stand for our women and girls. It does not matter your age, profession, or financial status. We all need to invest in the care and protection of those around us.
The cultural norms, societal practices, traditions, patriarchal attitudes and deep-rooted stereotypes regarding roles, responsibilities and identities, are significant contributors to violence against women and girls. Studies show that out of 16% of females who experience childhood sexual violence, two-thirds are likely to experience multiple incidences before the age of 18. Intimate partners remain the most common perpetrators of violence among women throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Based on the clients who report for assistance, it is clear that gender-based violence disproportionately harms women and girls in Turks and Caicos. Gender-based violence undermines the achievement of gender equality and, ultimately, societal sustainable development. Violence against women and girls is rampant and happens in both private and public spaces. Vulnerable groups such as pregnant women and those unemployed or under-employed face increased risks of sexual violence and exploitation.
We call on everyone throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands to stand together, speak up and act against all forms of violence against women and girls. The Department of Gender Affairs will continue our multisectoral efforts to advocate for the protection of women and girls from gender-based violence. It is our responsibility and obligation to join the rest of the world in investing the appropriate resources to communicate that we have adopted zero tolerance for this crime.
Join us on 25 November 2023 at the Antioch Seventh-day Adventist Church, starting at 9:30 a.m. for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls Church Service.
Members of the public are also encouraged to join the global community by wearing the colour orange from 25 November – 10 December to show support for the investment in initiatives to end violence against women and girls.
As we seek to share our national experiences globally, persons are encouraged to use the #OrangeTCI and #TCI16days hashtags and share messages on social media about the importance of ending violence against women.
The Department of Gender Affairs continues to stand in solidarity with regional and global movements toward ending all forms of violence in the Turks and Caicos Islands. We are and remain committed to working with all members of society across all sectors to strengthen prevention efforts to ensure access to justice.
FIND US ON FACEBOOK
News5 days ago
Lovers Allegedly Steal $30,000 from Scotiabank Accounts, Trial delayed to 2024
News5 days ago
55 Year old Good Samaritan killed in rainy night Roadside accident
News1 week ago
Elevating Public Health Defenses: Strengthening Vector Control Capabilities in the Turks and Caicos Islands
Caribbean News5 days ago
More REWARD Money, Haitian gang leader
News6 days ago
TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS ATTRACTS OVER ONE MILLION VISITORS: JANUARY TO OCTOBER 2023
Bahamas News5 days ago
PLP holds onto West End & Bimini; Kingsley Smith tops nearest opponent by 914 votes
Caribbean News5 days ago
DR Officials say 30 Dead after TD 22 Drenched Santo Domingo
News5 days ago
Lived Five Years in TCI undetected, now serving Five Months in Prison before Repatriation