Revue de presse du 23 novembre 2017
AMBASSADE DE FRANCE A SAINTE-LUCIE
REVUE DE PRESSE DU JEUDI 23 NOVEMBRE 2017
While addressing the recently concluded CARICOM-UN high-level pledging conference, Prime Minister of Saint Kitts, Timothy Harris, called for a re-evaluation of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita criterion for the graduation of countries, especially as it does not take into account their vulnerability. He also advocated for the use of a vulnerability index that will capture the unique features of the Small Islands Developing States (SIDS).
Dominica News Online
Health Authorities are awaiting confirmation from the Centre for Disease Control in Atlanta of a preliminary test to determine whether hurricane battered Dominica has registered its first case of the unusual virus, Hanta Virus, spread by rodents. The mode of transmission of the virus is similar to that of leptospirosis. The authorities warn that the virus can spread through inhalation or aerosolized particles of rat droppings and are advising the public to practice good hygiene and report rat infestation.
ENVIRONNEMENT – CHANGEMENT CLIMATIQUE
Caribbean News Now
During the CARICOM-UN high-level pledging conference, United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres says that the Caribbean countries need a new and better deal to include access to concessional finance and adequate insurance, in the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria respectively. The UN Chief, who visited Antigua & Barbuda and Dominica after the category 5 storms, says that he saw a level of devastation never witnessed before in his life.
The most vulnerable children who were affected by Hurricane Maria will benefit from a cash donation through an emergency cash transfer programme made possible through a partnership between the United Nations Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF), the World Food Programme (WFP), UNICEF Eastern Caribbean Area and the Ministry of Social Services, Family and Gender Affairs.