UN meets with Cuban refugees, helping to meet immediate needs

A United Nations says the group of refugees and asylum-seekers protesting outside the UN House in Port of Spain for the past week, has been in contact with UN personnel, notably with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. 

In a statement Wednesday, the UNHCR said the concerns of this group have been registered carefully and the UNHCR is working to help with their immediate needs and to provide practical information on how best to convey their circumstances to the appropriate authorities in Trinidad and Tobago.

Health Minister addresses Non-Communicable Diseases at UN

Health Minister Dr Terrence Deyalsingh is representing Trinidad and Tobago at the United Nations (UN) High-Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in New York.

Since the hosting of the first-ever Summit on NCDs in 2007, which resulted in the signing of the Port of Spain Declaration, Trinidad and Tobago has continued to play a leading role in the regional fight against NCDs.

The Health Ministry says that the implementation of the strategies to combat the NCD epidemic continues to be high on its agenda.

Reddock elected to UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women

Trinidad and Tobago's Professor Rhoda Reddock has received the highest number of votes at the United Nations Elections for the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), 2019-2022.

Confirmation came from a tweet by the Permanent Representative of Trinidad and Tobago to the United Nations, Ambassador Pennelope Beckles.

Ambassador Beckles says there were 16 candidates 12 were elected.

.The Caribbean will now have two seats on CEDAW represented by the Bahamas and Trinidad and Tobago.

Government meets with UN representatives following repatriation debacle

Minister of National Security, Edmund Dillon and Attorney General, Faris Al Rawi, today held a meeting with the United Nations Resident Coordinator Richard Blewitt and Protection Officer of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Ruben Barbado, in light of the recent repatriation of Venezuelan citizens.

UN hails Santa Cruz Green Market as "Future of Farming"

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has highlighted the Santa Cruz Green Market in its 2016 “Sustainable Development in Practice” Report, which features Latin American and Caribbean initiatives which integrate social, economic and environmental development.

Of the 33 countries examined in the report, Trinidad and Tobago is noted for the Santa Cruz Green Market’s example of private sector and community-based entrepreneurship, and its potential for sustainable growth.