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The Third OECS Assembly concludes with climate resilience as a priority issue to address

The Third OECS Assembly concludes with climate resilience as a priority issue to address

OECS Media release

Twenty representatives of Governments of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States participated to the Third OECS Assembly held in Antigua and Barbuda and honoured by the presence of the President of Cuba President Raúl Modesto Castro Ruz.

In the context of the recent hurricanes Irma and Maria that severely affected the region a few month ago, climate resilience was one of the major point on the agenda of the Third OECS Assembly which was held in Antigua and Barbuda on December 9 and gathered twenty representatives of Governments from seven Member States: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Montserrat, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

The official meeting has also been marked by the presence of Raúl Modesto Castro Ruz, the President of the Councils of State and Ministers of Cuba who addressed the Assembly for the first time after the tribute paid to his brother and former President of Cuba, Commander Fidel Castro.


I reaffirm Cuba's will to continue to share with the Caribbean brothers the benefits of our modest achievements in terms of adaptation to climate change and in the reduction of disaster risks. President Raúl Castro stated.

The Prime Ministers of Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda and the Commonwealth of Dominica seized the opportunity to share their respective experiences and recovery efforts which echoed a call for stronger resilience of the region against climate change.

The Chairman of the OECS Authority and Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, the honourable, Allen Chastanet recalled that immediate actions are now critical.

There is an urgent need for adequate dedicated and accessible financial, technical and capacity building assistance to enable SIDS to adapt to the adverse effects of climate change to cope with loss and damage to transition to resilient, low-carbon economies. Chairman Chastanet stated.

He also recalled that the OECS Member States had demonstrated a commitment to complying their obligations under the United Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement through the fulfillment of their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

The Chairman of the OECS Authority concluded the Assembly presenting a motion focusing on building climate resilience in the Eastern Caribbean.

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The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is an International Organisation dedicated to economic harmonisation and integration, protection of human and legal rights, and the encouragement of good governance among independent and non-independent countries in the Eastern Caribbean. The OECS came into being on June 18th 1981, when seven Eastern Caribbean countries signed a treaty agreeing to cooperate with each other while promoting unity and solidarity among its Members. The Treaty became known as the Treaty of Basseterre, so named in honour of the capital city of St. Kitts and Nevis where it was signed. The OECS today, currently has eleven members, spread across the Eastern Caribbean comprising Antigua and Barbuda, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and The Grenadines, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Martinique and Guadeloupe. 

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Morne Fortune
Saint Lucia