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Six months after the 2017 hurricane season which devastated many islands in the Caribbean  communities have been rebuilt (file February 2018).
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Caribbean hurricane season ‘will be different this time’

In September 2017 two category five hurricanes swept across the Caribbean, devastating island communities in the region.  In the 2nd part of this special report marking the one year anniversary of hurricanes Irma and Maria hitting the Caribbean, UN News looks at how the UN has responded, helping communities to get back on their feet, and preparing them for the inevitability of more damaging hurricanes in the future.

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Make the Caribbean an “engine for change” on childhood obesity

The Caribbean can become “an engine for change” in reducing childhood obesity.

That’s according to Trevor Hassel, president of the Healthy Caribbean Coalition, speaking about the issue at UN Headquarters in New York, during the General Assembly’s High Level week.

The Caribbean has one of the highest rates of childhood obesity in the world, and the coalition has adopted a multi-stakeholder approach designed to galvanize civil society across the region.

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Teen girl sailors urge greater ocean protection

Two accomplished teenage sailors from the Caribbean are calling for stronger laws against dumping litter in the ocean.

Kathryn Christopher and Savana Assam are in the racing class at the Trinidad and Tobago Sailing Association where students are taught the importance of keeping the seas clean.

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Security Council debates future of UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti

The UN Secretary-General is recommending that the UN Mission in Haiti also known as MINUSTAH close in mid-October this year, the UN special envoy to the country said on Tuesday.

Sandra Honoré made the announcement to members of the Security Council members, adding that António Guterres also called for a smaller peacekeeping operation to develop the police force and strengthen the rule of law in the Caribbean island.

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Emergency mobilization underway in Haiti as hurricane hits

An emergency response to support people affected by the landfall of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti is underway, the UN’s food agency has confirmed.

The hurricane, which according to media reports is the strongest to hit the Caribbean region in nearly a decade, moved over the south-west coast of Haiti on Tuesday morning bringing high winds, heavy rain and storm surges.

Carlos Veloso is the World Food Programme’s acting director there.

He’s been speaking to Cristina Silveiro.

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Tsunami preparedness underway in St Kitts and Nevis

The tiny Caribbean island nation St Kitts and Nevis has been working with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) to make sure it is in a “state of readiness” if a tsunami were to hit the low-lying archipelago.

Although a tsunami has never struck St Kitts and Nevis, like other nation sin the Caribbean it is preparing for the possibility.


“Massive” investment in health care needed to fight cholera in Haiti

There is a need for a “huge and massive” investment in the health care system in Haiti to address the challenges faced by aid workers in fighting cholera.

UNICEF representative in the country, Marc Vincent, made the remarks on Friday from Port-au-Prince.

Ten months after the 2010 earthquake, cholera appeared in the Caribbean island nation for the first time in nearly a century.