EUCARINET: Connecting Caribbean and European Researchers, Policy Makers and Stakeholders in Joint research Actions

eucarinet_logo1xAccording to EUCARINET:

The project EUCARINET,  is a four-year INCONET Coordination Action whose main goal is to strengthen bi-regional sustainable policy dialogue on Science and Technology (including in the ICT field) between EU Member and Associated States and the Caribbean Region, the Caribbean ACP countries, the overseas departments, and the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs). The consortium will run under the coordination of APRE with the following partners: MENON, CIRAD, EGL, UAB, CARICOM, UWI, UAG, UNIBE, CITMA, UNA. It will cover the whole Caribbean, with partners in Italy, Belgium, France, Netherlands, Spain, Guyana, Jamaica, Guadeloupe, Dominican Republic, Cuba, and Netherlands Antilles.

The main goal of the project is to establish a long lasting sustainable bi-regional multi-stakeholders policy dialogue on S&T at policy, programme and institutional (research entities) level, thus contributing to a threefold objective:

  • Create the conditions of the sustainable multi-stakeholders policy dialogue on S&T between the European Union, its member states, its associated states and the Caribbean Region, leading to a joint definition of S&T co-operation policies;
  • Foster interregional (UE-Caribbean) and intraregional cooperation in leading to the identification and prioritization of common research areas of mutual interest and benefit;
  • Stimulate and support the participation of the Caribbean research stakeholders in FP7, with a first emphasis on the “People Programme”.

to learn more about the program, visit: http://www.eucarinet.eu/

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First CELAC-EU Summit held in Chile (26 – 27 January 2013)

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According to the Chilean government:  

Latin America and the Caribbean as allies of the European Union in pursuit of its economic recovery

“On 26 and 27 January the Heads of State and Government of the 61 countries that make up the Community of Latin American & Caribbean States (CELAC) and the European Union (EU) will gather in Santiago de Chile with the Presidents of the European Council and the European Commission.

The central theme of the first CELAC-EU Summit will be: “Alliance for Sustainable Development: Promoting Social and Environmental Quality Investments”.

Although the summit will continue the thriving dialogue of the six previous summits between the Latin American and Caribbean States and the European Union, this is the first time that the Latin American and the Caribbean regions gather under the same umbrella, CELAC.

It is also the first time that all three branches of government will participate in this bi-regional partnership. The summit of leaders in Santiago will hear the bi-regional recommendations established by multiple Civil Society forums and the Judicial Power Summit. …”

 

For more information regarding the summit, including official documents, agenda, and photos of the event, please visit: http://www.gob.cl/cumbres/celac-ue/

Declaration of Santiago CELAC-EU: http://www.gob.cl/cumbres/celac-noticias-ue/2013/01/27/declaracion-de-santiago.htm (Spanish only)

 

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Haiti welcomes 2013 with Bold Strategic Alliance with Vietnam – PRNewswire (Jan 2013)

The governments of Haiti and Vietnam have reached an agreement to work starting in 2013 to collectively address the important issue of food security in Haiti.  According to the article:

“According to Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe , “The principal goal of the agreements we have signed with Vietnam is to find innovative ways to insure food security for all of our citizens.”  Lamothe’s strategic plan identifies ways to mitigate the impact of natural disasters on Haiti’s food supply and to reduce its reliance on the import of agricultural products such as rice.  The Haitian government’s goal is to achieve self-sufficiency in the production of food.
 
The Vietnamese experience is particularly relevant to Haiti which imports most of the rice its citizens consume.  In the past thirty years this small Southeast Asian country has gone from facing periodic food shortages in the aftermath of the war with the United State and being a net importer of rice, to becoming the world’s second largest exporter of rice. … “
 
To read the full article, please visit:    PR Newswire (http://s.tt/1xTkm)

 

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