2015•05•14 Port of Spain
The Government of Trinidad and Tobago, in conjunction with the office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Trinidad and Tobago, and the University of West Indies convened a High-Level Forum on the Future of the Caribbean. Entitled “Disruptive Thinking, Bold Action, Practical Outcomes”, the Forum which was held in Port of Spain, May 5-7, 2015 brought together progressive thinkers, policy makers, diplomats, senior UN officials, business and civil society leaders to develop innovative and ambitious ideas designed to catalyze research and action needed to build a transformed and sustainable future for the Caribbean. The forum was attended by political leaders in the region including 4 serving Prime Ministers.
In his contribution as a panellist in a session on “Global Diplomacy in the Caribbean”, UNU-IIGH Senior Research Fellow and Head of Governance for Global Health, Dr Obijiofor Aginam argued that in a globalized word, no nation-state is immune from the threats of infectious and non-communicable diseases. Because of the asymmetries in the international system, the Small Island States in the Caribbean should progressively harmonize their foreign, health, trade and security polices to effectively address some of the newly emerging and re-emerging global health issues. He cited SARS, Avian Flu and the recent Ebola outbreak as examples. International trade and investment regimes across the world have serious diplomatic and foreign policy implications for non-communicable diseases and threats like tobacco epidemic, obesity and food safety.
Click here for the link to the Forum on the Future of the Caribbean: http://caribbeanfutureforum.com/