Caribbean Online Group Relations Conference
UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ opening remarks to the forty-first regular meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in 2020 stated.
“The stresses on your economies are high and the need to protect and expand your development achievements for the Caribbean people is urgent. The UN system is intensifying support for the Caribbean and all small island developing States. We are putting our best capacities and resources to support your voice and participation in global governance processes, to provide sound policy advice and help broker the partnerships that will facilitate your continued progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.”
At the 42nd meeting held in July 2021, where Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Rowley handed the baton to Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Browne, the message was different but again clear that working together remains a priority. Ambassador Irwin Larocque, Secretary-General of the CARICOM said,
“Heads of Government, as we mourn the continuing loss of life and count the cost of lost livelihoods from the COVID-19 pandemic, we must design a recovery that will not only resuscitate our economies but also enhance the resilience of our Community. It is our duty to fortify our Community against the factors that threaten its viability and the sustainable well-being of our people. That is the priority which not only has brought us here at this time, but which is the driving force of our integration movement.”
To this end, the 4th Group Relations Conference in the Caribbean, co-sponsored by the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations and Caribbean Group Relations Consulting takes place online between 25 – 27 November 2021.
The conference brings an opportunity to consider the challenges in resilience and reform that the Caribbean is facing, and how leaders can approach the “unthinkable and the unsayable” that could hinder achieving the ambitions of the community.
The advantage of the conference taking place online is that those members of the Diaspora and the broader African and Indian communities can take part without having to travel. The downside is that the scenery, heat and richly spiced food and music are not available in abundance on screen.
Leslie B Brissett from the Tavistock Institute is Co-Directing the conference with Mary Fullerton from Caribbean Group Relations Consulting.