Strategic approach taken to reduce HIV/AIDS in T&T

There are roughly 11,000 people recorded as being HIV positive and living with HIV/AIDS in this country.

And health ministry officials say more and more people are ensuring they know their status by getting tested for HIV.

Coordinator of the HIV/AIDS Coordination Unit at the Ministry of Health, Keitha Kennedy, says Trinidad and Tobago continues to put up a good fight against the disease.

Rowley satisfied with outcome of UN meetings

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley says he and the CARICOM delegation that went to the United Nations, are satisfied that the mission was successful, saying that it brought a number of people down from a heady position to one of review.

"We believe that as we look at the situation, the more level heads will come out and say there must be another way," Dr Rowley said at a news conference on his return to T&T Wednesday.

PM, CARICOM team meet with UN President today

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and the CARICOM team in New York are this morning meeting with the President of the United Nations María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés.

The Office of the Prime Minister says this is the first of several meetings carded for today.

The meeting follows their talks with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday when they put forward CARICOM's position on Venezuela.

CARICOM is seeking mediation and has taken a position of non-intervention and non-interference in Venezuela.

PM: UN meeting brings hope of significant improvement in Venezuela soon

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley says he and the CARICOM team that met with the United Nations today, are confident of a diminishing of tensions in Venezuela in the not too distant future.

The remark forms part of a statement issued by the Office of the Prime Minister today.

It says that coming out of the meeting, "the CARICOM delegation is satisfied that if the conditions for such can be met the UN will assist in establishing the roadmap towards peace and security for Venezuela and the region".

PM meets with UN

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis Dr Timothy Harris chat just before they leave for meeting with UN Secretary General.

The prime minister is in New York for talks on Trinidad and Tobago's and Caricom's position on Venezuela.

Video courtesy the Office of the Prime Minister.

UN meets with Cuban refugees, helping to meet immediate needs

A United Nations says the group of refugees and asylum-seekers protesting outside the UN House in Port of Spain for the past week, has been in contact with UN personnel, notably with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. 

In a statement Wednesday, the UNHCR said the concerns of this group have been registered carefully and the UNHCR is working to help with their immediate needs and to provide practical information on how best to convey their circumstances to the appropriate authorities in Trinidad and Tobago.

Health Minister addresses Non-Communicable Diseases at UN

Health Minister Dr Terrence Deyalsingh is representing Trinidad and Tobago at the United Nations (UN) High-Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in New York.

Since the hosting of the first-ever Summit on NCDs in 2007, which resulted in the signing of the Port of Spain Declaration, Trinidad and Tobago has continued to play a leading role in the regional fight against NCDs.

The Health Ministry says that the implementation of the strategies to combat the NCD epidemic continues to be high on its agenda.

Reddock elected to UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women

Trinidad and Tobago's Professor Rhoda Reddock has received the highest number of votes at the United Nations Elections for the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), 2019-2022.

Confirmation came from a tweet by the Permanent Representative of Trinidad and Tobago to the United Nations, Ambassador Pennelope Beckles.

Ambassador Beckles says there were 16 candidates 12 were elected.

.The Caribbean will now have two seats on CEDAW represented by the Bahamas and Trinidad and Tobago.