Saint Lucia: PM Philip J Pierre attends Regional Symposium, addresses crime issue


The Prime Minister of Philip J Pierre participated in the Regional Symposium held in Trinidad and Tobago on April 18 and 19. For two days, Caribbean leaders and professionals had discussions on the theme “Violence as a Public Health Issue – The Crime Challenge”.

PM Pierre said that with the adoption of a public health approach to violent crime, what the leaders embarked upon is the creation of a legacy of the Caribbean that is as much a safe and secure place for the children in the future as it was for the leaders when they were children in the past.


“I welcome this symposium and ask that we move swiftly to implement the recommendations which will be put forward here. We cannot afford otherwise,” added PM Philip J Pierre.

He further invited everyone to view his full presentation at the regional symposium via the link below:

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) along with the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago hosted the Regional Symposium addressing the issue of Crime and Violence as a Public Health at the Hyatt Regency Trinidad, Port of Spain, on 17th and 18th April 2023.

Under the theme, ‘Violence as a Public Health Issue – The Crime Challenge’, this two-day symposium aimed at promoting dialogue and mobilizing regional action for violence reduction and crime prevention will see several CARICOM Heads of Government participating and presenting on the various experiences, with a view to identifying solutions.

Topics discussed over the two days included Violence and Health in the Region; Crime and Violence: A Public Health Approach; Mental Health; Transnational Organised Crime; Using Litigation to Protect Gun Violence – Global Action on Gun Violence; Trans-Border Crime; Education and Youth, Domestic Violence; Economic Inequalities as the Driver of Crime and Violence; Community approaches- Restorative Justice; Sports and Mediation; and the Judicial Perspective- Legislation and Juvenile Justice Reform.

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