Tortola hosts Inaugural Meeting of OECS Council of Ministers of Environmental Sustainability
OECS Ministers responsible for environmental portfolios will meet in RoadTown, Tortola, this week for their inaugural meeting, since the Revised Treaty of Basseterre came into force in 2011.
The meeting, which will be preceded by the Opening of an exhibition on climate change on Monday, opens thereafter on Tuesday September 30 at Levity Stoutt College with a high-level ceremony, at which addresses will be presented by Premier of the Virgin Islands Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith, and His Excellency Governor of the Virgin Islands, Mr John S Duncan.
The Opening will be followed by a one-day meeting on October 1, to be held at the conference room of the famous downtown hotel, known as Maria’s By The Sea.
The meeting’s agenda includes topics on ocean governance, energy and climate change in addition to other relevant policy issues related to natural disasters, and Small Island Developing States (SIDS).
Premier Orlando Smith has expressed enthusiasm at the potential opportunities to be gained from the meeting, especially in strengthening relationships among the OECS Member States.
Meanwhile officials at the OECS Commission note that all Member States will be represented at the Meeting, including five Ministers responsible for environment in their various governments.
As usual, Ministers are expected to hold talks with development partners and donor agencies on funding needs for undertaking sustainable development related projects and programmes in the region.