BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Friday April 27, 2012 – Protect the environment and reduce green-house gas emissions across the world.
That’s the call from Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, who has joined several well-known environmentalists, conservationists and members of the International Caucus Foundation in Washington DC to make the call to save the regions’ oceans and other significant bodies of water.
Mr. Stuart said in his capacity as a member of the United Nations High Level Panel on Global Sustainability, he has championed the perspective that “it is essential that any new vision for global sustainability must encompass ‘the blue economy’ – including the conservation and sustainable management of marine and ocean resources, which would enable developing countries to enjoy a greater share of the benefits derived from those resources”.
The Prime Minister stated that within the Caribbean, it was recognised that an integrated management approach involved all relevant stakeholders to give the best option for protecting the Caribbean Sea.
And, he expressed hope, that the upcoming Rio+20 Conference in June this year would provide an opportunity to share experiences and mobilise support for this and other similar regional initiatives.
Mr. Stuart called for oceans issues to be placed high on the global agenda, and cautioned that with the threat to life, leaders of the region must be more engaged on the issue.
“We must bring civil society stakeholders, including business and NGOs into dialogue, and the Rio+20 Conference provides us with a valid opportunity to initiate that dialogue,” he said.