BRIDGETOWN, Barbados: Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has called for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the protection of the environment as a whole.
Stewart joined environmentalists, conservationists and members of the International Caucus Foundation in Washington, D.C. to help preserve the region’s oceans and other bodies of water.
The Prime Minister, as a member of the United Nations High Level Panel on Global Sustainability, said 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 said that, within the Caribbean, it was recognized that an integrated management approach involved all relevant stakeholders to give the best option for protecting the Caribbean Sea.
He also expressed hope that the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in June this year would provide an opportunity to share experiences and mobilize support for this and other similar regional initiatives.
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.