Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony has congratulated Minister James Fletcher for the “outstanding job” in providing leadership to St. Lucia and CARICOM at the Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP21).
“We need to thank him. So effective were his efforts that other countries adopted the region’s tag line “One point five to stay alive” without acknowledgement,” the prime minister said.
Dr. Fletcher said two major agreements signed at the recently concluded conference will provide St. Lucia and CARICOM with the legal framework to protect their ecosystems.
He described the agreement as an inclusive, transparent, party-driven mechanism that allowed every country, regardless of physical size or economic circumstance, to have its voice heard.
According to him, Caribbean people are pleased and happy that they have “adopted One Point Five to Stay Alive as their mantra that their future looks much brighter today than it did two weeks ago.”
But Dr. Anthony said thanks and praise must also go to “our young people, our artists, our poets, all who joined this truly remarkable effort to convince the world about our common vulnerabilities.”
The prime minister said the issue brought CARICOM alive and acknowledged that the Paris agreement was a phenomenal achievement. He is however questioning whether all countries will abide by their commitments and obligations.
Dr. Anthony is also encouraging persons to get a copy of the theme song that was produced to support delegates. “It is a beautiful song that needs to resonate far and wide across the globe,” he added.
The lyrics were written by Kendal Hippolyte and the music composed by Boo Hinkson.