PM Anthony meets with President Obama at COP21

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PM Anthony meets with President Obama at COP21
Dr. Kenny Anthony (extreme right) is the Lead Head of Government on Climate Change for CARICOM. He was accompanied by CARICOM Chairman Prime Minister Freundel Stuart of Barbados (far left).
Dr. Kenny Anthony (extreme right) is the Lead Head of Government on Climate Change for CARICOM. He was accompanied by CARICOM Chairman Prime Minister Freundel Stuart of Barbados (far left).
Dr. Kenny Anthony (extreme right) is the Lead Head of Government on Climate Change for CARICOM. He was accompanied by CARICOM Chairman Prime Minister Freundel Stuart of Barbados (far left).

President Barack Obama underscored the impact of climate change on the world’s most vulnerable countries in a meeting with the heads of state of small island countries Tuesday.

The 40-odd countries in the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) negotiating group at the COP 21 climate conference face rising sea levels that threaten to submerge their livable land.

The meeting with Obama, attended by the leaders of Saint Lucia, Barbados, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands and among others, was intended to elevate the role of the countries in the Paris negotiations. AOSIS countries have been pushing for more ambitious action to stem greenhouse gas emissions at the Paris conference. Current projections suggest that some countries may disappear entirely within decades without action.

“These nations are not the most populous nations, they don’t have big armies,” Obama said. “But they have a right to dignity and sense of place.”

Obama also said he had a special connection to the island countries given his time in Hawaii and Indonesia as a child: “I’m an island boy,” he said, conceding that some of the resolutions arrived at in Paris must be legally binding on the international community. Caribbean nations have been pressing for a legally binding agreement to emerge from COP21.

Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Chairman, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart of Barbados and Lead Head of Government on Climate Change Dr. Kenny Anthony of Saint Lucia also represented the region in a meeting between United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and leaders of Small Island and low-lying Developing States (SIDS), Monday.

Chairman of the CARICOM Task Force on Climate Change, and Saint Lucia’s Minister of Sustainable Development Senator Jimmy Fletcher and CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque joined the Heads at the Meeting.

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10 COMMENTS

  1. I need answers and not fights. How many other times in our history has our prime Minister been seen in the same room with the president of the United States ? Who has best represented this country abroad ?

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  2. Like them or not but they (SLP) always elevated st lucia on the international stage. I recall the OAK general assembly, Sir Julian as president of the UN general assembly and now Jimmy on the climate change agenda. Guys keep up the good work. Sad part of it all lucians live in a world of their own and they don't appreciate nothing if it's not in their pockets. That's why they all want a contract.

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  3. Oh yes!! These are the moments I (Kenny) live for. Time away from the those locals. Why wasn't I born in the USA? Then I would have been the US president and not a small island PM.

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  4. Have we in St.Lucia made any significant strides in relation to climate change. To me that issue dead here.

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  5. This is the Revelation Of The Seven Seals.
    Kenny is being directed by God.
    Kenny is God's written Scrawl for this country.
    like it or not?

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