CaribWorldNews, NEW ORLEANS, LA, Tues. Aug. 24, 2010: Grenada`s Prime Minister Tillman Thomas, St. Lucia`s PM Stephenson King and Antigua and Barbuda`s Baldwin Spencer are among Caribbean leaders who will attend an environmental conference in New Orleans, Louisiana this week.
The conference, themed `Fighting for Survival: The Vulnerability of America`s Gulf Coast and the Caribbean Basin,` opens tomorrow, August 25th in New Orleans.
`It is very timely that we are attending this conference at this point since we would have an opportunity for the outcomes of our deliberations to be fed directly into at least three different upcoming events – the Review of the Mauritius Strategy for Implementation in a few weeks, the Review Summit on the Millennium Development Goals next month, and the Cancun meeting to advance negotiations of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in December,` said PM Thomas.
Also set to attend the conference is Minister of the Environment of Haiti, Jean Marie Claude Germain and Science Adviser, Caribbean Community Climate Change Center, Dr. Ulric Trotz.
Organized by The United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Columbia University`s National Center for Disaster Preparedness, the Earth Institute and the Mayor of New Orleans, the conference is expected to draw North American and Caribbean policymakers and scientists, to deliberations on how the region should appropriately address issues regarding climate change, and natural and Industrial disasters.
The Grenada PM insisted that he also hopes to use the conference to draw attention to the vulnerabilities of Small Island Developing States.
Conference organizers insist that America’s Gulf Coast and the Caribbean Basin are a region where high population densities, environmental stress, and seismic, hydro-meteorological, industrial, and socioeconomic vulnerabilities combine and it is important to focus on these regions in light of not just Katrina but the recent BP oil spill.