OECS environmental ministers meet in Martinique

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OECS environment ministers

FORT-DE-FRANCE, Martinique – As part of a continued effort to promote partnerships towards a climate resilient region, Martinique welcomes, from May 15 to 17, 2019, the sixth Council of Ministers of the Environment of the Member States of the Organization of the States of the Eastern Caribbean (OECS) under the theme “Towards a more sustainable Caribbean society.”

The consolidation of strategic and sustainable partnerships for the promotion of sustainable development in the Eastern Caribbean is at the heart of this sixth meeting.

The environmental issues and the legislative frameworks of the Member States will be presented to validate joint actions. Capacity building for the emergence of creative and innovative projects will also be discussed. In Focus: A Roadmap to Sustainable Development of the OECS, integrating both public and private actors.

Several themes in this sense will be proposed to make our diversity a strength. How to better integrate Non-Independent States into OECS Regional Strategic Initiatives? How to finance together? How to Support and Promote Technological Advances and Research? …Just some of the many questions that will be addressed during these three days.

Five major themes are on the agenda: Harnessing strength from diversity, leadership, coordination and mobilisation; elements of the environmental sustainability agenda; collective creativity and innovation; and the private sector – a critical partner for sustainable development in the OECS.

Last year, COMES 5 was held in Montserrat under the chairmanship of David Osborne, minister of agriculture, trade, lands, housing and the environment of Montserrat with the theme “Building Resilience on the Frontlines of Climate Change.”  This year, the high-level meeting will be chaired by Louis Boutrin, elected executive councillor with the environment and energy portfolio for Martinique.

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