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Grenada's Foreign Minister joins high-level delegates in Abu Dhabi to address Climate Change


Monday, May 5, 2014 4:37 PM - George's, Grenada
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ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, May 5, 2014 – GIS: The Abu Dhabi Ascent in support of Climate Summit 2014 saw the coming together, on Sunday May 4th, of over 600 high-level delegates that converged in the United Arab Emirates to lend their voices and their allegiance to confronting the challenges of climate change.

The Ascent, in which Grenada's Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Business, Hon. Nickolas Steele is participating, has as its focus the call for world governments to exercise political will, and for the formation of partnerships to address climate problems, ahead of the United Nations September 2014 Climate Change Summit in New York.

Headlining Sunday's opening session was former United States Vice President, Hon. Al Gore, who is renowned for his tireless climate change advocacy work. Mr. Gore admonished that it is morally unacceptable of governments and citizens to not act to reverse the effects of climate change and the ensuing destruction to our atmosphere.

He noted that subsequent generations will blame today's people for not having the will to protect their future.

Another forceful presenter was Former Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Right Honourable Tony Blair, who stated that the more developed countries have a responsibility to help the less developed countries to enact practical and sustainable policies that protect the environment, as well as livelihoods.

Departing from his counterparts' case, Former President of Mexico, H.E. Felipe Calderon Hinojosa made a passionate plea for the focus on climate change to be shifted away from the exhausted scientific case to an economic one.

Calderon discussed the profitability of reducing carbon emissions and bringing about what he terms the "New Economy of Climate Change."

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, as well as President of the UN General Assembly, Mr. John Ashe, also lent their voices to the urgent call for collective world action to address the challenges of climate change and reverse the effects.

The Abu Dhabi Ascent in support of Climate Summit 2014 is an initiative of Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the UAE, who sees the UAE as a small space but one that is absolutely critical and central in playing a huge role in bringing about climate change.

Grenada's Minister Steele had the opportunity on the opening day to briefly engage Former Vice President Al Gore, impressing upon him that Grenada has the political will that has been the resounding call by the presenters.

The challenge for Grenada is to now garner the resources necessary to bring about the change, particularly in our quest for renewable energy; therefore any assistance in achieving this is welcome.

The Abu Dhabi Ascent is due to continue today, May 5th, and Grenada's Minister Steele will address his Small Island Developing States counterparts on prospects for renewables.



 

 

 

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