Issues relating to climate change and ethical principles in the Caribbean will be discussed in St. Kitts and Nevis on March 8-9, 2011 when experts across the Region meet for a conference.
SKNIS has been informed that science, ethics and policies will be at the
forefront of this meeting being organized by the Federal Government in
collaboration with the cluster office of the United Nations Educational,
Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) based in Jamaica.
“We have the opportunity to bring to the table our own issues in terms of
the implications of climate change on the St. Kitts-Nevis environment,” said
Dr. Leighton Naraine, Head of the local Steering and Implementation
Committee for the meeting. “… We are looking at both the physical and human environment because climate change will affect all types of economic
activities … and that will require some research on our part so that we can
help to frame the issues and bring that to the table.”
Dr. Naraine noted that delegates will look past controversial topics such as
the root causes of climate change and the responsibility of industrialized
countries in curbing pollution, and instead focus on response mechanisms.
“Our responsibility is to come up with mitigation measures that will reduce
the risk to lives and livelihoods,” he stated “It would be prudent for us to
plan in that direction and move pass the debate and look at the ethical
dimensions of climate change in terms of knowledge gaps, [early warning]
monitoring systems and other strategies.”
Dr. Narine said the steering committee is on track in planning the meeting
and is ready to welcome the experts and policy makers from the Caribbean
Region and beyond.
The event is being held as a result of a directive in October 2009 which
arose from the 35th session of the General Conference of UNESCO which called for the study on ethical principles associated with climate change. Similar meetings have been held in various regions around the world.
The outcomes of the conference will be added to a document which captures the opinions of other countries and regions and will be considered in formulating recommendations for future policy directions.