OECS Concludes Successful 10th Council of Ministers on Environmental Sustainability in Anguilla

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The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) concluded its 10th annual meeting of the Council of Ministers on Environmental Sustainability (COM:ES) on July 13 in Anguilla under the theme “Positioning OECS SIDS for Accelerated and Sustainable Transformation.” In attendance at this milestone hybrid meeting were relevant Ministers, Elected Representatives and technical delegations from all eleven OECS SIDS, most of whom were in-person at the Aurora Resort’s conference room in Anguilla, joined by observers from several development partners, and supported by the team from the OECS Commission. ​

In opening the meeting, OECS Director General, Dr. Didacus Jules, reflected on the tension which exists in OECS Small Island Developing States between the vulnerabilities and opportunities, which he represented as the paradox of the “immovable object” versus the “irresistible force.” He observed that “In more recent times, these [vulnerabilities] have been exacerbated by multiple layers of crises … compounded by the actions and inactions of those who are allowing the needle to move from 1.5 to an almost inevitable 2.6 degrees Celsius of warming.” Dr. Jules reiterated, “What has kept us going and given SIDS a fighting chance is the ‘irresistible force’ embedded in our unity … and our resonance with aligned global partners, voices and actors.”

Countries

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Anguilla

Antigua & Barbuda

Commonwealth of Dominica

Grenada

Montserrat

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Saint Lucia

St. Vincent and the Grenadines