Minister Attends Regional Heads Of Govt Meeting

August 18, 2022 | 0 Comments

Minister of Home Affairs Walter Roban participated in the ‘First Regional Heads of Government Meeting in preparation for COP27′ held earlier this month in the Bahamas.

A Government spokesperson said, “In preparation for COP 27, which will be held in Egypt later this year, Deputy Premier and Minister of Home Affairs, the Hon. Walter Roban, JP, MP, travelled to Nassau, The Bahamas. There he participated in the ‘First Regional Heads of Government Meeting in preparation for COP27′ held from 16-18 August.

“This was held under the Chairmanship of The Bahamas Prime Minister, the Honourable Philip ‘Brave’ Davis and in partnership with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change [UNFCCC]. The primary purpose of the meeting is for island states to begin the process of having a unified Regional position on the agenda to be discussed in Egypt in November.

“It brought together heads of Government, international finance partners, and relevant stakeholders to discuss the mitigation, adaptation and means of implementation.

“The overriding motive is to support the people and livelihoods of the numerous ocean states in the Caribbean Region.

“Discussions included adaptation, mitigation, support and cross-cutting issues, and a presentation from the Bahamian Government on its Carbon Markets initiatives and opportunities for the Region to lead in this space.

“Although the first of its kind, the Regional Heads of Government Meeting on Climate may be added to the UNFCCC calendar as a Regional climate meeting. It is hoped that future meetings will be included on the UNFCCC calendar as an annual event.

“This meeting has also allowed the Overseas Territories in attendance, Anguilla, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Virgin Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands, to discuss our own positions as a group that may be advanced at COP27 as we engage other countries and international organizations.”

“In advance consideration of Bermuda’s and other Overseas Territories’ participation at COP 27, this meeting of Government Heads was an excellent opportunity for growing and fostering dialogue and networking with other Caribbean nations,” said Minister Roban. “It has allowed governments to advance meaningful partnerships and policy positions to address climate change, the concerns around it, and development in a sustainable manner, which is vital to the people of Bermuda.”

“I also expressed my gratitude to the UN and Bahamian Government for including Bermuda and the other territories in this important meeting. Together we expressed a willingness to work as part of the Region’s effort and as part of the international island community to make a substantial impact at COP27.”

The Government noted that the “UNFCCC covered the cost of travel, accommodations and meals for Minister Roban.”

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