A six-member delegation from the Government of Antigua and Barbuda along with two representatives from civil society organisations attended the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Expanded Constituency Workshop for the Caribbean in St. Lucia from May 28-31, 2019.
The GEF organizes Expanded Constituency Workshops to update the GEF National Focal Points, Convention Focal Points and other key stakeholders, including civil society on GEF strategies, policies and procedures and to encourage coordination. The event enables focal points and their representatives to meet with their regional counterparts. It also allows other GEF partners, especially GEF Agencies, to discuss and review policies and procedures and to share experiences from GEF projects and their integration within national policy frameworks.
The Government of Antigua and Barbuda designated the following persons to attend the session: Ms. Ezra Christopher (Head of Delegation) Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification Representative
Mrs. Lael Betride-Josiah Microbiologist, Department of Analytical Services The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants Representative
Ms. Ameera Ramdin Technical Data Consultant, Department of Environment United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Representative
Mr. Larenso Lawrence Assistant Accounting Officer, Department of Environment Operational Focal Point Representative
Ms. Claudia Steele-Henry Senior Public Debt Officer Ministry of Finance and Corporate Governance Political Focal Point Representative
Mrs. Brenda Odlum Director of the Community Development Division Convention on Biological Diversity Representative
GEF also made provisions for civil society organizations (CSOs) to participate in the Expanded Constituency Workshop and discuss ways of deepening their engagement with the GEF. The GEF Secretariat selected two representatives from CSOs in Antigua and Barbuda to attend:
Mrs. June Jackson, Director of the Gilbert Agricultural and Rural Development (GARD) Center
Mr. Kisean Joseph President & Founder of The New Directions Initiative (Youth and Empowerment)
This year, 150 delegates from agencies and organisations from other countries in the region attended the GEF Expanded Constituency Workshop for the Caribbean.
The Expanded Constituency Workshop featured interactive exercises as well as discussions on gender mainstreaming and GEF’s new Monitoring and Evaluation policy of projects and activities.
A “GEF Knowledge and Learning Day” was also organized to enable delegates to learn from the methods and best practices of five GEF-funded projects in St. Lucia.
The GEF provides funding for projects in Antigua and Barbuda that focuses on preservation of protected areas, climate change, pollution, cross-cutting capacity building initiatives, and biodiversity.
The GEF Caribbean Constituency is comprised of Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.