Prime Minister the Hon. Gaston Browne is today in Gros Islet, Saint Lucia for the 40th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community, CARICOM where he will seek his colleagues support for the St. John’s Declaration which calls for beating plastic pollution.
Prime Minister Browne says that the issue of plastic pollution forms part of the agenda of the meeting in St. Lucia and he believes that it’s time for CARICOM to address the issue by providing a regional response. “As a major player within CARICOM, Antigua and Barbuda will continue to lead by example in our responsibility to protect the environment. Therefore, I will be calling on all of my CARICOM colleagues to join Antigua and Barbuda in declaring an end to plastic litter and micro plastic pollution in the Caribbean Sea,” said Prime Minister Browne.
The St. John’s Declaration to beat plastic pollution is a step for joint regional action and an appeal to other regions, developed and developing partners, the international community including the UN system, the private sector, and civil society to immediately enact measures to address plastic pollution, particularly in banning single use plastics.
Prime Minister Browne and the other members of the Antigua and Barbuda delegation will also engage in discussions on the CARICOM Single Market and Economy, Blacklisting, Regional Security, the situation in Venezuela, Integrating Caribbean Science and Technology Institutional Capabilities, a proposal to establish a Permanent Africa-Brazil-Caribbean Diaspora Commission and the 74th Session f the UN General Assembly to be held in September.
Other agenda items include border issues between Venezuela and Guyana and Guatemala and Belize and an engagement with the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Norway, Her Excellency Erna Solberg.
Preceding the CARICOM Heads Meeting, Prime Minister Browne and Foreign Minister E. P. Chet Greene will attend the 19th Meeting of the Council for Finance and Planning COFAP where a number of issues will be addressed to include the approval of community policies and instrument towards enhancing financial cooperation in support of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy, strategy on European Union Blacklisting and the appointment of a chairperson of the CARICOM Development Fund