Grand Bay, Dominica: Dr Vince Henderson- the Parliamentary Representative for the Grand Bay Constituency and Minister for Planning, Economic Development, Climate Resilience, Sustainable Development, and Renewable Energy of Dominica, shared glimpses of his visit to New York City.
During his visit to the city, Dr Henderson applauded and encouraged Patricia Scotland for her leadership skills and incredible work in staying at the position of Secretary-General of the Commonwealth.
Dr Vince Henderson noted that his visit to New York City was a part of a team meeting with United Nations representatives of Commonwealth Countries ahead of the June 20-26 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Rwanda and a crucial leadership vote.
Extending his gratitude, Dominica Minister added, “I would like to thank the country representatives who have met with our team. We appreciate your time, feedback and support.”
He further lauded Scotland for raising climate-related issues and said that as Minister for Climate Resilience, Sustainable Development and Renewable Energy, he had seen the priority placed on climate issues by the Commonwealth under the stewardship of Baroness Patricia Scotland.
Further, Patricia Scotland has been fighting for the top position against Kamina Johnson Smith from Jamaica and the meeting for deciding the suitable person as a Secretary General of the Commonwealth.
Henderson also hoped that Baroness Scotland has backed up her calls for urgent and sustained attention to climate issues by the international community through ambitious climate initiatives, including;
- Assistance to member countries in crafting and implement their national climate plans through the Climate Action Enhancement Package;
- Improve access to financing for Africa, the Caribbean, and Pacific states through the flagship Commonwealth Climate Finance Access Hub;
- Mainstreaming gender and youth issues in climate action;
- At a critical time for climate action, we look forward to Baroness Scotland’s continuing her term as we advance our plans for energy resilience and transition, finance our adaptation and mitigation projects and consolidate issues for small states and Africa