Antigua and Barbuda: As the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting continues, Prime Minister Gaston Browne shared some glimpses of his doing in the meeting, where he had certain bilateral meetings and visits to the different places.
On the Day 2 of CHOGM 2022, Prime Minister Gaston Browne held a bilateral meeting with UK Parliamentarian Alok Sharma, who is also the #COP26 President. The bilateral meeting reviewed the progress made since the COP26 meetings in Glasgow, Scotland, in 2021 and focused on climate justice and access to finance for SIDS, specifically micro-states.
In a separate session, Prime Minister Browne also held bilaterals with the Foreign Minister of Cyprus, Ioannis Kasoulides. The high-level meeting was led by discussions on EU- Caribbean relations and looked at areas for closer collaboration in shipping, the Blue Economy, and Education.
Further, PM Gaston Browne and his colleagues share a quick dialogue as they prepare for a High-Level Side Event panel discussion entitled: Keeping 1.5 Alive- The Glasgow Climate Pact and Building Momentum towards COP27″, moderated by Christiana Figueres, former UNFCCC Secretary-General.
The panel takes stock of COP26 outcomes, especially progress on the Glasgow Climate Pact, discuss innovative ways to access climate finance, and aims to generate momentum for COP27: Prime Minister Gaston, Browne Justin Trudeau- Prime Minister of Canada, Sheikh Hasina- Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Dr Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi,- President of Botswana, Lee Hsien Loong- Prime Minister of Singapore, Richard Donald Marles- Deputy Prime Minister of Australia and Alok Sharma- COP26 President.
Prime Minister Browne calls for a global windfall tax on large oil companies who directly benefit from environmentally unsustainable business activity during the High-Level Side Event panel discussion entitled: Keeping 1.5 Alive- The Glasgow Climate Pact and Building Momentum towards COP27″.
Secondly, PM Browne met with the Executive Director of the Green Climate Fund (GCF), Yannick Glemarc. The meeting reviewed the work of GCF in Antigua and Barbuda, climate finance, and the blue economy. They also discussed the GCF’s existing and future programs for Small Island Developing States (SIDS).
On Thursday, June 23, 2022, PM Gaston Browne visited the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Rwanda today. The Memorial was the final resting place for more than 250,000 victims of the Genocide against the Tutsi in 1994. PM Browne signed the Book of Remembrance and laid a wreath on behalf of Antigua and Barbuda.
Here are the main objectives of the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Rwanda:
- It helps to provide a respected and dignified place of burial for victims of the Genocide against the Tutsi.
- It will be aware and educate visitors about the causes and implementation. People will get to know about the results and consequences of the Genocide and other genocides in history.
- It will also help to teach visitors about what we can do to prevent future genocides.
- It will provide a documentation centre to record evidence of the Genocide, testimonies of genocide survivors and details of genocide victims.
Here are some glimpse of Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda Gaston Browne