PM Gaston Browne to address climate change, small island issues during ITLOS

During his address, PM Gaston Browne will shed light on the impacts of the climate change, issues of the small island states, and sustainable development. 

PM Gaston Browne to address climate change, small island issues during ITLOS
PM Gaston Browne to address climate change, small island issues during ITLOS

Antigua and Barbuda: Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda- Gaston Browne, is all set to open pleadings of the Commission of Small Island States on Climate Change and International Law at the hearing of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in Germany. 

Prime Minister Browne is the Co-Chair of the Commission (COSIS) alongside the Prime Minister of Tuvalu, Kausea Natano.

During his address, PM Gaston Browne will shed light on the impacts of the climate change, issues of the small island states, and sustainable development. 

Prime Minister Browne is anticipating that action will be taken by the Tribunal as he has stated previously that for decades Small Island States have been stating these truths in international gatherings concerning climate change, including at successive Conferences of the Parties to the UNFCCC.

Prime Minister Browne has previously pointed to the the perilous circumstances into which the people of small island states and their countries are being plunged. 

He has said that consistently on an annual basis, small island states have listened to promises to mitigate climate change which remain unfulfilled.

The country’s leader is also expected to speak about small island states fragile economies as most are dependent on tourism. He is expected to speak about the consequences of climate change as it jeopardize Antigua and Barbuda’s tourism economy which accounts for sixty percent of the nation’s gross domestic product.

He is also expected to link climate change to increased natural hazards, sea-level rise, and ocean acidification and warming which all risk coastal destruction and the collapse of marine ecosystems that support tourism attractions and recreation of both Antigua and Barbuda and other small island states.

Prime Minister Browne is accompanied by Antigua and Barbuda’s Ambassador to the United States, Ronald Sanders and Professor Payam Akhavan, an international lawyer and member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at the Hague. 

He is also a Senior Fellow at Massey College at the University of Toronto and a visiting adjunct at its Faculty of Law. Prime Minister Browne returns to Antigua and Barbuda on Thursday.

International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS)

The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) is an intergovernmental organization created by the mandate of the Third United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea.

 It was established by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, signed at Montego Bay, Jamaica, on December 10, 1982. The Convention entered into force on November 16, 1994, and established an international framework for law over all ocean space, its uses and resources.