Antigua And Barbuda Prepares To Make An Impact At major Climate Change Conference


The Government of Antigua and Barbuda, led by the Ministry of Health, Wellness, and the Environment,  is preparing to actively participate in the 26th United Nations’ climate change conference (known as COP 26) scheduled for 31st October – 12th November in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

Antigua and Barbuda’s delegation to the premier international climate change conference will be led by Prime Minister the Honourable Gaston Browne and accompanied by the Honourable Sir Molwyn Joseph, Minister of Health, Wellness and the Environment, and Her Excellency Ambassador Diann Black-Layne, Director of the Department of Environment and Antigua and Barbuda’s Climate Ambassador.


His Excellency Ambassador Aubrey Webson (Permanent Representative to the United Nations) will be leading the section of the delegation that forms the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) Chair’s team.


The Honourable Dean Jonas, Minister with responsibility for the Blue Economy, will also be attending COP 26 along with a delegation from the University of the West Indies, Five Islands Campus.


This will be the first COP with Antigua and Barbuda as Chair of AOSIS. AOSIS is a coalition that represents the interests of the 39 small island developing states such as Antigua and Barbuda in international climate change negotiations.


The country has been working hard to prepare all members of AOSIS for this important event. That said, the national needs and priorities of Antigua and Barbuda will also be addressed by the national delegation. The national delegation will consist of staff from the Department of Environment, Ministry of Finance, and Office of the Attorney General.


As Minister with responsibility for the Environment and focal Minister for climate change, the Hon. Sir Molwyn Joseph is pleased to report that further to Antigua and Barbuda’s commitment to youth and gender-balanced representation at international climate change conferences such as the COP’s, that the national delegation consists of over 60% individuals under the age of 30, and over 70% of the delegates are women.


The Ministry is also working hard to ensure greater gender balance between male and female participation in its national and international work. One of the first steps to meet these commitments  includes the Apprenticeship Programme which is currently being run by the Department of Environment.


The Ministerof Environment is therefore confident that the team will make the country proud, and looks forward to a positive outcome at COP26 that will strengthen the global response to climate change for the benefit of both the people of AOSIS as well as Antigua and Barbuda.

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  1. Can anyone say, free, free, free, money. Climate Change my rear, no such a damn thing exists.Think about all of those who are making loots from Climate Change,like Al Gore. However, they are still flying around the World in their Private Jets. Damn Hypocrites!!

  2. Who is paying for all these people to go to Scotland? The government can’t pay poor pensioners on time but find money for this junket. Not a thing coming out of this conference except a big party and big speeches. Some people never miss an opportunity to put money in their pockets. Didn’t Molwyn not just return from a conference? As the French aristocrat said, let them eat cake.

    • Poor pensioner has to go a supermarket to steal Lin fish because he can’t get his pension on time and hungry.
      But are you a spend taxpayer’s money to take an entourage to Scotland. Antiguans, take it in ar u behind. This is what you voted for. A bunch of uncaring selfish people.

  3. This COP26 conference will set the stage for major changes that will send this world into a terrible crisis never before seen. All will appear to look good and deemed to be for the benefit of our planet and the human race. However, let it known now that this push by world leaders and religious powers will be a dangerous tragedy.

    Watch this space closely: we are heading into really world changing times.


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