Monday, April 11, 2011

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate praise Guyana's Climate Change efforts.

Minister of Finance Dr. Ashni Singh (far right), Executive Vice President of the (IDB) Julie Katzman, IPCC Chairman Dr. Rajendra Pachauri and Head of the (OCC) Shyam Nokta

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Chairman of the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, who is currently on a one-day visit to Guyana, stated that meeting leaders like President Bharrat Jagdeo serves as a source of support and inspiration which helps him to develop a deeper resolve to ‘tell the truth’ as it relates to climate change, amidst the hostility and rejection from those who are opposed to taking action in this regard.
Dr. Pachauri, accompanied by Minister of Finance Dr. Ashni Singh and a high-level team of representatives from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), yesterday visited the Kaieteur National Park and the Baganara Resort during a guided tour to view some of Guyana’s spectacular sights, particularly the majestic Kaieteur Falls.
Members of the team included Executive Vice-President of the (IDB) Julie Katzman and other IDB representatives, Chairman of the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) Winston Brassington, and Head of the Office of Climate Change (OCC) Shyam Nokta.
Dr. Pachauri described his visit to Guyana as an ‘eye opener’ and a wonderful experience.
Minister Singh acknowledged the work of the IPCC Chairman, which he said served as a tremendous source of inspiration for Guyana, and has formed the basis of much of the country’s advocacy on climate change issues.
He added that Dr. Pachauri’s global contribution in drawing attention to the climate change challenges of vulnerable countries is deeply appreciated by Guyana, since climate change is central among the country’s policies.
Dr. Singh also alluded to the outstanding contribution of the IDB to Guyana’s development over the past years.
He said that the IDB has been an outstanding development partner as is evident in the range of projects that the Bank has supported in every aspect of the country’s transformation, and also in institutional reforms.
The finance minister also expressed appreciation for the support given by Canada to the Caribbean in championing the cause of the Caribbean and other small states.

1 comment:

  1. The Effort that Guyana is making towards climate change is not only to benefit this country but for the entire world.This also show that Guyana has a good leader for Guyana to achieve such praise.