She added that she is particularly pleased with the efforts made in managing health, water, waste, land energy and climate change.
Liburd also indicated that her Ministry continually advocates for meaningful sustainable development goals in order to inform development and technical cooperation partnerships. She however stated that such arrangements must address the region’s unique vulnerabilities and the absolute need to build resilience.
Liburd further stated that she is looking forward to the output that the forum will have on the Caribbean environment.
In delivering the key note address, Minister of Public Works, Housing, Energy and Utilities, Dr. Earl Asim Martin, stated that Caribbean people have to take stock of where they are, in relation to various goals which have been set by international and regional agendas.
He added that the region needs to take an honest look at where it stands in terms of development before planning where it would like to go.
Martin called on Caribbean residents to take responsibility in the way they use water energy and the disposal of waste, in order to reduce pollution.
A number of regional and international delegates and environmental experts are currently here in St. Kitts to attend the forum which is being organized by the Caribbean Environmental Health Institute (CEHI) and the Ministry of Health in St. Kitts.
The forum opened on Monday (21st May) at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort under the theme “Green Economy: Challenges and Opportunities in Managing Health, Water, Land, Energy, Climate Change and our Natural Resources.”
In attendance at the opening ceremony on Monday were Governor General Sir Cuthbert Sebastian, Deputy Premier in the Nevis Island Administration, Hensley Daniel, Minister of Tourism Richard Skerritt, diplomats and top government officials.
Also in attendance at the opening ceremony were, Minister of the Environment and Drainage of Barbados, Dr. Denis Lowe, the Minister of Agriculture of Guyana, Dr. Leslie Ramsammy along with other top regional and international environmental experts.
The evening concluded with the opening of the Exhibition Hall and official tour followed by a cocktail reception.
The forum seeks to foster synergies while promoting a multi-sectoral approach to sustainable development issues, and providing training and networking opportunities.
Activities continued on Tuesday night with a movie night and a viewing of the Exhibition. A Public Lecture is scheduled for Wednesday 23rd May, commencing at 5:30pm, on the subject of The Green Economy: what does it mean to people in the Caribbean.