A delegation headed by Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas departed the federation on Tuesday 19th June to attend the conference.
Prime Minister Douglas is therefore among thousands of parliamentarians, mayors, UN officials, Chief Executive Officers and civil society leaders who are also attending the event. The meeting (Rio+20) is designed to shape new policies to promote prosperity, reduce poverty and advance social equity and environmental protection.
Countries have been holding talks to come to an agreement on the draft outcome document on environmental, economic and social issues at the heart of the Conference.
Rio+20 follows on from the Earth Summit in 1992, also held in Rio de Janeiro, during which countries adopted Agenda 21 – a blueprint to rethink economic growth, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection.
The delegation left the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport early Tuesday morning for Rio de Janiero on a special aircraft arranged by the Government of Brazil.
Other members representing the federation are Federal Minister of Energy, Dr. Earl Asim Martin; Carlisle Powell, Minister of Planning in the Nevis Island Administration; Randolph Edmeade, Director of Physical Planning and Verna Morris, Foreign Service Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.