Dr. James Fletcher to Address Climate Change Policy Forum in the Philippines

Dr. James Fletcher, Saint Lucia’s former Minister for Sustainable Development, has been invited by the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) to address the CVF High Level Climate Policy Forum in the Philippines Senate in Manilla, Philippines on Monday 15th August, 2016.

Dr. Fletcher is one of six climate policy leaders who have been asked to speak at this high level event that will establish the Philippine CVF South-South Centre and launch the CVF Low Carbon Monitor. James Fletcher, who was Saint Lucia’s minister with responsibility for climate change during the negotiations that led to the adoption and signing of the historic Paris Agreement, also led climate change negotiations on behalf of the Caribbean region and was a key figure in the high level negotiating team of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), leading for AOSIS on the contentious issues of Ambition and Loss and Damage. At the Philippines CVF High Level Climate Policy Forum, Dr. Fletcher will speak on the role of developing countries in the climate change negotiations and how Small Island Developing States and other developing countries can shape and influence outcomes through climate diplomacy and participation in the multilateral negotiating process.

Five other international climate policy leaders have been invited to speak at the Inaugural Lecture session of the High Level Climate Policy Forum. Among them are Christiana Figueres – the former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and current candidate for the position of UN Secretary General, Margareta Wahlstrom – former Special Representative for the UN Secretary General on Disaster Risk Reduction, and Mary Robinson – former President of Ireland and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

The Climate Vulnerable Forum is a forty-three nation international cooperation body for countries that are highly vulnerable to climate change. For the first 18 months of its existence, it was chaired by the Philippines. Its membership is drawn from countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Pacific. At the Manilla meeting, the Philippines will officially hand over the chairmanship of the CVF to Ethiopia.


  1. Anonymous
    August 2, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    That is what a labor administration did, it selected the best academic personnel to get the job done. Today Dr.Jmmy can work anyway in the world. UWP people can’t find a job after they lost an election…. The quality of Labour!!!

  2. Anonymous
    August 2, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    How come UWP people never get invited to speak anywhere? Is it because they are less than mediocre and can only thrive off of political kickbacks?

  3. Fesel
    August 2, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    Chas if ur as smart as u think u’ll keep this man doing his job as a true professional at his best coz there’s no one as qualify as his is in this field not just in SLU but in the Caribbean so put politics a side coz he was ask for specifically by the pros of climate change even if they know he is no longer a government minister in office.

    1. Sad-But-True
      August 2, 2016 at 5:57 pm

      In the World. The European Union has High Regards and Respect for Dr James Fletcher. Highly Respected Saint Lucian. I am Proud of him. Another Great SLP Minister.

  4. Sad-But-True
    August 2, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH, The Ever Brilliant Minds of Our SUPERIOR SLP ADMINISTRATORS, Vis-A-Vis, UWP INFERIORITY. Fpr sure you will see the Vast Difference. Take a look at Sarah Flood (a Lawyer) who is obviously a failure at her profession, can’t make something of Herself other than STAY languishing into the abyss, WAITING TO BE ELECTED SO SHE CAN ONCE AGAIN BE able to FEED HERSELF, PAY HER DEBT AND TAKE CARE OF THOSE CLOSE TO HER. This is the MINDSET ON THE INFERIOR UWPs.

  5. Stephanie
    August 3, 2016 at 2:33 am

    Why should we see this as another opportunity to insult people because of their political affiliation. Cant we not praise Dr Fletcher on his abilities and the respect that he has earned on the global stage and rise above that silly UWP vs Labour nonsense.

  6. Trouble Makers do not go far in Life
    August 3, 2016 at 8:39 am

    Dr. Fletcher was invited so I do not see any issue there. There is nothing in this press release talking about the government or UWP so why bring it up. Lucians are just miserable and like to complain for nothing. For once respond based on what you read. Trouble makers are all you’ll are creating in this country and at the end want to blame government or party Choooops!