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.