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Richard Branson (left) and Albert Ramdin, OAS Assistant Secretary General.
Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States
(OAS), Albert Ramdin, met with government officials, private sector
leaders and renewable energy experts from around the world this week to
promote increased use of renewable energy in the Caribbean.
The meeting on “Creating Climate Wealth” took place on Necker and
Moskito Islands, British Virgin Islands, and included the Prime
Ministers of Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, as well as government
ministers and representatives of Colombia, Saint Vincent and the
Grenadines, Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, the United States Virgin
Islands, the British Virgin Islands, Aruba and others.
Organized by President Jose Maria Figueres of Carbon War Room, a
nonprofit organization founded by billionaire Richard Branson to fight
climate change, and hosted by founder Branson himself, the event focused
on concrete initiatives to transition to clean energy usage in key
sectors including health care, education and utilities.
In his address to the meeting, Assistant Secretary General Ramdin
said, “for the governments, political will, vision and long term
commitment will be to key to facilitating lasting change. At the same
time, sustainability will depend on citizens understanding the concrete
benefits of these projects and feeling a sense of ownership. When they
see the benefits like a reduction in their utility costs or a decrease
in the price of goods and services through lower energy costs, then
change can be lasting.”
Ambassador Ramdin concluded his presentation saying, “progress is
being made in the Caribbean on this issue. We are seeing it happen in
countries, one step at a time. The OAS is committed to supporting this
process, and we commend those who have had taken steps in this
For more information, please visit the OAS Website at www.oas.org.
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