Environment Minister calls on Int’l Community to ‘step up’ and do more


WED 1[www.inewsguyana.com] – As Guyana joined the rest of the world in observing Environment Day today (Thursday, June 05), Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Robert Persaud urged the international community to “step up” and deliver on commitments made in terms of protecting Guyana’s environment and its sea defence.

Speaking at a World Environment Day ceremony at the Kingston Bandstand, Persaud reiterated that the protection of Guyana’s coastline is linked to the economic and social existence of Guyana.

He explained that while Guyana has been enhancing its legislation and improving awareness, much more needs to be done at the municipal, regional and national level.

“But we do not see the collective political will at the international level…we don’t see commitments being delivered upon. It is not only about raising or turning up the amplifier regarding what we need to do…the threats we face individually, we cannot carry out the investments alone, it requires strong collective action and resources,” the Environment Minister said.

The Ministry plans to hosts a series of “national conversation” to increase awareness at addressing issues of the environment.

World Environment Day (WED) is the United Nations’ principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment.WED 2

Over the years it has grown to be a broad, global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated by stakeholders in over 100 countries. It also serves as the ‘people’s day’ for doing something positive for the environment, galvanizing individual actions into a collective power that generates an exponential positive impact on the planet.

WED was observed under the theme, “Raise your voice not the sea level.”



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