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and prevent the loss of biodiver-
sity and ecosystem services.
Steiner said countries were
making key efforts towards build-
ing green economies which would
help reduce carbon footprints and
promote a green lifestyle change
in the population and lauded Bar-
bados for its own effort.
He said Barbados had been a
leader internationally in the green
economy and was among more
than four dozen countries begin-
ning to look at a tradition of green
economy "as an investment
opportunity, a technology oppor-
tunity, a development opportu-
nity and are keen to create green
jobs to address unemployment."
Additionally, he said, those
countries were also addressing
the vulnerability of environmental
change in their economies.
Steiner admitted that while the
move towards a green economy
would have a positive change on
the environment, it was a struc-
tural and transformative process
which was not easy.
"It needs to be financed, it also
needs capital, financial markets
to enter into the economy
because otherwise we will not
have the resources to make it
happen," he added.
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United Nations Environment Pro-
gramme (UNEP) executive director
Achim Steiner says the critical chal-
lenges facing small islands, like T&T,
will be brought into focus when the
first-ever United Nations Environ-
mental Assembly (UNEA) is convened
this month in Kenya.
Steiner, speaking with the T&T
Guardian in Barbados last Thursday,
said it was hoped when the challenges
of small island developing states were
highlighted at the global platform that
international help would be rendered.
"The UNEA for the first time will
provide every member state of the UN
Assembly with a voice to speak and a
vote in determining international envi-
ronmental initiatives to link the envi-
ronment with the social economic
dimension," Steiner said.
Problems brought on by the impact
of climate change and rising sea levels
in the Caribbean, Steiner said, would
once again be brought to the attention
of the globe.
He said small island and coastline
countries were facing economic prob-
lems as they tried to stave off the
impact of environmental challenges.
He said in the next ten to 20 years
countries along the African coastline
would have to spend in the range of
US$30 billion on adaptation to climate
The Caribbean, he said, would also
have to spend billions in adaptation.
"That means that not spending
that money on improving health serv-
ices, development infrastructure, but
just maintaining what you have will
require that sort of investment.
"The money which Caribbean
countries will have to expend in the
next ten to 15 years on adaptation is
also going to go down to tens of bil-
lions of dollars and this is the chal-
lenge we are trying to demonstrate
by using things that connect a local
phenomenom with global warming,"
Steiner stressed the need for coun-
tries to move towards a green econ-
UNEP defines a green economy as
one whose growth in income and
employment is driven by public and
private investments that reduce carbon
emissions and pollution, enhance
Opposition MP Colm Imbert has
described as crazy a provision in
the Indictable Offences (Committal
Proceedings) Bill to give the DPP
new powers in certain matters
before the magistrates court.
Imbert said so during his con-
tribution to last Friday House of
Representatives debate, saying the
legislation was bad and only intend-
ed to benefit lawyers.
He noted that the Judiciary had
expressed its objection to the pro-
vision and indicated that he was
surprised Attorney General Anand
Ramlogan was proceeding with
Imbert added that if the Judiciary
had told the AG the provision inter-
fered with the separation of powers
principle, then the matter should
not have been taken lightly.
Imbert said Clause 33 "gives the
DPP the right to direct a magistrate,"
while under the original law the
DPP has the ability to appeal a mat-
ter in the Court of Appeal, instead
of directing the magistrate to retry
"Madness," Imbert shouted, while
Opposition Leader Keith Rowley
was heard saying: "Craziness."
"How could you put in a law that
the DPP could give directions to a
magistrate that he thinks proper, so
he could tell the magistrate whatever
he wants?" Imbert asked.
Imbert reminded legislators that
it was only the police to whom the
DPP could give directions.
Imbert said many of the provi-
sions in the repealed Section 34 bill
should have been retained in this
bill, and if many of those provisions
were not included the Opposition
would not support the bill.
UN Evironmental Assembly in Kenya this month...
Challenges facing small islands in focus
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The UNEA will be convened on
June 23 to 27 in Nairobi, Kenya,
and will be headed by UN
secretary general Ban Ki-Moon.
High-level representatives from
160 UN member states and
observer states, as well as,
business and civil society groups,
are expected to participate in the
discussions on the themes of
sustainable development goals,
including sustainable consumption
and production, and the illegal
trade in wildlife.
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The explanatory note to the bill
Clause 33 of the bill would
provide for where the DPP is of
the opinion that the accused
should not have been committed
for trial in the High Court but
should have been dealt with
The clause empowers the
Director of Public Prosecutions to
give directions in relation to the
matter as he thinks fit and
requires those directions to not
only be in writing but also be
signed by the Director of Public
The clause goes on to provide
for the procedure to be followed
where the accused person is in
custody or out on bail.
Provision is made for the
proceedings to continue under
the Summary Courts Act, Chap.
4:20 in the same manner as if the
magistrate had formed an opinion
in terms of section 94 of that act.
AB C A :
Four people, including an
employee of the Registrar Gen-
eral s department of the Min-
istry of Legal Affairs, have
been arrested by police on
fraud and corruption charges
relating to bogus land trans-
Three of the men appeared
yesterday before a Port-of-
Spain Magistrate s yesterday,
the Ministry of Legal Affairs
The ministry employee, who
worked in the copy room, has
not yet been charged.
Registrar General, Karen
Bridgewater-Taylor, said the
arrests are the direct result of
the ministry s crack-down on
fraud and corruption.
She warned that the ministry
has adopted a zero tolerance
policy towards such activities.
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