Ambassador Series with H.E Len Ishmael: Eastern Caribbean States as SIDS, charting the global waters in a period of change and opportunity

The Caribbean states despite their small sizes and negligible contribution to global gas emissions, remain among the most vulnerable to the impact of climate change. The recent climate change declaration signed by all ECS members showed their commitment to address this issue ahead of the COP21 Climate Change Conference in December in Paris. However, we ask what is the future of Small Islands Developing States, economically dependent on tourism, when climate changes makes them so vulnerable? How can small states influence global policy, such as the COP21 climate agreements, that affects them so fundamentally? How do other global issues affect the very survival of Small Island states in the Caribbean? Join us at the next monthly Ambassador Series for an interesting debate with H.E. Ambassador Ishmael, Eastern Caribbean State Ambassador to the EU who will be sharing her thoughts about her region with YPFP members. Additionally, we will discuss ECS’s paradise myths and realities from pirates to eternal holidays and how all this impacts its political and economic ties with the European Union and other countries in the region. H.E Ishmael has served as Ambassador Designate of the Eastern Caribbean States Missions to UK, Belgium and European Union since February 2013. In May 2003, Dr. Ishmael assumed leadership of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) as its first female Director General since its establishment 33 years ago for over 10 years. From August 1997 to May 2003, Dr Ishmael was the Director of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UN ECLAC) Regional Headquarters for the Caribbean. Ambassador Ishmael will also give advice to young professionals pursuing a foreign policy career based on her vast expertise in this field.

The event is only for YPFP members.

REGISTER: https://goo.gl/3C3wDS

June 30, 2015 at 6:30pm - 9pm
ECS Chancery
42 Rue de Livourne
Brussels 1000
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