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Friday, December 18, 2009 - Prime Minister Stephenson King met with Caribbean Youth attending the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Copenhagen.  Participants in the meeting included the Secretary General of CARICOM, Dr Edwin Carrington and Dr Edward Greene, Assistant Secretary General of CARICOM with responsibility for Human and Social Development.


In engaging the Caribbean Youth, most of whom were representatives of the Caribbean Youth Environmental Network (CYEN), the Prime Minister gave his assurance that as the lead speaker for sustainable development on the quasi cabinet of CARICOM, he would advocate on their behalf at the regional level.


He praised the youth representatives from Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, Barbados and Grenada, who were present, for their initiatives with regard to sustainable development throughout the region.  CYEN has members in 17 Caribbean countries.  They along with other Caribbean youth involved in other organizations like the National Trust have been involved in sustainable development projects and the protection of their future.


The Prime Minister also pledged to raise the awareness of Saint Lucians in general and of the youth in particular, about the need for them to become more involved in preserving Saint Lucia.  The official Saint Lucian delegation consisted of three youth delegates, Mr Neil Occuli a student studying in the United States, Ms Angela St Denis, a CYEN Youth Coordinator for Saint Lucia and Mr Nintus Magre, one of Saint Lucia’s CARICOM Youth Ambassadors.  The youth representatives thanked the Prime Minister for his initiative and promised to assist in mobilizing Caribbean youth on sustainable development and climate change.





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