Political leaders from various British Overseas Territories (OT) have selected BVI Deputy Premier, Dr Kedrick Pickering to represent them at an upcoming high-level meeting known as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
The UNFCCC will be held in December.
“I am honoured by the Overseas Territories’ vote of confidence in me and the British Virgin Islands government to represent them at the UNFCCC,” the Deputy Premier said after the selection.
“We have gained a wealth of experience over the years at UN meetings in relation to small island developing states, climate change, and sustainable development which we will bring to bear to advance the cause of the territories,” he added.
Overseas Territories decided on Dr Pickering when they met in London this week for a joint ministerial conference hosted by the United Kingdom government.
Among the things discussed at this week’s meeting was the importance of ‘constitutional reform’ and the ‘need for a new UK-OT relationship’ following Britain’s decision to impose public registers of beneficial ownership on the Overseas Territories.
Discussions also involved the impacts Britain’s impending exit from the European Union (EU) will have on Overseas Territories such as the BVI.
“This was a very useful meeting for the BVI,” Dr Pickering said.
“We are aligned with fellow Overseas Territories on the need to shift the relationship between the UK and OTs to ensure the constitutional position of the territories are safeguarded and improved where needed. We look forward to working together closely on this agenda in the weeks ahead.”
Effectively, the EU is a bloc of 28 countries that allow the free flow of goods and people between member countries. As a British territory, the BVI benefits from a number of EU trade agreements.
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