David R. Boyd – the United Nations Special Rapporteur, will be visiting St Vincent and the Grenadines from November 25 to December 2, 2021. to measure the effects of climate change on the island.
UN Rapporteur cited, “I am very interested in the national implementation of the right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment. My visit will give a chance to evaluate how this right is translated into national implementation“.
He further noted that he would also study the other environmental issues, including biodiversity, pollution and sustainable development planning, adding that, “I will aim to identify good practices and challenges related to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines’ human rights obligations“.
In between his visit times, he will also meet Government officials, representatives of civil society and environmental activists and will be present his preliminary observations on the visit at a press conference on December 2 at 10 am – (local time).
The media conference would take place at the Grenadine House Kingston Park, Kingstown.
He will present a complete report on the visit to the UN Human Rights Council in the month of March 2023.
This will be ‘the first visit’ of a United Nations Special Rapporteur to the Caribbean island of St Vincent and the Grenadines.
This report will definitely help the SVG government to assess the impact of climate change in a more detailed and comprehensive way, which will further assist the island in making environmental policies and practising steps.
Recently, world leaders were called on a single platform – COP26, where they all discussed the climate change effects and accorded several methods and ideas to tackle the disastrous impacts of climate change.
The Caribbean leaders also participated in the COP26 climate summit, putting forward their strong opinions. The Caribbean region faces the highest destruction amid climate change though it is one of the lowest contributors to the environmental issue.