Speaking at the forum’s High-Level Dialogue on August 31, Dr. Pickering highlighted the outcomes of the Caribbean Summit of Political and Business Leaders hosted in the BVI in May 2013 which was spearheaded by Founder of Virgin Group, Sir Richard Branson. The summit, the Minister pointed out saw the launching of the second phase of the Caribbean Challenge Initiative (CCI) and pledges of $70 Million were made by companies, governments, non-governmental organisations and international institutions to support conservation of the coastal and near shore environment of a number of Caribbean countries and territories.
“The Caribbean Challenge Initiative of which the BVI is a part can serve as a model of multi-sectorial partnerships for other Islands around the world to follow in mobilising resources to conserve their biodiversity. It was also very useful to hear about the experience of other Islands in terms of partnering with the private sector to meet sustainable development goals.” Dr. Pickering told the Forum.
The UN Private Sector Forum brought together leaders of government, the private sector and non-governmental organisations to discuss how businesses can play a greater role in the sustainable development of SIDS.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon headlined the event as the keynote speaker of the High-Level Dialogue.
The Deputy Premier is currently attending the UN Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States from September 1 through 4 on behalf of Premier Dr. Hon. Orlando Smith, OBE. He is joined by Deputy Director of the BVI London Office Benito Wheatley.