It gives me great pleasure to deliver the 2015 World Environment Day Address for this World Environment Day. World Environment Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972, and first celebrated in 1973. Since then it has been hosted each year by different cities and it serves as a period in which several initiatives are introduced and implemented or others may be recognized for their sustainable benefit to our region.
The Virgin Islands became the first Caribbean Territory and a leader amongst small island states globally in establishing the policy and financing framework needed to address the causes and impacts of climate change.
The Government of the Virgin Islands through the Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour is forging ahead with legislation to enable holistic environmental management, Climate Change adaptation and mitigation plans.
Residents of the BVI are encouraged to organise a wetland or near shore clean-up and educate themselves on the importance of wetlands as the Territory prepares to observe World Wetlands Day on Monday February 2.