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Prime Minister Gaston Browne In UAE for World Government Summit

Prime Minister the Hon. Gaston Browne arrived in Dubai, UAE on Saturday, where he will participate in the World Government Summit – The Climate Project commencing later today.
 
Prime Minister Browne will first participate in a panel discussion along with the Prime Minister of Dominica the Hon. Roosevelt Skerritt, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Marshall Islands, the Hon. John M. Silk and Minister for Climate Change and Environment of the UAE, Dr Thani Al Zeyoudi.  The discussion will surround the theme Extreme Weather and Rising Tides: Preparing for the New Normal.  The guest speaker for the event will be international film star and Antigua and Barbuda Economic Envoy Robert De Niro.
 
On Sunday afternoon, Prime Minister Browne will participate in a press conference to launch the Climate Project. The Climate Project is a two-year initiative to share knowledge on coping with climate change as well as promote finance-able climate resilience projects for developing countries.
 
The Project will deliver customized products, together with key implementing partners, for at-risk countries and communities. These products will raise awareness, support communities to increase their climate resilience, bolster job creation and capacity building, and contribute to the objectives of the Paris Climate Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals. 
 
The Project will carry out its work under three main pillars: 
 
1.     Gender and Youth – Women and children are disproportionately affected by climate change. They are a least five times more likely to die during natural disasters and have less recovery capacity in the face of climate risk, especially in agricultural and rural communities. There is a need to increase their access to resources and information, as well as improve their engagement in decision-making. 
 
2.     Extreme Weather Events – Climate change is now considered to be a primary driver and intensifier of humanitarian crises, as evidenced last year alone with the devastation caused by Hurricanes Harvey, Maria, and Irma. Weather-related events accounted for 23.5 million displaced persons in 2016, and the majority of refugees originate and live in “climate change hotspots.” These impacts are likely to worsen in coming years, and there remains a gap in preparedness and resilience support.
 
3.     Sustainable Solutions – Major shifts in infrastructure planning and finance – from energy to coastal management – will be required to meaningfully mitigate and adapt to climate change. There is a need for credible, transformative projects – and the political will to get them financed. 
 
Participating in the Press Conference with Prime Minister Browne will be Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation; His Excellency Dr Thani Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment;   Robert De Niro, Academy Award-winning Actor, Producer, Director; Adnan Amin, Director General, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA); and  His Excellency Elhadj As Sy, Secretary General, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). 
 
The country’s leader will also hold bilateral discussions with top UAE Government officials to include His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, grandson of the President of the UAE, H.E. Reem Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Cooperation, the Minister of Culture, the Minister of Artificial Intelligence, Executive Director of Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, The CEO of Etihad, Director General of IRENA, and CEO of Mashreq Bank.
 
While in Dubai, the Prime Minister will also make television appearances and participate in interviews with VOX News, an American news and opinion website with over 54 million readership; Deutsche Welle – Germany’s  public international  broadcast network reaching 157 million persons worldwide; and Dubai TV which caters to Arab family audience in the Arab World and is also available in Australia , Europe , North America and Asia with a reach of over 90 million persons.
 
Prime Minister Browne is accompanied in Dubai by Ambassador Gilbert Boustany, Chief Environmental Officer Diann Black Layne, Ambassador Brian Challenger and Counsellor in the Permanent Mission of Antigua and Barbuda to the United Nations Tumasie Blair. 
Photo Captions: Prime Minister Browne with international film star Robert De Niro upon arrival in New York on Friday.  It was also the Prime Minister’s Birthday.

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