UK and Caribbean business leaders to discuss the threats and opportunities arising from climate change

According to scientists working with the United Nations, the international community has only to 2020 until reverse the process of climate change through reducing carbon emissions if catastrophic changes in sea levels, extreme weather conditions, tidal surges and extensive damage to reefs and coastlines are to be avoided.

Environmental security resulting from climate change is now at the top of the international agenda. In recognition of this, the second UK/Caribbean Business Forum, which will take place in Port of Spain, Trinidad on June 8th, 2007 will solely focus on the challenges and opportunities for the Caribbean arising out of the global response to climate change.

The forum will detail how the current international focus on climate change will, in practical terms, impact on Caribbean business practice. It will further explore how the Caribbean private sector should harness the economic opportunities which are arising from the ongoing debate on climate change.

The opening session will include an address by the Hon Anthony Hylton, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Jamaica, Dimitri Zenghelis, lead author of the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change, and Dr Kenrick Leslie, Executive Director of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre. Panel speakers from the Caribbean and UK private sector will put the growing international debate into a Caribbean and business context.

Attendance is open to the Caribbean and UK private sector and other key stakeholders with an interest in ensuring that the Caribbean region understands and maximises its response to the opportunities arising from global changing thinking about climate change. There is no charge for attending.

For further information please contact Stephanie Whittle

Contact Details:


Stephanie Whittle

Caribbean Britain Business Council

+44 (0) 20 7235 9484


Carol Ayoung

Chief Executive Officer

Caribbean Association of Industry and Commerce

+1 868 622 1148

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