Montserrat hosting OECS environment council meeting
This year, the much-anticipated Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Council of Ministers of Environment Sustainability (COMES 5) will be held in the island of Montserrat. The fifth meeting of COMES will take place from July 10 to 11, under the theme “Building Resilience on the Frontlines of Climate Change”.
The COMES 5 comes at a critical juncture, given the severe economic and social impacts of the hurricanes of 2017 and will provide the forum for ministers to engage with senior technocrats and development partners and to make decisions that will advance the climate and overall environmental resilience of the region.
Last year, COMES 4 was held in Grenada under the chairmanship of Senator Simon Stiell, minister of state responsible for human resource development and the environment of Grenada under the theme “Accelerating Sustainable Development: Addressing Challenges and Creating Opportunities.”
This year, the high-level meeting will be chaired by David Osborne, minister of agriculture, trade, lands, housing and the environment of Montserrat.
Montserrat is strategically placed to host such a major event. The Emerald Isle of the Caribbean has been able to build resilience despite the eruption of the Soufrière hills volcano that buried the southern part of the country. Today, Montserrat remains attractive and still keeps secrets waiting to be revealed to visitors.