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Less than a week after getting telecommunications giant LIME to reverse its decision about imposing a fee on its customers for printed monthly bills, and then joining his fellow ECTEL telecommunications ministers to put measures in place to address the proposed Cable and Wireless and Columbus Communications merger, Hon James Fletcher has travelled to Lima, Peru to make the case for Saint Lucia and other Small Island Developing States in the crucial international negotiations on Climate Change.

The 20th Conference of the Parties (COP20) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is currently taking place in Lima, Peru. The negotiations and agreements at this critical meeting will establish the framework for the new international legally binding agreement on Climate Change, which will be signed by world leaders in Paris in 2015. Hon James Fletcher, who is Saint Lucia’s Minister for Sustainable Development, is a key member of both the CARICOM and Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) delegations, as well as the chairperson of the CARICOM Regional Task Force on Sustainable Development and the chair of the Regional Coordinating Committee on Climate Change, which is spearheaded by the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (5Cs).

Hon. James Fletcher will be a featured speaker at a German Technical Cooperation event entitled “2015 and beyond: climate finance readiness for transformational change”, in which the critical issue of financing for climate change mitigation and adaptation for vulnerable countries like Saint Lucia and other Small Island Developing States (SIDS) will be addressed. He will also deliver a statement on behalf of CARICOM Member States at a Ministerial Dialogue on Climate Finance on Tuesday 9th December 2014.

On Wednesday 10th December, 2014, Hon. James Fletcher will address the High Level Segment of the United Nations Climate Change Conference, following which he will join other ministers fromAOSIS for a private meeting with the United Nations Secretary General, His Excellency Ban Ki-Moon.
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