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Dr Pickering speaks to UN @ Ocean Conference in NY

Deputy Premier and Minister for National Resources and Labour Dr The Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering (R7) giving his speech before the United Nations on June 9, 2017. Photo: BVI London Office
Third District Representative and former Opposition Leader Hon Julian Fraser RA will have lots of questions for Deputy Premier and Minister for National Resources and Labour Dr The Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering (R7) at the June 13, 2017 Sitting of the House of Assembly. Photo: VINO/File
Third District Representative and former Opposition Leader Hon Julian Fraser RA will have lots of questions for Deputy Premier and Minister for National Resources and Labour Dr The Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering (R7) at the June 13, 2017 Sitting of the House of Assembly. Photo: VINO/File
NEW YORK, NY, USA- Often accused by his critics for his frequent travel around the world and his efforts to save the sharks while young people in his District go jobless, Deputy Premier and Minister for National Resources and Labour Dr The Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering (R7) gave a major speech before the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, USA on June 9, 2017.

The Ocean conference, which was held between June 5-9, 2017 was held to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 14 – Conserve and sustainably use the Oceans, Seas and Marine Resources for Sustainable Development, according to a BVI London Office Press Release.

VI on board to protect the Ocean

In his address, the veteran local politician first elected to the Virgin Islands (VI) House of Assembly in 1999, told the international community “we wholly support the implementation of SDG 14. As a microstate surrounded by water, I can truly say that the sea means everything to us. It is a source of food, culture, livelihood, health, and more especially, our well-being. The sea also serves as inspiration, transportation and a driver of economic activity. We have an intimate relationship with the sea that is at the heart of our development and identity as a people.”

In addition, according to the press release, Dr Pickering welcomed the commitment by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean to provide the VI with technical assistance for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

In the Deputy Premier’s presentation, he said “I am pleased to report that the United Nations at the regional level has been responsive to the needs of microstates such as the Virgin Islands.  The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean has selected us as one of the first round of countries in the region to receive technical assistance for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals,” the Minister for Natural Resources said.

Back to face the music

However, he further called on the United Nations to provide greater support from across its various agencies to Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) that are Associate Members of the regional commissions.

Dr Pickering has since returned to the VI where he will be peppered with questions at the June 13, 2017 Sitting  of the House of Assembly by Third District Representative and former Opposition Leader Hon Julian Fraser RA.

Note

 The live recording of the VI’s statement in plenary at the UN Ocean Conference can be found online at UN Web TV (begins 2 hrs 09 min into recording) at: http://webtv.un.org/search/part-1-the-ocean-conference-5-to-9-june-2017-7th-plenary-meeting-saveourocean/5466173912001?term=oceans

10 Responses to “Dr Pickering speaks to UN @ Ocean Conference in NY”

  • long look me come from (12/06/2017, 14:25) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    ok then save the ocean the whales, sharks, and seaweeds, his right white friends liberal agenda
    • pete (12/06/2017, 22:39) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      environmental scientists are not black or white. Yes- save the whales sharks and seaweeds-- mangroves and fisheries,
      coral reefs. But no--- we allow private businesses to pump up coast line for personal gain-- many without permits or surveys. These are the regulations that should be implemented if the minister wants to put his money where his mouth is. Then again, maybe he is MAKING money by not challenging environmental violations. He can't talk out of both sides of his mouth. Unfortunately, I do not find him that committed by example. Matter of fact, I don't find anyone in this government other than the stressed out CFD trying to oversee development that might harm our oceans with its erosion.
  • Strupes (12/06/2017, 14:29) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    Strupes...This is our minister of travel and Speech... That's get nothing done in the BVI...Poor tax payers
  • Safe Travels (12/06/2017, 14:37) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    That's the best of he. What is his track record as a Minister for the past 6 years? He is Dancia 2.0.
  • Pleasee... (12/06/2017, 15:05) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    This guy been eating off the hog so long, he now lives in a world unbeknown to us.
  • Xxx (12/06/2017, 15:31) Like (9) Dislike (13) Reply
    Thanks for your good works doc
  • poor we (12/06/2017, 21:07) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    We locals are so small mined and so ignorant it's really sad. We have no vision and zero care of interest for the Virgin Islands sad very sad we don't see the bigger picture.

    Keep it up Doc. Need my children and grandchildren children enjoy out ocean either by sports or food or both....


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