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Hon Turnbull attending climate change conference in Egypt

- is expected to meet new UK OT Minister
Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Honourable Melvin M. Turnbull (R2) is presently representing the territory at the 27th Conference of the Parties (COP27) in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. Photo: Hon Melvin M. Turnbull/Facebook
The United Nations Climate Change Conference COP27 opened in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt on November 6, 2022, in with the key aim of ensuring full implementation of the Paris Agreement. Photo: UN Climate Change
The United Nations Climate Change Conference COP27 opened in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt on November 6, 2022, in with the key aim of ensuring full implementation of the Paris Agreement. Photo: UN Climate Change
SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt- Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Honourable Melvin M. Turnbull (R2) is presently representing the territory at the 27th Conference of the Parties (COP27) in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.

Minister Turnbull, a Government Information Services (GIS) press release on November 9, 2022, said climate change is a global crisis that frankly no territory or country can afford to ignore. He stated that the Territory is at a crucial place in history, where if action is not taken, life as we know it may never be the same. The climate change crisis aggravates social, economic and environmental threats.

“Globally, the increasing frequency and intensity of extreme weather events is impacting the lives and livelihoods of millions of people. Rising global average temperature and rapid global warming are causing alarming consequences on human beings and all other forms of life on earth. In the Virgin Islands, we have first-hand experience through increased flooding, stronger tropical weather systems, which includes the devastating Hurricanes of 2017, Irma and Maria. The universal goal of COP27 is to accelerate global climate action through emissions reduction, scaled-up adaptation efforts and enhanced flows of appropriate finance,” Hon Turnbull said.

Collaboration & participation 'crucial' 

The minister said he intends to collaborate with other Overseas Territories (OTs), Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Latin American states, to influence the global conversation about climate change solutions, particularly as it relates to the negative effects of climate change on our ecosystems and weather patterns.

In speaking about the VI’s mission for COP27, Honourable Turnbull said, “It is important to note that small island nations such as ours typically have the smallest carbon footprints and produce the least amount of pollution, but however, suffer consequences that we are far less able to mitigate than larger countries and states, whose contributions to climate change is greater.  This is why our presence and participation in COP27 along with other small island states is crucial.”  

Minister Turnbull added that he looks forward to the response from the international community to the Territory’s concerns, and to the technical and financial partnerships that will materialize from the BVI’s participation in COP27.

A chance to meet new OT Minister

According to the United Nations, COP27 Climate is also a unique opportunity for the VI  to strengthen its partnership with the United Kingdom Government through the newly appointed Overseas Territories Minister The Rt Hon. Lord Goldsmith.

Honourable Turnbull is positioned to meet with Lord Goldsmith to discuss support mechanisms; as well as private stakeholders; and is a speaker at Protagonist Latin American and Caribbean Parliaments: Mobilising Climate Finance – in support of the Parliamentary Observatory on Climate Change and Just Transition (OPCC), which the VI has a declared partnership with.

The conference will focus on the implementation of the 2015 Paris Agreement, political discussions with focus on climate finance, emission targets, and the role of large states. The Conference of Parties is a meeting of governments that have signed onto the world's major climate change agreements: The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Kyoto Protocol, or the Paris Agreement.

COP27 runs from November 6 to 18, 2022.

42 Responses to “Hon Turnbull attending climate change conference in Egypt”

  • WEW (10/11/2022, 13:41) Like (47) Dislike (0) Reply
    As Pockwood pond spews cancer causing, climate warming, pollutants all over the West End
    • Gus (11/11/2022, 09:31) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      ... and he presumably flew there first class, and has checked into an expensive hotel with a/c running 24 hours a day!
    • greta (11/11/2022, 09:34) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
      There are more private jets parked at the airport at Sharm El-Sheikh than ever before - the same occurred when all the persons supposedly concerned about climate change took private jets to Scotland a year or so ago! Rank hypocrisy!
    • @wew (11/11/2022, 09:57) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      So what are the solutions.

      All our trash cannot be handled with the incinerator as some open air burning must occur. That is a reality. We may have to designate one of the outer islands just for the Territory's trash.

      How is Bermuda handling theirs when their territory's acreage is 21 square miles (and a handful of tiny cays of less than a square mile, if that much) and 70K population when compared to BVI largest island, Tortola, of 24 square miles and about 28K population on it?

      I await how you figure the BVI Government should handle it by writing it down here!


      Providing practical solutions is the key. That is a way ordinary persons can help Government solve problems!

      I urge you to please write it down.

      Have a good day!
  • justin (10/11/2022, 13:44) Like (53) Dislike (6) Reply
    that travel money could have gone into fixing the roads in this territory: is it me or the public highways are very dangerous to drive on: you have to lookout for the approaching vehicles: you have to look down for those cisterns, sorry those potholes!!!!!

    Turnbull could have stay right here and tune into zoom and attend the gatherings virtually: and the church said Amen!!!!
  • resident (10/11/2022, 13:50) Like (41) Dislike (7) Reply
    wasting more of our money
    • traveller (10/11/2022, 21:04) Like (3) Dislike (17) Reply
      You people here need to grow up and travel some more. This negative tola mentality must go. Always crying down the politicians for every damn thing. Stop it man!! Politicians from all over the world will be there in Egypt trying to learn something about the disappearing earth and how to avoid such by positively contributing to our environment. Trying to to help save mother earth. And you guys here bad mouthing Mitch chatting crap. I am so sorry for you all. You all need to go go go and see the world ....learn what's out there.... get ideas from the best in the world... instead of sitting on this rock running ayo flabs critiquing and criticising every move your leaders make. May God help us allY
      • Hmm (11/11/2022, 04:36) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
        The point is his permanent secretary should have been in attendance or somebody from the climate change team unit. In a few months he will no longer be mniwter, and that knowledge will be lost.
      • justin (11/11/2022, 07:30) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
        @ traveller:-
        as a citizen of this territory and looking around. from my boyhood days we had sewage issues: public roadways without proper lights: lack of street water in some communities and that list goes on: it is about time does who are voted into public office pay more attention to home affairs

        mr traveller
        would you take the few pennies that you have to feed your children and give those pennies to some stranger(just to show-off yourself

        keep the faith
      • resident (11/11/2022, 09:07) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
        stop biting bum and acknowledge that this was a waste of money
  • sanchez (10/11/2022, 13:56) Like (37) Dislike (5) Reply
    Realistically, what does the territory expect to gain from this trip - absolutely nothing.
  • Crazy joe (10/11/2022, 14:00) Like (18) Dislike (6) Reply
    He better enjoy his 10 g ticket white he can
  • Tired.. (10/11/2022, 14:06) Like (27) Dislike (8) Reply
    How do we get rid of these guys and get on with making our Territory great? Can he point to anything he's accomplished? People wake up! We need to look for folks that are doing real things with their own funds. If you're dependent on Government to travel, a vehicle to drive and kickbacks, you're not who we need.
  • What a waste (10/11/2022, 14:08) Like (25) Dislike (1) Reply
    1st class ticket in excess of 15000 dollars
  • Sad (10/11/2022, 14:09) Like (15) Dislike (5) Reply
    Boy, represent your district. Imagine, the Pyramids seeing more of you that the 2nd district. Anyway, all good thing will come to an end.
  • any bets? (10/11/2022, 14:10) Like (6) Dislike (5) Reply
    When he comes back you all will hear how many holy sites he visited
  • smoke (10/11/2022, 14:12) Like (23) Dislike (0) Reply
    without being rude honestly what is Mr Turnbull gonna do at a climate conferance in egypt. money could/should be spent on stopping the deadly smoke at pockwood pond
  • CLIMATE IMPACT OF HIS TRIP BELOW (10/11/2022, 14:17) Like (22) Dislike (0) Reply
    From: Tortola (VG), EIS to: Sharm El Sheikh (EG), SSH via: JFK, New York J F Kennedy International Apt, United States of America, US, Roundtrip, Business Class, ca. 24,100 km, 1 traveller

    CO2 amount: 7.7 t

    In order to stop climate change, this is the maximum amount of CO2 that can be generated by a single person in a year

    CO2 0.600 t
  • Hmm (10/11/2022, 14:19) Like (12) Dislike (6) Reply
    When are we ever going to learn????
  • National Benefit (10/11/2022, 14:36) Like (27) Dislike (1) Reply
    Mitch we heard you refused to fly in the back and demanded only first class. We are curious though, what benefit this conference is to the country, when we got so many people driving on crummy roads?
    • Citizen (10/11/2022, 16:44) Like (6) Dislike (36) Reply
      It is so sad to see and hear the way our representatives are treated. I never heard any other country calling down their representative like that. All the others travel in Airforce planes and special planes. Any way a prophet has no honor in his own country.
      • Mike Oxlong (11/11/2022, 07:27) Like (28) Dislike (0) Reply
        Look at our track record, not to mention roads and schools.
  • Pfft (10/11/2022, 15:01) Like (24) Dislike (0) Reply
    We burn garbage in the open, we burn fossil fuels to generate electricity, mandate that everyone be connected, everything is imported by fossil fuel burning ships, and have maximum tariffs on solar. Don't need to go to COP27 to learn what BVIs can do about global warming. Wasted tax money just for a bit off grandstanding, and a photo op.
  • What hope do we have (10/11/2022, 15:08) Like (27) Dislike (1) Reply
    What legislation has the BVI passed in respect to any changes regarding climate change?
    We are still dishing out styrofoam and single use plastics, when will this end?
  • Stay home! (10/11/2022, 15:44) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    In order to stop climate change, reduce/eliminate your carbon footprint, in other words, stay HOME!
  • 2 million (10/11/2022, 16:00) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    What happen to the 2 million you got?
  • ccc (10/11/2022, 16:36) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply

    Look what he did to the Labour commissioner and he pushing work permit for his br*****r

    The man is bad news power gone to his head

    • HMMM (10/11/2022, 19:16) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      He did nothing to the Labour Commissioner she did what she did to herself strupess and the biggest instigator is the inspector he did what he been doing and continue to throw her to the curve he is responsible for a lot of crap that been going on in there he is who collecting and the rest sinking
  • WOW (10/11/2022, 16:48) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Exactly,climate conference,BUT BURNING GARBAGE OPEN AIR ALL NIGHT
  • Vax (10/11/2022, 20:35) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    He took the poison
  • End time Agenda (10/11/2022, 21:37) Like (21) Dislike (0) Reply

    Watch this and you all will see what is going on. It is not about so-called- Climate Change. It is about the law that will soon be enforced on the entire world. They said that EVERY country in the world has to become involved. On the November 13th they will proceed to Mount Sinai to think to change God's 4th Commandment.

    Daniel 7:25 says:
    And he shall speak great words against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the Most High, and think to change times and laws; and they shall be given into his hand until a time, and times, and the dividing of time.

    LOOK OUT THE NATIONAL SUNDAY LAW IS GOING TO BE MADE at Mount Sinai where God gave Moses the 10 Commandments. We are in the end times.

  • wake up (11/11/2022, 00:04) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    I'm watching this COP.
    One of the first to speak was the honorable lady premier aka leader of Barbados. Please find and tune in to the effect of climate change. She is advocating for our entire ecosystem.

    On another note, does the Minister have anything to add? Shall he address the fact that whomever has enough $$ can fill loose dirt and boulders onto what was once a thriving reef or a breeding ground.....

  • Pharaoh Mitch (11/11/2022, 00:29) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Can someone post a meme of Mitch on a camel in front of pyramid
  • the puzzle (11/11/2022, 05:41) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    What I can never understand is why politicians go to all these informative and long term long term planning, strategy and solution events when their stay is short term. Why not send someone who will be in the department for years to assist in planning and implemting solutions. In Mitch case in a matter of 4 months he maybe out of that office, all that information and knowledge gone with him. Not good.
  • We are all responsible (11/11/2022, 07:36) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    We all need to make changes regarding climate change, the shops need to stop giving out plastic bags for one thing, we don’t need Mitch to tell us that, it’s our planet and we need to protect it for our children, that’s on us as human beings, not the government.
  • YAWN (11/11/2022, 08:57) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    So whilst we continue to burn trash making our people sick and work permits take months to process our minister for natural resources and labour flies first class to a summit in Egypt. Great use of public money!
  • answer (11/11/2022, 13:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Climate change is all around us. why Egypt! Go to the Bible its there it is sin, and the wear and tear of the world population. invest in the community stop been followers You all know better, Pray and things will turn around for all of us take education from first place and put The CREATOR OF HEAVEN AND EARTH who own this world first.He will show US how to stop the climate change.
  • second district (11/11/2022, 14:13) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Stretches of public road are so overgrown its dangerous and there have been 2 head on accidents (yes residents have been out and chopped their land but there's a lot of fallow stretches). We cant get a little bush cutting and our Rep is swanning around Egypt worrying about the environment, strupppess
  • Beware (11/11/2022, 15:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The Most High Yahuah said He will destroy them who destroyed the earth. The problem is NOT the regular citizens but cabalish satanic world politicians, high world prominent business entrepreneurs, celebrities who sold their soul to satan and their evil master satan whom they obey. This is all in their cabalish plan.
  • Lily Ann (13/11/2022, 01:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Stand Down imitation Minister, Mia Mottley GOT THIS !!! She is THE DEFINITION of a leader, she says it like it is, and hold others accountable to point out the issue, and gets things done !!! Oh how I wish she was Premier of the BVI. everybody would be on their Toes now !!!

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