Transforming the public sector for climate governance and the role of Commonwealth Parliamentarians highlighted at CAPAM Conference in Guyana 

The President of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Guyana Branch and First Vice-President and Prime Minister of Guyana, Hon. Moses Verasammy Nagamootoo has spoken of the critical role that Commonwealth Parliamentarians can play alongside governments, ministries and the public sector to ensure that climate considerations are not separated from economics to improve the lives of global citizens. Guyana’s Prime Minister also spoke about the need for a combination of both international cooperation and local approaches to tackle these global issues.

Hon. Moses Verasammy Nagamootoo said: “Climate change is real and all sustainable development will require partnerships and collaborations across borders. This reveals the reality of cross-border implications and the need for inter-state cooperation as climate change can affect countries that may not themselves be internally vulnerable. However, while CAPAM will invariably play its part in assisting with transformational change and international cooperation, a sustained, local multi-stakeholder approach to any green agenda is necessary for its effective and efficient implementation.” To read the full speech of the Prime Minister of Guyana please click here.

With many regions experiencing both shared and unique climate challenges, the conference heard that effective and efficient climate governance must occur across government systems and through a multitude of sectors and industries in order to better tackle complex environmental matters. Within this context, nations and their public service professionals are increasingly being called upon to urgently address, mitigate and proactively manage this global transformation.

The Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management (CAPAM) 2018 Biennial Conference took place in Georgetown, Guyana from 22-24 October 2018 on the theme of ‘Transforming the Public Sector for Climate Governance’. The biennial conference also heard from Tan Sri Dr. Ali Hamsa, President of the CAPAM Board of Directors and former Chief Secretary to the Government of Malaysia; Ms Gay Hamilton, CAPAM Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer; and Ms Katalaina Sapolu, Director of the Governance and Peace Directorate of the Commonwealth Secretariat.


Updated 30 October 2018.

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