In Monday, March 7, at the famous Passages Bookstore that has previously hosted literary activities attended by Presidents Carter and Obama, Dominica’s Ambassador to the United States Hubert J. Charles, accepted the 2016 Ethical Traveller Award on behalf of the Government and People of Dominica.
Explaining the decision of his Organization to award it’s third consecutive award to Dominica, Jeff Greenwald, Executive Director of Ethical Traveller noted that the country had done “an impressive job of promoting human rights, preserving the environment and supporting social welfare”.
Citing reports by Organizations as the World Bank and UNICEF, independent NGOs as Freedom House and Reporters Without Boarders as well as independent researchers appointed by Ethical Traveller, Greenwald pointed to Dominica’s leadership initiatives in the development of Geothermal Energy, it’s independent legal system, it’s programme to provide free health care to its citizens and continued improvements in access to Education at all levels as having been crucial in.
The current effort to include aspects of marine conservation in the primary curriculum, including reference to the protection of whales and other marine life was highlighted as an important thrust in the area of Animal Welfare.
He insisted that none of the countries on the list had perfect records. Nonetheless, they had all consistently demonstrated a commitment to improvements over time.
Greenwald advised international travelers not to underestimate the influence of their travel dollars. By visiting countries recognized by Ethical Traveller, holiday makers can “use our economic leverage to reward good works and support best practices”.
Ambassador Charles congratulated Representatives of other awardees (Grenada is the only other Caribbean country on the 2016 list) and thanked Ethical Traveller for its recognition of the effort of the Government and People of Dominica to improve the wellbeing of its citizens in a manner that recognizes the importance of sustainability and the recognition of political and human rights.