Global warming concerns Dominica – Vince Henderson

Ambassador Vince Henderson

Dominica is committed to the principles of environmental sustainability but remains concerned over the impact of global warming on developing countries.

This statement was made by Dominica’s ambassador to the United Nations Vince Henderson during an address to UN’s 67th general assembly on Monday night.

“Dominica is committed to the foundational principles of environmental sustainability,” Henderson said. “This is clearly demonstrated by our nature isle approach to sustainable development. The sustainable use of our natural resources have contributed to our tourism product while at the same time blessing our citizens with the most beautiful place on earth to call home.”

However Henderson noted that climate change remains a burning issue for Dominica and other small island developing states (SIDS). “The failure to date to reach a legally binding outcome on climate change is cause for great concern,” he argued. “While the debate continues, the challenges to our islands are becoming greater.”

He said Dominica is committed to a multilateral approach in tackling the issue of climate change. “The vulnerability of Dominica to the effects of global warming underscores our commitment to a multilateral approach aimed at combating climate change,” the ambassador pointed out. “The impact of climate change continues to manifest itself in a number of ways resulting in greater challenges to the survival of SIDS.”

Henderson stated that the timely creation of a road map for a new legally binding document on climate change must be treated as a matter of urgency.

He also said that Dominica continues to pursue its geothermal resource potential which he said will allow the island to move away from the generation of electricity from fossil fuels within the next five years and reduce the cost of electricity. “Work is expected on the construction of the first power plant in the first quarter of 2013,” Henderson said. “We anticipate by 2017 all our electricity needs will be met by a combination of sources of hydro and geothermal.”

He said Dominica will be carbon neutral, even carbon negative, by 2020.

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40 Comments

  1. Ghetto gyal
    October 3, 2012

    I think too much workers party people does check DNO wee pal all they can do and say is NEGATIVE get a life DA not that bad all u too bias shate man. MO MORE LPO GOT THAT????? let de damn country roll man

    • Wash Brigadier 1979
      October 3, 2012

      you know, some people just refuse to elevate themselves from the “ghetto”, to them it’s fashionable to be poor and ignorant. I pity you ghetto gyal….at least make use of the scant opportunity afforded to you at the DSC by the current administration education is it’s own reward, even though it will be difficult to get employment. that’s a better use of your time than trying to keep DOMINICANS (like yourself) from expressing their WARRANTED and VALID concerns…. I thank you.

  2. CIA on the watch
    October 3, 2012

    The petrol tanks in Jimmit does not reflect this ambassador environmental Jibe

  3. Justice and Truth
    October 3, 2012

    Some people do not think beyond. Words I use for global warming are ‘fire and brimstones’ which will purge the world of all evil elements. This may not occur in our lifetime. After all is said and done I do not think that Dominicans should worry unduly. You are residing in a warm climate and may not notice the difference in temperature unless it is abnormally high or low.
    The UN is making a big mistake by including the small countries in this global warming as they do in some matters which they should not interfere with.

  4. ROSEAU VALLEY
    October 2, 2012

    DNO, Kindly allow your readers to click, see and listen to His Excellency Mr. Vince Henderson, Permanent Representative to the UN at the General debate of the 67th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations (New York, 25-29 September and 1 October 2012).

    http://webtv.un.org/watch/dominica-general-debate-67th-session/1873077772001/

    Also allow them to see Minister Raburn Blacmoore- of Dominica at the General Debate of 6th Plenary Meeting, Rio+20 in Brazil

    http://webtv.un.org/search/dominica-general-debate-6th-plenary-meeting-rio20/1702797052001?term=Dominica

    Respectfully
    Roseau Valley

  5. 1979
    October 2, 2012

    boy mister is a WASTE of time. Not that
    global warming is not an important issue, but it is not one of the most pressing at this time. boy everytime I see these dudes, one word comes to my mind.

    PATHETIC

    • Justice and Truth
      October 3, 2012

      I tend to agree with you. Dominicans being concerned about global warming. If they were in a big country, I could understand it, considering the population, the number of factories, other businesses and vehicles which remit noxious fumes, smoke and soot in the air also from chimneys.
      Al Gore is making a mint with his global warming information. Some people do not believe it and are also not interested.

    • Ghetto gyal
      October 3, 2012

      bshut up hater hahahahahaha u will see dem dere doh

      • Wash Brigadier 1979
        October 3, 2012

        hahahah hater???? LOL oh boy your vocabulary alone portrays exactly what you are. no need for a rebuttal…. DOH!! HAHAHAHAHAH

        thanks for the laugh…

    • Freethinker
      October 3, 2012

      Global warming “is not an important issue?” Seems “pathetic” applies more to the original poster than to Vince.

      • Wash Brigadier 1979
        October 3, 2012

        oh boy. another one of my countrymen void of perspective…. can u describe to me the impact of Dominica’s carbon foot print at a global level???

        being able to throw caca is not all thinker….. you must also be able to for a feasible argument..

        WHAT IS YOUR ARGUMENT???

        I await your response.

  6. new york
    October 2, 2012

    just words dude

  7. October 2, 2012

    we speak so well…really we do. yet we are so hungry and thirsty. it feel like dominicans speak with watering mouths!

  8. Anonymous
    October 2, 2012

    These guys can really talk well eh? If only Labour can bottle their talk and sell it we would be richer than China!

    The only aspect of the gobal warming crisis they are concerned about is what funds are available and how they swipe from it!

    • Joe
      October 2, 2012

      That fund you speak of will go yowards our development is that a bad thing??

      Gosh some of you confuse ppl just don’t know when to stop!!!

    • 1979
      October 2, 2012

      YES I AGREE TOTALLY. they so caught up with their schemes they don’t even realize their half slip showing.

      • Anonymous
        October 3, 2012

        LOL half slip!

        I am not confused at all, Joe. A portion of the funds will disappear, another portion will go towards inflated salaries and perks then the $2.00 left will then go towards acually carrying out the mandate for which the funds were intended and we can all agree that $2 is hardly sufficient.

        But if you truly believe that the funds will be spent on developing DA then good for you! I have some swamp land in the north to sell you at the rock bottom price of EC$50 million. It’s a steal! Call me!

    • under the radar
      October 3, 2012

      lol lol lol stop reading my mind.

  9. Dave Thomas
    October 2, 2012

    How about stopping the burning of toxic garbage like styrofoam, plastic and rubber?
    Dominica always looks like it’s on fire.

  10. Anonymous
    October 2, 2012

    Brilliant presentation. I listened with both ears open. You made your point. I only wished that you told the Haitian people to organize themselves so that they can take controle of their affairs so that they will stop using Dominica as their stepping stone for backdoor to the neighbouring French Islands and the US and stop posing as Dominicans after printing our passport and using false birth-certificate.

    • Anonymous
      October 3, 2012

      He will tell our brothers and sisters in Haiti that as soon as the thousands and thousands of Dominicans living in other countries illegally come back home and then apply to legally live in those countries. Deal?

  11. Reader
    October 2, 2012

    Good going Ambassador! Glad to hear that Dominica is making strides to become carbon neutral.

    • 1979
      October 2, 2012

      LOL ohhhhhhhhhhh please. strides?? really? these dudes keep clutching at straws.

  12. Anonymous
    October 2, 2012

    Global warming is a sham. To have more control of every aspect of your life. Learn the facts. Besides DA carbon footprint is very minimal. The changes should be made by large industrial countries that actually cause climate change.

    • under the radar
      October 3, 2012

      i think they’re pitching global warming like they did the 2000 millennium bug etc… just that this time, there is no deadline, just a prolonged sustained slow and wretched pitch. i back you up on this one. the planet must undergo these changes. we have to adapt, we can’t change the planet. its not the earth than needs saving, its the humans on it.

      • Freethinker
        October 3, 2012

        Really, “under the radar?” Fantastic. Now, where’s your peer-reviewed paper with evidence for your claims? After all, you seem to know so much about the entire planet and its workings that you couldn’t simply be a little-educated poster rambling on about conspiracy theories; no, you must be a renowned scientist with great credentials. Do enlighten us all, Mr. or Mrs. Radar.

    • Freethinker
      October 3, 2012

      Everything is a sham to you people, isn’t it? Global warming, the moon landing, 9/11–for all I know, you think the roundness of the Earth is a sham, too.

      There are legitimate issues within the community about the specifics of global warming (including misrepresenting info to the public by one corporation), but what is not an issue is the mere fact that global warming, spurred on by human activity, is itself real. If you don’t trust the vast quantities of scientists who endorse this, who are you going to trust? Non-scientists talking about science?

  13. Anonymous
    October 2, 2012

    It would be fantastic to work on the high level of “CARBON MONOXIDE” in the atmosphere. Every bus, car dump truck, vans releases a huge amount of thick black smoke every day. It must be made mandatory to have vehicles tested for carbon monoxide. The atmosphere is literally black. Any vehicle found release carbon monoxide should be fine. We say we are the nature isle and there is nothing nature about this poisonous gas.

    There should be a law against this

    • Antianonymous
      October 2, 2012

      All vehicles emit Carbon Monoxide you jack***

    • Looking in
      October 2, 2012

      Yow, Carbon Monoxide is a colorless, odorless smoke. Because these vehicles release black smoke doesn’t mean it’s carbon monoxide. Please try to educate yourself on the subject before running to make comments.

    • Justice and Truth
      October 3, 2012

      It is the type of fuel they use. They should try using a better quality fuel. Dominica has a lot of fresh air which could counteract that, unlike a big country. Consider when you wake up in the early morning and you have the fresh-smelling air, also at nights.

  14. Anonymous
    October 2, 2012

    Thats it my former high school classmate and loyal friend.You go my darling.Geothermal thats the way.

    • 1979
      October 2, 2012

      smh, let’s ask someone from the Hawaiian island how “great” geothermal is. better too be thought of as a fool, (you know the rest)

      does anyone in Dumminica have any idea what an INFORMED opinion is????

      raise your hands please..

      • under the radar
        October 3, 2012

        very few do… to the majority: “you just like to play like you so smart” very infantile people yes.

  15. Bee
    October 2, 2012

    Hmmm Vince you resurrect again? twice in what? three years?

  16. anonymous2
    October 2, 2012

    More UN propaganda that they hope people will buy in to.

    • Justice and Truth
      October 3, 2012

      As always. You are correct.

  17. Anonymous
    October 2, 2012

    That’s right Vince, stay focused and just don’t sign us on to any gay UN resolutions. U kno wha’a mean.

  18. DominicaFirst
    October 2, 2012

    Geothermal huh..! Interesting! I would really like to see the Environmental Impact Assessment results..

  19. Really?
    October 1, 2012

    I want your job! lol

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