PRESIDENT Bharrat Jagdeo is supplementing the international lobby for Guyana’s climate change model in more interviews with leading global media agencies and newspapers.He has been interviewed by Reuters, one of the largest news agencies in the world, the American TV network CNN, and has met the Editorial Board of the prestigious New York Times on the sidelines of the special climate change summit called yesterday by United Nations Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon.
NEW YORK, Sept 21 (Reuters) - The president of Guyana wants to turn his country into one of the world's most environmentally progressive countries by preserving vast swaths of tropical rain forest -- if rich nations pay for it.To help prevent climate change, Bharrat Jagdeo told Reuters in an interview, he could keep intact some 37 million acres (15 million hectares) of mostly untouched rain forest in the South American country by being paid an annual fee of up to $580 million .
Austrailian Prime Minister, the Hon. Kevin Rudd has lauded Guyana’s leadership on climate change.In a meeting with President Jagdeo in New York on Monday, Prime Minister Rudd expressed his country’s interest in collaborating with Guyana in the global effort to address climate changePresident Jagdeo also took the opportunity to outline Guyana’s Low Carbon Development Strategy.President Jagdeo and Prime Minister Rudd are in New York for, among other things, today’s High Level Meeting on Climate Change convened by UN Secretary General, Mr Ban Ki-Moon, in the framework of the 64th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
Guyana is scoring more points for its climate change leadership role and its deforestation model that seems certain to set the pattern for other forest countries.Building on this international high profile, President Bharrat Jagdeo left Sunday for a round of key climate change talks at the United Nations General Assembly in New York and meetings on the sidelines.Further commendations for the country’s Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS) have come from the government of Norway and the prestigious Clinton Foundation.The Norwegian government expects to conclude an agreement soon with this country that could result in funds to help its avoided deforestation and forest degradation model.