Minister of Finance, Sustainable Development and ICT Camillo Gonsalves has written a book about climate change and its impact on sustainable development in small island states (SIDS)
The book, “Globalised. Climatised. Stigmatised.”, is a 186-page collection of essays about the specificities, opportunities and developmental challenges of small island states.
It will be launched on Monday at the Calliaqua Town Hall.
The book launch will feature a review by University of the West Indies Lecturer Tennyson Joseph, and comments by community activist, social commentator and “globalisation warrior” Renwick Rose.
The book discusses debt, diplomacy, sovereignty, blacklists, inequality, climate change, the blue economy and the role of the state in development and other topics.
In the book, the minister takes an expansive overview of the various ways in which “smallness and islandness” affect the progress of islands in global affairs.
Globalised. Climatised. Stigmatised. was also launch on April 17 at the United Nations by the President of the United Nations General Assembly and discussed by a panel of experts including the UN Secretary-General’s special envoy for climate change, the chair of the Alliance of Small Island States, the chair of the Pacific Small Island Developing States and the Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations.
Calling the book an excellent example of St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ “thought leadership” at the United Nations, President of the United Nations General Assembly María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, said, “‘Globalised. Climatised. Stigmatised.’ is a provocative title that very neatly captures the essence of the challenges faced by Small Island Developing States. . . it already has a guaranteed place on my bedside table, and I warmly commend its messages to you all.”