News Release: HAMILTON, Bermuda – The Ministry of Home Affairs is pleased to update and share photos of the Deputy Premier and Minister of Home Affairs, the Honourable Walter Roban, first two days attending the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland. 

Yesterday, Minister Roban participated in a meet-and-greet with the UK Overseas Territory (UKOT) delegations participating at COP26 (photos attached). 

Today Minister Roban’s activities started with discussions with UKOT colleagues at the Commonwealth Pavilion on climate change and its impact on island nations. Following this, the Minister participated in investor roundtables on Attracting Clean Energy Investment in Small Island States, which was opened by the Rt. Hon. Patricia Scotland QC, Baroness Scotland of Asthal, Commonwealth Secretary-General.

The day concluded with a discussion on creating business cases for Small Island States to attract finances for a clean energy sector. The case study used was that of the Seychelles Republic. Included in this discussion was the launch of a toolkit to assist Commonwealth members with creating business cases.

As a reminder, the highlight of Bermuda’s involvement in COP26 in the UK Pavilion during COP26, Nature Day, will be on November 6. Minister Roban will lead an event entitled Our Vision for Healthy Oceans”. The event will be thematically focused on raising awareness, protecting our oceans and how the Overseas Territories are taking action against climate change. Also, throughout the day, a video collaboration of all the Overseas Territories will be featured. 

The event and video collaboration will be live-streamed at https://youtu.be/X8keWKNrTb0 

Photograph 2: Overseas Territories attending COP 26 in Glasgow as part of U.K. Delegation overflow listed in order left to right:

·         British Virgin Islands – The Hon. Vincent Wheatley Joseph Smith-Abbott, Minister of Environment

·         Anguilla – Quincia Gumbs-Marie, Parliamentary Secretary Economic Development, Tourism, Natural Resource and Information Technology

·         Bermuda – The Hon. Walter Roban, Deputy Premier and Minister of Home Affairs

·         Turks & Caicos – The Hon. Josephine Connolly, Minister for Tourism, Agriculture, Fisheries, Heritage and Environment

·         Cayman Islands – The Hon. G. Wayne Panton, JP, MP, Premier and Minister for Sustainability and Climate Resiliency

·         Tristan Da Cunha – Stephanie Martin – Environment Policy Officer. 

·         Turks & Caicos – The Hon. Josephine Connolly, Minister for Tourism, Agriculture, Fisheries, Heritage and Environment

·         British Virgin Islands – The Hon. Vincent Wheatley Joseph Smith-Abbott, Minister of Environment

·         Bermuda – The Hon. Walter Roban, Deputy Premier and Minister of Home Affairs

·         The Commonwealth – The Rt Hon. Patricia Scotland QC, Baroness Scotland of Asthal, Commonwealth Secretary-General

·         Anguilla – Quincia Gumbs-Marie, Parliamentary Secretary Economic Development, Tourism, Natural Resource and Information Technology