McClean calls for deeper cooperation on climate change

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Maxine McClean says Barbados will be leaning on its international allies, such as the Republic of Korea to advance the interests of small island developing states following the withdrawal of the United States from the Paris agreement.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Maxine McClean

Last week, President Donald Trump rejected the deal aimed at curbing global warming, charging that it would severely hurt Americans.

Trump, who has been heavily criticized for the move, claimed that the deal would have resulted in the loss of more than 2.7 million American jobs by 2025. He vowed to work on “a fairer deal” that would benefit American workers.

USPresident Donald Trump

McClean who was disappointed with Washington’s move, suggested that now was not the time for countries to surrender the fight against climate change.

“As we know the United States of America which was expected to play a leading role in the efforts to reduce climate change has signalled its withdrawal from the Paris agreement, now more than ever countries like Barbados and Korea will have to redouble their efforts and work closely together to lead their commitments and targets,” she said at the start of a concert celebrating 40 years of diplomatic relations between Barbados and the Republic of Korea last Friday at the Walcott Warner Theatre at the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus.

McClean added that Barbados and the Republic of Korea would continue to advance efforts to develop the renewable energy sector.

“The relations between Barbados and the Republic of Korea are based on trust and a commitment to cooperation in our respective and shared interests. Our countries stand apart on a map but we stand close together in the common desire to provide the best possible life for our people,” she said.

Korean Ambassador to Barbados Doo–Young Lee, who welcomed patrons to the event, endorsed her comments as he hailed the close ties developed between the two countries since 1977.

Korean Ambassador to Barbados Doo–Young Lee.

“Forty years ago, as the leaders of our two countries agreed to join efforts for the common peace and prosperity of our two friendly nations, I am confident that we will steadily and continuously pursue our common endeavours in the years to come.”

The concert entitled Sounds of Korea 2017 was an exquisite showcase of culture.

The stars of the night were Korean traditional music group, The Queen that performed a mixture of traditional and modern Korean music.

Korean traditional music group, The Queen

The seven-member all female group who was beautifully attired in their traditional Korean dresses, named a hanbok, captivated those in attendance with their piercing vocals and shrilling sounds.

Using their unique instruments such as the gayageum, daeguem, haeguem, geomungo and electronic violin, The Queen left the audience in awe with their performances of contemporary music pieces such as hits like You Raise Me Up and the Mission Impossible Soundtrack.

The group also performed a medley of Korean pop songs to the delight of the younger members of the audience.

14 Responses to McClean calls for deeper cooperation on climate change

  1. Jennifer June 5, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    What climate change?????

  2. Alex Alleyne June 5, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    You people in office can’t even get the people of Barbados to stop burning stuff in their backyard and you out there talking about leaning on allies about climate change ??????.

  3. Ralph Williams June 5, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    How out of touch with the reality that prevails now in the alternative energy sector is Maxine McClean?. The Koreans submitted a tender to Government many months ago for supplying and installing PV panels on many government buildings but now several months after the deadline for the announcement of who won the bid the government’s silence is deafening. The alternative energy industry in Barbados is virtually dead now. Killed by the unrealistic rules of the FTC and Maxine McClean could be talking about joining with the Koreans? To do what??

  4. jrsmith June 5, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    @,Jennifer , + Alex A , hail, hail, good shots, the world pollution which is man made and was caused by heavy (Industrialization ) of some parts of the world , in our region we were never given the chance , because of the corporate greed then and now which got the shot in arm from (Donald Trump)…
    The french accord was sign by 195 countries most of who are poor and hoping for a win fall ………………………….
    My take the world and nature itself is gradually going back to its natural clean format, because again the corporates can become still even richer, by exploiting nature’s free sunlight … and wind power using cheap technology using the poor countries as they cash cows, by the free funding by mainly the (US)………..
    Our politicians uses the climate change as an excuse for not bringing our country infrastructure up to Parr and forgetting we are in the 21st century…………………………………………….

  5. Milli Watt June 6, 2017 at 5:10 am

    @ Ralph this contribution sounds like something Bizzy would say hmmmmmmmm…………any howsssss clearly de Koreans are unaware of how slow we move on this island and would be advised to note what de Donald had to say and note that this minister used the words LEANING ON which means we looking for a hand out. To my korean friends to be fore warned is to be fore ‘armed’

  6. Frank White June 6, 2017 at 7:01 am

    Climate change talks are just another device to extort another tax from the people, believe that, and that’s why Trump is cancelling out of it because he knows the truth… Climate change is a hoax, the threat is coming from the outside and that’s why they have they huge infrared telescope, even the Vatican have installed theirs… They have a huge seed vault with all the seeds known to man stored there… They have huge underground bases (DUMB) all ready to go when the time comes but guess what, you are not invited… They have you distracted with fake news about planes flying into towers and a plane hitting the pentagon, plastic bags and turtles, ozone layers, fake terrorist attacks as they make their moves between the tick and the tock of the clock…

    Either the minister knows what’s really going on and playing the game like all the others that you trust or she doesn’t have a clue… Either way, you should conduct your own research and stop letting these people think for you…

    • Jennifer June 6, 2017 at 7:27 am

      Oh Frank, you cleaver little cookie. I know some would get it. Trump ain’t no B$hi**er. These Korean, Japanese etc lot know about all of this climate change hoax too, it is only the stupid sheeple in Bim who is being strung along to engage in FUTILE money spending in the name of climate change. Renewable energy, etc which will not make any difference to climate change. Why is it that these black governments appear to be the last to know about any thing going on outside of their island or is it that they are part of the disinformation program to the masses. Mind you the masses themselves are suckers for foolery and DISTRACTION with all the external stimuli and politics.

      Fake terrorist attacks and false flags (same wicked spirit), this is the new BS to impose the agenda on world slave plans. And Frank they are actually 4 seed vaults the one in Alaska is being flooded by the melting ice caps.

      • Jennifer June 6, 2017 at 7:36 am

        This is why it is so difficult to even bother to comment on SOME of these so called terrorist attacks. WATCH the videos VERY CAREFULLY – With OWL EYES. we are dealing with some very, very sick derange people and cohorts.

  7. Frank White June 6, 2017 at 10:01 am

    Well said Jennifer, well said, they are gearing up to introduce martial law which will give them the control they need to bring about the prison planet… As long as you can read their language, which comprises of signs, symbols, numbers and hand signals, you will definitely know what they are doing…

  8. Alex Alleyne June 6, 2017 at 11:38 am

    By the way ……….NICE LEGS…..LADIES.

  9. Peter June 6, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Ralph Williams is correct> he’s putting his money where his mouth is. You don’t have any money to put anywhere. Face it. this DLP administration is hopeless. Instead of looking at ways to generate money for this country, they tax the sheet out of people so they can live with their power. I would like them to remember this…….. There is only so much one can take. You guess the rest…..

  10. F.A.Rudder June 6, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    Oh how uninformed some human beings can be !! Climate change is real, meteorological and can be most experienced on the Greenland coastal Zone. Migratory birds are also a key indication of weather patters.

  11. Belfast June 6, 2017 at 11:39 pm

    This is the same woman who a few weeks ago spoke on behalf of Caricom,apparently.stating that Caricom is willing to go to the aid of Venezuela, if asked. ……. Like a bloody elephant asking a sparrow to airlift him across a gully. Jackasstress!

  12. Belfast June 6, 2017 at 11:41 pm

    I am looking forward to the day when Trump offers an invitation to these Caribbean Prime and Foreign Ministers.


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