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Posted on on April 14th, 2010
by Pincas Jawetz (


———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Isada Chambers
Date: Tue, Apr 13, 2010 at 9:32 AM
Subject: Re: Barbados’ Candidate for UNFCCC

Dear Sir,

Your most recent posting which queries whether the Government of
Barbados would nominate an Opposition member for the post of UNFCCC
has been drawn to our attention. We can confirm that Senator Thompson
of Barbados has in fact been nominated by the Government because of
her experience and qualifications, the importance of climate change to
Small Island Developing States and the opportunity to place a well
qualified Barbadian in a critical post.

You may wish to note that while Ms Thompson is an Opposition Senator
she has long experience in  environment having been a Minister of
Environment since 1994. She  led the Barbados delegation to Kyoto and
was one of the Ministers in the closed door negotiations who crafted
the Bali Action Plan. At various times, along with the environment
portfolio, she was Minister of Energy, Housing and Lands, Physical
Development and Planning, and Health. She has also acted as Attorney
General. In recognition of her work in environment, in 2008, UNEP
awarded her the prestigious Champion of the Earth Award. Other
awardees include His Serene Highness Prince Albert of Monaco, and
several former high level leaders, Presidents Thabo Mbeki and Mikhail
Gorbachev, Prime Minister Helen Clark, now UNDP Administrator, Al
Gore, and former American Senator Tim Wirth Director of the UN
Foundation. Since leaving office she has led a legal and policy
practice specialising in energy and environment in which capacity,
working for agencies such as the OAS, Ms Thompson has reviewed energy
and environmental legislation and developed national sustainable
energy policies for 4 Caribbean countries. She lectures on energy and
ecology and has worked with NGOs world wide including Pew, SEEM,
CIWIL, and CCCCC. She has been endorsed by 350. Please see their

Senator Thompson holds an LLM in energy and environmental law from the
Robert Gordon University in Scotland, an MBA with distinction from the
University of Liverpool, UK, the dissertation of which was in energy
policy management, and an LLB from the University of the West Indies.
She was admitted to the Bar in 1987. She is also trained in Economics,
Renewable Energy, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Arbitration and
International Petroleum Negotiations. She has been involved in
negotiations involving legal matters since 1987 and matters involving
policy, climate change, financing of projects and programmes and with
trade unions  since 1994.

In every regard, politically, professionally and academically, Ms
Thompson is well equipped and suited to be Executive Secretary of the
UNFCCC. In addition the voice of SIDS has been an important one in the
UNFCCC process, not only because of their peculiar vulnerability but
because of the very high quality attitudes and perspectives they have
brought to the negotiating table. A female, developing country
candidate from a SIDS who is as knowledgeable and qualified as Senator
Thompson would bring a lot to the table and would be a bridge builder
between North and South, developed and developing countries.

We invite you to get to know Barbados’ candidate by reviewing the
attached documents. We would also be happy to let you have others if
you wish. Alternatively, Senator Thompson’s writings for Our Planet,
SEEM and other papers, journals and organisations are public and

Thank you for your attention.


Sonia Marville-Carter

Isada Law Chambers
Monteith Gardens
Barbarees Hill
St. Michael
BB 12059
(246)435-4008 / 435-4009

The word Isada is taken from the vocabulary of the Arawaks, one of the
indigenous tribes of the Caribbean; pronounced ee-sah-duh, it means
“to do what is right and just.”



Senator Henrietta Elizabeth Thompson Bio – HET-BIO-mfa.pdf
Senator Henrietta Elizabeth Thompson CV – HET-CV-mfa.pdf

Download load in PDF format: UNEP-PR

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Climate change links 2008 Champions of the Earth award winners
Green achievers from Bangladesh to New Zealand will be honoured at
international award ceremony in April in Singapore.

Nairobi, 28 January 2008 –From protecting the unique biodiversity of Yemen’s islands
to piloting climate-proofing strategies in Sudan and boosting conservation in Barbados,
the 2008 Champions of the Earth are making their mark across the planet.

Prince Albert II of Monaco, former US Senator Timothy E. Wirth and New Zealand’s
Prime Minister Helen Clark – whose country will host World Environment Day this year
with the theme ‘Kick the Habit: Towards a Low Carbon Economy!’ – are among the
seven environmental achievers chosen for this year’s awards, the United Nations
Environment Programme announced today.

The Champions of the Earth prize, which will be given out at a ceremony in Singapore
on 22 April, recognizes individuals from each region of the world who have shown
extraordinary leadership on environmental issues.

The other 2008 Champions of the Earth are: Balgis Osman-Elasha, a senior researcher
at Sudan’s Higher Council for Environment & Natural Resources; Atiq Rahman, the
Executive Director of the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies; Liz Thompson, the
former Energy and Environment Minister of Barbados; andAbdul-Qader Ba-Jammal, the
Secretary General of the Yemen People’s General Congress.

All the winners have spearheaded outstanding initiatives in many different areas from
environmental policy to cutting-edge research, with a particular focus on sustainable
development and the fight against climate change.

The announcement comes on the eve of the 10th Special Session of the UNEP
Governing Council, which will bring together over one hundred ministers from around
the world inMonaco on 20-22 February. This year’s Governing Council will also focus on
the urgent challenge of climate change – specifically, the issue of mobilizing finance to
realize a low carbon world.

Achim Steiner, the UN Under-Secretary General and UNEP Executive Director said:
“Today, we face environmental challenges of unprecedented magnitude. More than
ever, our planet needs committed leaders and achievers like the 2008 Champions of the
Earth who spur real, positive change and fuel innovative solutions to environmental
problems. In doing so, these inspirational individuals demonstrate not only that action
and different development paths are possible but also the abundant opportunities arising
as a result of a transformation towards a green economy.”

2008 Champions of the Earth


Rt. Hon. Helen Clark
By setting a carbon neutral goal for New Zealand, Prime Minister Helen Clark has put
her country at the forefront of today’s environmental challenges. Three major policy
initiatives launched by Miss Clark are also blazing new trails for sustainability and the
fight against climate change: the Emissions Trading Scheme; the Energy Strategy; and
the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy.
Miss Clark’s policies champion renewable energy and energy efficiency across key
sectors of the economy. Her government is also achieving substantial work on
environmental protection, from forestry and agriculture to improving public awareness
and boosting private sector involvement in sustainability.
New Zealand will be hosting this year’s World Environment Day –one of the principal
vehicles through which the United Nations stimulates worldwide awareness of the
environment and enhances political attention and action. The event will take place on 5
June 2008 with the slogan ‘Kick the Habit! Towards a Low Carbon Economy’.

Dr. Balgis Osman-Elasha
Dr. Balgis Osman-Elasha, a senior scientist from Sudan, is at the forefront of global
research on climate change. A leading author of the Intergovernmental Panel on
Climate Change (IPCC) reports, she has produced groundbreaking work on global
warming – the defining challenge of our era – in Africa, with an emphasis on northern
and eastern Africa.
Dr. Osman-Elasha’s emphasis on global warming and adaptation in Sudan is vital given
the strong interlinkages between climate change and conflict in the country. Her work as
a prominent researcher on climate change makes her a true role model for women in
The award also recognizes Dr. Osman-Elasha’s efforts to educate Sudanese university
students about the issue of climate change, thus raising awareness among the country’s
new generation.

Dr. Atiq Rahman
Dr. Atiq Rahman is an eloquent advocate for sustainable development from Bangladesh
– a country highly vulnerable to climate change and flooding. As one of the top
specialists in his field, the Executive Director of the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced
Studies (BCAS) transformed the NGO into a leading think-tank in South Asia on
sustainable development issues.
Dr. Rahman’s extensive publications on the subjects of environment and development in
Bangladesh are a reference for his peers, and he has also developed an innovative
post-graduate course on sustainable development and North-South dialogue.
With his national and international experience in environment and resource
management, Dr. Rahman’s expertise remains vital throughout the Asia Pacific region
and beyond as he helps to raise awareness of the hazards of global warming.

H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco
One of Prince Albert II’s first acts as sovereign of Monaco was to sign the Kyoto
Protocol – an eloquent sign of his longstanding commitment to the environment. Prince
Albert has been a prominent voice on environmental issues since the early 1990s and
he has been strongly involved in raising awareness on climate change, leading an
expedition to the North Pole in 2006 to draw attention to the consequences of global
ThePrince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, which he created in 2006, works actively on
protecting the environment and promoting sustainable development, with a focus on
biodiversity loss, water and the fight against climate change. Prince Albert is also a
patron of the Billion Tree Campaign, which successfully led to the planting of well over a
billion trees across the planet in 2007.
Prince Albert has also shown remarkable commitment to sustainable development on
his home turf of Monaco. Under his leadership, Monaco is now applying an exemplary
policy on CO2 reduction in every sphere of society as well as in the business sector.

H. E. Liz Thompson
Ms. Thompson has become one of the recognized leaders on environmental issues of
the Small Island Developing States.
During her time as Minister of Energy and the Environment of Barbados, she enacted a
range of progressive policies for sustainable development and environmental protection.
She also became a key voice to raise awareness of global warming in Barbados – a
country where the challenges of climate change and conservation are of particular
Ms. Thompson has also played a role in environmental awareness and protection
across the Caribbean region. She has encouraged small island states to diversify their
economies, undertake sustainability assessments, and promote community-based
programmes that have positive environmental impacts.

Timothy E. Wirth
For the last thirty years, Timothy E. Wirthhas been an advocate for environmental
issues in the United States. As the president of the United Nations Foundation and
Better World Fund, Mr. Wirth has established the environment as a key priority and is
mobilizing strong resources to address crucial issues from biodiversity to climate change
and renewable energy.
A strong supporter of the Kyoto Protocol, Mr. Wirth was instrumental in raising
awareness and calling for policy action on global warming during his time as US
Undersecretary of State for Global Affairs.
Mr. Wirth was also a steadfast advocate on environmental issues during his time as a
member of the US Senate, when he engaged in a number of conservation and natural
resource issues in his state of Colorado. Mr. Wirth authored the Colorado Wilderness
Bill as well as other successful legislation on energy, conservation and environmental

H.E. Abdul-Qader Ba-Jammal
Mr. Ba-Jammal has had a truly pioneering influence on environmental protection in
Yemen – a country which faces acute challenges from water scarcity to desertification.
During his time as Minister and then Prime Minister, he established Yemen’s Ministry of
Water and Environment and Environment Protection Authority, solicited national and
international funding for environmental conservation and sustainable water
management, and implemented a series of groundbreaking environmental policies in
Yemen and its region.
Mr. Ba-Jammal also orchestrated conservation efforts for the Socotra archipelago, a site
of global importance for biodiversity. The Socotra conservation fund came into being
under his patronage, and the archipelago was listed as a UNESCO Man and Biosphere
reserve in 2003.
Among other achievements, Mr. Ba-Jammal also supported the declaration of several
marine and land protected areas in Yemen and established a state agency for the
development of Yemeni islands with a focus on marine resources conservation. Along
with Mr. Ba-Jammal’s work on Yemen’s water sector, all these projects serve as key
examples of environmental awareness in a region where water and conservation issues
are of vital importance – increasingly so in a climate-constrained world.
Notes to editors
Champions of the Earth is an international environment award established in 2004 by
the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The annual prize rewards
individuals from around the globe who have made a significant and recognized
contribution globally, regionally and beyond, to the protection and sustainable
management of the Earth’s environment and natural resources. Candidates are judged
by a senior UNEP panel with input from UNEP’s regional offices.
Past Champions of the Earth winners include among others: Ms. Massoudeh Ebtekar,
the former Vice President of Iran; H.E. Mikhail Gorbachev of the Russian Federation;
H.R.H. Prince Hassan Bin Talal of Jordan; Jacques Rogge and the International
Olympic Committee; and Al Gore, the former Vice President of the United States.
The Champions of the Earth are invited to accept their award at an international
ceremony which will be held in Singapore on 22 April 2008. The event will be hosted in
conjunction with the Business for the Environment Summit (B4E), details of which can
be found on the UNEP website.
No monetary reward is attached to the prize – each laureate receives a trophy made of
recycled metal especially designed by the Kenyan sculptor Kioko and representing the
fundamental elements for life on earth: sun, air, land and water.
Background on the Champions of the Earth award and all the laureates can be found at or from UNEP’s communications division at
 championsoftheearth at

UNEP’s 10th Special Session of the Governing Council /Global Ministerial Environment
Forum will take place at thePrincipality of Monaco on 20-22 February 2008. More
information can be found at
For information on World Environment Day 2008, please visit…
For More Information Please Contact
Nick Nuttall, UNEP Spokesperson, on Tel: +254 20 7623084, Mobile: +254 733 632755,
or: +41 795965737, or e-mail:  nick.nuttall at
Anne-France White, Associate Information Officer, on Tel: +254 20 762 3088, Mobile:
+254 738 652793, or e-mail:  anne-france.white at
UNEP press release 2008/01


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