Friday, November 20, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
The funds were accumulated from several businesses and supporters of the initiative.
Coordinator of the New York chapter Rai Bishnauth said the donation is part of a series of contributions that is geared towards the intensification of the campaign.
On the other hand, the local chapter welcomes the donation and is expected to receive in the coming weeks similar contributions from other overseas chapters, the most recent being the Trinidad and Tobago group.
The association expresses its gratitude to the local, as well as overseas contributors towards this grand effort to sustain, mobilize and implement a successful campaign that will bring the majority of Guyanese into supporting a third term for Jagdeo.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
During his 10 years in office, President Bharrat Jagdeo has helped lead Guyana towards a more prosperous, sustainable future. As the drafting of new climate legislation in Copenhagen draws nearer, President Jagdeo is collaborating with a number of organizations in Guyana and internationally, including CI, to both spread the word about Guyana’s commitment to forest protection and climate change mitigation, and to inspire collective action on a global scale.
An economist by profession, President Jagdeo first entered public service in Guyana’s State Planning Secretariat in 1990. He was appointed Junior Finance Minister in 1993 and promoted to Senior Minister of Finance in 1995. In this position, he led the production of Guyana’s National Development Strategy with the support of former U.S. President Jimmy Carter’s Carter Center. Jagdeo and the Carter Center went on to collaborate with African leaders, drawing on Guyana’s experience with its National Development Strategy to apply lessons for other countries.
After the retirement of former President Janet Jagan, Jagdeo was appointed as Guyana’s President in 1999. At age 35, he became one of the world’s youngest heads of government. Jagdeo was freely elected as President in 2001, and re-elected in 2006.
President Jagdeo’s tenure in office has seen unprecedented social and economic reform in Guyana, including improved access to education; health care reform; water and sanitation system expansion; and large-scale development of road, river and air transport networks. While pursuing these reforms, President Jagdeo also reduced the national debt and reformed the tax and investment regimes.
President Jagdeo served as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank Group from September 2005 until September 2006. He has been awarded the Pushkin Medal by the Government of Russia and the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award by the Government of India.
President Jagdeo was named one of Time magazine’s Heroes of the Environment in 2008 for his dedication to the conservation of Guyana’s forests and tackling climate change.
In recent years, President Jagdeo has spoken frequently of the need for developing countries to be at the forefront of identifying solutions to avert the worst extremes of climate change, whilst ensuring economic development of developing countries. He has repeatedly raised the issue at the United Nations and summits of Latin American and Commonwealth Heads of Government.
In June 2009, he launched a “Low Carbon Development Strategy”, hailed by a wide cross-section of the Guyanese people and the international community as being a unprecedented plan for national development that secures the forest ecosystem in the global fight to address climate change. This Strategy has received much support domestically and internationally, and it expected to be a critical model for developing countries to adopt after the Copenhagen Climate Change Meeting.
Head of State Bharrat Jagdeo yesterday addressed the first plenary session of the United Nations (UN) Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) World Summit on Food Security in Rome, Italy, where he urged his fellow leaders to raise their voices if the message on promoting agriculture across the world is to be heard.
While recognising that the Declaration generated by the forum was “a wonderful example of the hard work that everyone has put in at this summit”, the President noted that the world should not rely on the leaders of the developed world to act.
“We cannot rely on the benevolence of the developed world to keep their promises on ODA (overseas development assistance) or reverse the decline on ODA to agriculture, or pursue trade policies that would not impoverish us further, or to remove the debilitating subsidies. These are not going to happen just by themselves.”
To get the developed world leaders to act, President Jagdeo highlighted the need to reach the citizens of those countries and get them involved.
“How do we create the atmosphere in these countries that would be supportive of the leaders from the developed world who genuinely want to contribute to the solution, and how do we take away the excuse from those who have not been willing to live up to their commitment; and I think the only way we can do this is through a campaign,” he said.
The President noted that the mainstream media would give little attention to the Summit, and it therefore falls to the participants and the staff of FAO to carry the message to the masses.
“The mainstream media will give us five minutes of prime time if we are lucky, if no other disaster strikes by the time we exit this meeting. Very few people around the world will see this,” he stated.
“We need to get out of here after this (the Summit). We know what the message is. It’s written all here. It’s in the speeches that you would all make, and find an effective way of communicating this message to the rest of the world, to start building widespread support through internet, bypassing the mainstream media, through the progressive (media) like Al Jazeera and some others around the world that are prepared to carry this message mainstream,” President Jagdeo urged.