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Prof Edward Greene speaks on Climate Change

For Release Upon Receipt - June 16, 2016

St. Augustine

Innovation, activism and partnership are among the responses to the challenges that the region faces, according to Professor Emeritus Edward Greene, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for HIV in the Caribbean. The UWI St. Augustine Campus will host a Distinguished Open Lecture where the Professor will speak on Climate Change: The Future of the Caribbean. The lecture takes place on June 21 at 5.30pm at the Teaching and Learning Complex (TLC), Lecture Theatre A.

Speaking on climate change, Professor Greene said, “People in the Caribbean live in environments with increasing vulnerability to climate change. This is due to higher temperature, rise in sea levels and higher hurricane intensity that threaten lives, prosperity and livelihoods throughout the region. Taking the scientific issues as our point of departure, the focus of this engagement will be on the policies and programmes to achieve a sustainable future for the Caribbean.”

He also added that in the final analysis, measuring success will be judged by how the investments in climate change make a difference to the lives of the people of the region. The lecture will therefore outline responses to the following questions: What are the priorities? Who are the primary actors? How are the game changers to be identified, adopted and implemented? Where is the funding for adaptation and mitigation to come from?

Professor Greene is no stranger to The UWI. His distinguished academic career at the university included the posts of Pro Vice-Chancellor - Development and Alumni Relations (1989-1993), University Director – Institute of Social and Economic Relations (1982-1989), Interim Director of the Consortium Graduate School for the Social Sciences in the Caribbean (1984-85); and appointments to the rank of Professor (1987) and inaugural Professorial Fellow, ISER (1994).

All are invited. To RSVP, please 662 2002 ext. 82013 or email



About The UWI

Since its inception in 1948, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged, regional University with well over 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with four campuses in Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Open Campus. The UWI has faculty and students from more than 40 countries and collaborative links with 160 universities globally; it offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology and Social Sciences. UWI’s seven priority focal areas are linked closely to the priorities identified by CARICOM and take into account such over-arching areas of concern to the region as environmental issues, health and wellness, gender equity and the critical importance of innovation. Website:

(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)