Hon. Juan Watterson SHK has participated in the GLOBE COP26 Legislators Summit held on 5 and 6 November 2021 in Edinburgh, Scotland, as Vice Chairman of the Small Branches Network of the Commonwealth Parliament Association (CPA). The Summit is part of the broader COP26 agenda and has convened legislators from around the world to discuss climate change and parliamentary action. The delegation also consisted of Hon. Regina Esparon, Chairperson of Women’s Parliamentary Caucus National Assembly, Seychelles, Hon. Claudette Buttigieg, Deputy Speaker of Malta. And CPA Secretary-General, Stephen Twigg.
The GLOBE Legislators Summit has provided an opportunity for learning and knowledge exchange on several fronts. The aim of the summit was for parliamentarians to both impart and gain experience on climate change in respect to their own jurisdictions and parliament. The summit aimed to give members of parliament the tools to ensure the promises being made by leaders are followed and scrutinized through governance, transparency and assuring implementation of promises on protecting biodiversity and achieving the targets which will make truly effective change, including Net Zero emissions. The opening address was given by GLOBE President and Founder, Al Gore.
Hon. Watterson addressed the plenary, raising the issue of how small branches, especially developing island nations face special challenges when it comes to climate change, decarbonising energy and protecting biodiversity.
He also spoke with the Speaker of the Maldives Hon. Mohamed Nasheed who famously, when President, held a cabinet meeting underwater to demonstrate the impact of climate change in the Maldives.
He also took the opportunity to meet Scottish Presiding Officer, Alison Johnstone, and Lord Provost of Edinburgh, Rt. Hon. Councillor Frank Ross, to build on the already strong links between Scotland and the Isle of Man.
Speaking after the conference, Mr Speaker said “Legislators have a duty to be informed and educated on key issues, to act as a conduit from constituents through to the international community, gathering information and ideas. At national level, we are responsible for passing legislation and ensuring it is kept updated. We also have a key role in ensuring Government’s commitments are delivered through transparent systems and effective scrutiny.”
Post conference, he will be reporting back to Tynwald Members and the Executive Committee of the Small Branches Network of the CPA and contributing to an article in The Parliamentarian, the journal of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association which goes to all Parliamentarians in each of the 180+ branches of the CPA.
More information and the conference programme can be found at https://www.globecop26summit.org/
For further information contact:
Ms Joann Corkish
Deputy Clerk of Tynwald
Isle of Man