Caribbean Tourism Organization announces Sustainable Tourism Conference 2019 keynote speaker
The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) announced that Elizabeth “Liz” Thompson, Barbados’ ambassador to the US, will deliver the keynote address at the Caribbean Conference on Sustainable Tourism Development, otherwise referred to as the Sustainable Tourism Conference (#STC2019) in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. August conference the 26-29, that will address some key issues associated with sustainability, has been organised together with the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Authority.
Liz Thompson is really a Barbadian who spent some time working in development policy for pretty much 25 years. She is Barbados&rsquo currently; Ambassador to the US. She’s previously served in several professional roles including being an elected Person in Parliament from 1994 to 2008 so when Minister of Government during this time period. At various times, she held the portfolios of Environment and Energy, Lands and housing, Physical Planning and Development, and Health. Ms. Thompson also led Minority business in the Barbados Senate from 2008 to 2010.
From 2010 to 2012 she served as Assistant Secretary General of the US, with specific responsibility as you of two Executive Coordinators of the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development. In this role she also developed the highly successful ADVANCED SCHOOLING Sustainability Initiative (HESI). Thereafter, she was engaged in a genuine amount of advisory roles within the UN system, including on the transition from the MDGs to the SDGs, in the working office of the UN Secretary General, UNDP, the elected president of the overall Assembly and on the Secretary General’s global energy initiative, Sustainable Energy for several (SE4ALL).
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Liz has considerable experience in national and international negotiations and policy, including with international finance institutions and within the UN processes and system. As a minister she led major policy initiatives in Barbados including the island’s national sustainable development, green economy, sustainable energy policies and the greening of government facilities. Her professional engagements have included consultancy in the Caribbean and internationally, to private sector entities, governments and UN agencies.
Liz has spoken and lectured in lots of countries and at universities such as for example Harvard, Yale, Colombia, the Universities of NEW YORK, Waterloo and the West Indies on a genuine amount of issues in development, energy and environment. She’s authored several papers and articles on these themes and may be the co-author of two books on sustainable development published in 2014. She actually is certified in negotiations, alternative dispute arbitration and resolution, is an lawyer (LLB and LEC) from the University of the West Indies and holds two Masters degrees, an over-all MBA with distinction from the University of Liverpool and an LLM in energy law, with minors in the statutory law and policy of renewable energy and environment, from the Robert Gordon University.