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Climate Change Policy in the Americas

This chapter will focus on a set of very ambitious questions. What are the recent results of existing partnerships and initiatives for hemispheric sustainable development? How can key institutions collaborate to advance sustainability? What are the priority issues and concerns in the hemispheric integration process? These questions, addressed by a citizen from a very small Caribbean island-state (Antigua and Barbuda), take a new meaning. Yet Antigua and Barbuda is a sovereign state, the sovereign equal of Canada or the United States. The country has, for 20 years, been a member of the United Nations; with a seat at the table of the Organization of American States; and a Prime Minister present at the Quebec City Summit of the Americas, participating in the Americas Summit process as one of thirty-four elected Heads of State. This chapter focuses on one priority issue or concern that has multiple adverse implications for the entire hemisphere.