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Jagdeo appointed FAO Special Ambassador for Forests and the Environment

Former President of Guyana Bharrat Jagdeo has been appointed  A Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Special Ambassador for Forests and the Environment, that United Nations body announced at the weekend.

FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva made the announcement on the final day of the 23rd session of the Organization’s Committee on Forestry (COFO) taking place in Rome.

As special ambassador, Jagdeo will promote the role of forests in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, raise awareness of the vital contributions of forests to food security, rural poverty reduction, employment generation and social integration, and encourage actions to support the sustainable use of forests and other natural resources.

Jagdeo served as two-time president of Guyana between 1999 and 2011, becoming the youngest head of state in the world at 35. A global advocate for international actions to combat climate change, the former president launched the Jagdeo Initiative to create a more competitive agricultural sector in the Caribbean by 2015. Jagdeo will also draw on his experience serving on the UN Secretary General’s High Level Advisory Group on Climate Financing, as a patron of the Delhi-based World Sustainable Development Forum, as an IUCN Patron of Nature, and President of the Assembly of the Korea-based Global Green Growth Institute. Jagdeo was elected and served as COFO Chairperson for the 22nd and 23rd sessions of FAO’s forestry committee.

“Dr Jagdeo has been working with FAO to promote environment and forestry around the world, and we are very happy he joins his voice to our efforts,” said Graziano da Silva, thanking Jagdeo for accepting the role of special ambassador.

Describing his appointment as a “great honour” and acknowledging FAO’s work in “so many areas critical to life and well-being on our planet”, Jagdeo pledged to continue to raise the profile of forests and advocate for global recognition of their importance.

The United Nations has a tradition of enlisting the support of prominent individuals to underline priority issues and to draw attention to its activities.

  • Col123

    When is this chap going to jail?

    • rudeo

      Bravo…..take that to the bank!

  • Gtloyal

    Director-General José Graziano da Silva needs some guidance asap or this guy will sell the FAO to some Chinese company under his nose.

    • Col123

      Would you prefer that he sell it to those untouchables?…the untochables you define with wealth and university education ?

      • Gtloyal

        “… the untochables you define ….”
        I did not, nor do I define anyone, pal.
        Anyway, maybe he’ll sell it to Bai Shan Lin so we’ll have the whole Food and Agricultural Organization in Guyana taking care of the Forests and the Environment.

        • Col123

          Well… you can always blame Alzheimer’s for not remembering …your response when I reference that ” this govt does not have a clue on how to govern”… couple weeks ago !… anyhow, I have just reviewed a scientific study on the effects of marijuana , which can remove the ” plaques from neurons”…join that faith and you can smoke the stuff to help with memory..

          • Gtloyal

            You can go back to that comment and read it again. Read it many times. Try to see what is there. You can’t be that dumb. Never did I accuse “Indo Guyanese” of any such thing. Look at the words used. And if you are a consumer of marijuana or have some involvement with it, I am not interested. Is it for the Alzheimer you mentioned or to remove the plaques from your neurons? Go ahead bravely and smoke.

          • Col123

            I will refresh your memory with the these words…my Osu caste friend

          • Gtloyal

            You dont have to refresh my memory. I can read anytime what I have written and I did not write what you have suggested. Its inconceivable how you guys just don’t seem to comprehend what you read or simply try to manipulate what others have written. Is it the result of your product taking its toll?

  • Col123

    that should be joy comes all the time…be contemporary hon mr