President Anthony Carmona is in Nairobi, Kenya, to deliver a keynote address at the United Nations Environment Assembly.
A statement from the Office of the President said Carmona accepted the assembly’s invitation to attend the two-day conference which begins today.
His trip is being funded by the United Nations Environment Programme.
Executive Director of the assembly - the highest-level UN body to address global concerns on the environment - Erik Solheim said Carmona has demonstrated his motivation and ability for climate advocacy, and has clearly placed high importance on the need to protect the environment.
Some 30 heads of state from across the globe are listed to attend the assembly together with scores of top business leaders and stakeholders.
Last week Monday, Carmona, while addressing a large gathering of students and the public at Presentation College, San Fernando at a Carbon Zero emission initiative, said climate change was not a hoax. He said the only way to effectively tackle the problem was to empower people to act. He insisted: “We must not be climate change cowards.”
During the absence, President of the Senate Christine Kangaloo will act as President.