KINGSTOWN, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, 24 April 2019: Minister of Finance, Sustainable Development and ICT Camillo Gonsalves has written a new book that will be launched this Monday 29thApril at the Calliaqua Town Hall. The book, titled Globalised. Climatised. Stigmatised., is a 186-page collection of essays about the specificities, opportunities and developmental challenges of small island states.

Discussing debt, diplomacy, sovereignty, blacklists, inequality, climate change, the blue economy and the role of the state in development, among other topics, Camillo Gonsalves takes an expansive overview of the various ways in which “smallness and islandness” affect the progress of islands in global affairs.

Globalised. Climatised. Stigmatised. enjoyed a successful overseas launch on 17th April at the United Nations. The book was launched by the President of the United Nations General Assembly and discussed by a panel of experts including the UN Secretary-General’s special envoy for climate change, the chair of the Alliance of Small Island States, the chair of the Pacific Small Island Developing States and the Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations.

Calling the book an excellent example of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines’ “thought leadership” at the United Nations, President of the United Nations General Assembly María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés stated “‘Globalised. Climatised. Stigmatised’ is a provocative title that very neatly captures the essence of the challenges faced by Small Island Developing States. . . it already has a guaranteed place on my bedside table, and I warmly commend its messages to you all.”

Globalised. Climatised. Stigmatised. will be launched at the Calliaqua Town Hall on Monday 29th April at 7pm. The book launch will feature a review by University of the West Indies Lecturer Dr. Tennyson Joseph, and comments by community activist, social commentator and globalisation warrior Renwick Rose.

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