Barbadians from all walks of life are being invited to take part in an open discussion here on Friday hosted by the Caribbean Chapter of the International Network in Defense of Humanity and the Caribbean Movement of Peace and Integration (CMPI).
The conference, which is being held under the theme Resisting Nuclear and Environmental Disaster, Building peace in the Caribbean, will be addressed by Barbados’ Ambassador to the Caribbean Community Robert Bobby Morris, along with pan Africanists David Comissiong, Trevor Prescod and David Denny.
“There will also be addresses by president of the Jamaican Chapter [of CMPI], president of the Cuba Movement For Peace [and] we will also have persons from USA, Martinique, Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana,” Comissiong also revealed during a news conference here this week at which he said the main objective of the discussion was to come up with practical ways of securing regional peace.
“There is no admission fee. All Barbadians are welcome to attend. We sent special invitations to many of the schools, churches, trade unions and several other social movements. We want the entire population to know that there is an open invitation to any organization that has an interest in this conference,” he said.
Comissiong suggested that the discussions were quite timely, not only for the Caribbean, but the entire global community as he zeroed in on the behaviour of United States president Donald Trump.
“President Trump probably represents the greatest single threat to world peace today. The man is virtually like a loose cannon. When he isn’t threatening to destroy North Korea, he is threatening Venezuela, Cuba, Syria and Afghanistan. He is threatening the very survival of the world by withdrawing USA from the Paris climate change treaty,” the social activist said.
“So you can expect the Declaration of Bridgetown [to be issued at the end of the conference] to speak forcefully to president Trump; to address all of the current and critical issues of peace in our world today,” Comissiong added.
Following Friday’s opening, there will be a closed-door session for CMPI delegates on Saturday to hammer out the nuts and bolts for the movement.