“The world economy needs a new development paradigm for the 21st century,” says Vice-Chancellor of The University of the West Indies (UWI), Professor Sir Hilary Beckles. He made the statement on Friday, 20 September 2019, speaking at Global Partnerships for Climate Action—a Symposium arranged by The SUNY-UWI Center for Leadership and Sustainable Development (CLSD).
Addressing the gathering, Vice-Chancellor Beckles explained, “We are at the tail end of the 19th century development paradigm that was based on economic growth by all means necessary, including colonial exploitation, white supremacy, destruction of rainforests, financial institutions catering for elites, and disrespect for the environment and the poor. We all want inclusive development that is sustainable. But human and civil rights cannot be again ignored and set aside. Universities should never again support ‘development by any means necessary.”
The Symposium brought academics from The UWI, the State University of New York (SUNY), the joint SUNY-UWI Center, the Global University Consortium on SDG-13, a wide cross section of development partners—including the World Bank, the IDB, UNDP, UNECLAC, Association of Caribbean States (ACS) and many others—to the SUNY Global Center in New York on the eve of the UN Global Climate Summit. All speakers reiterated the need for collaboration in advancing climate action.