THE contributions of former Guyanese Head of State Bharrat Jagdeo continue to be recognised by reputable international institutions, with the latest being the announcement of an honorary doctorate from Central Lancashire University in the United Kingdom, which he will receive next week. Mr. Jagdeo and Royal Preston Hospital neurosurgeon, Professor Charles Davis and voluntary worker, Gulab Singh MBE are among the highly-acclaimed professionals who will be conferred honorary awards at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), according to the Lancashire Evening Post.
The former president will receive the doctorate for his contribution to sustainability and environmental issues.
Jagdeo has been an influential and eloquent promoter for climate justice across the world, and from early in his advocacy, pointed out that developing countries can lead the way towards finding sensible solutions to challenges.
His Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS) has been adopted by several countries and has been lauded by many leaders as a good model for sustainable development.
He has been emphasising the important role of protecting forests for its ecosystem services and biodiversity, and that this represents the largest climate change action and an immediate low-cost abatement solution.
This doctorate from Lancashire follows several other major honours bestowed on the former president for his sterling contributions in various fields, and will be his fourth from a prestigious institution.
On February 6, 2010, the degree of Honorary Doctorate was conferred on President Jagdeo by the Patrice Lumumba Peoples’ Friendship University in Moscow. He previously received Honorary Doctorates from D. Y. Patil University and TERI University in India. President Jagdeo was awarded the Pushkin Medal by the Government of Russia, and the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award by the Government of India.
Then President Jagdeo was elected as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank in September, 2005. He occupied this position until September 2006. The World Economic Forum (WEF) identified Jagdeo as one of its inaugural Young Global Leaders in 2006, and Time Magazine named him as one of their “Heroes of the Environment” in 2008. He was awarded the United Nations “Champion of the Earth” award in 2010.
In early 2010, the Secretary-General of the United Nations asked Jagdeo to serve on the Secretary General’s High Level Advisory Group on Climate Finance. Former President Jagdeo is also a Patron of the Delhi-based World Sustainable Development Forum.
In 2011, Heads of State and other leaders from the world’s rainforest countries asked him to be “Roving Ambassador for the Three Basins” (Amazon, Congo Basin, South East Asia). In March 2012, the world’s largest and oldest environmental organisation, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), announced that President Jagdeo would become the IUCN High Level Envoy for Sustainable Development in Forest Countries and an IUCN Patron of Nature. Jagdeo is also a Board member of the Korea-based Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI).
He has been a guest lecturer at Columbia University (New York City, USA), York University (Toronto, Canada), Trent University (Peterborough, Canada), the University of Toronto, United Nations University (Tokyo, Japan), and the University of the West Indies.