As world leaders gather Tuesday for a global conference on climate change, a veteran diplomat from a small Caribbean island will be among them — but as a civilian.
John William Ashe, once the ambassador of Antigua and Barbuda to the United Nations and now the outgoing president of the U.N. General Assembly, has been invited to participate in the U.N. Climate Summit ahead of a week of debate by leaders from almost 140 countries. During his term, Ashe’s U.N. colleagues say, he moved the General Assembly closer to completing work on a forward-looking agenda for poverty reduction and economic growth through sustainable, environmentally conscious development. Some of them noted Ashe’s work as a mark of prominence for the Caribbean’s presence around the world.