Negotiators and Scientists from over 200 countries were in Marrakech last week for the latest UN Climate Change conference, COP22, the first meeting since the signing of the historic Paris Agreement. Gibraltar Government Scientists Dr Liesl Mesilio-Torres and Stephen Warr from the Department of the Environment and Climate Change represented Gibraltar at the meeting, which was also attended by Prof. Daniella Tilbury of the University of Gibraltar.
In a joint statement to media, Equality Rights Group and rehabilitation NGO, ‘Stay Clean’, have called for Gibraltar ‘to stop punishing and penalising the use of cannabis. That situation only benefits the mafias, who've had it too good for too long and grown fat on the profits. That has to end. Instead, we must look to the authorities, not the gangsters, to control this particular demand and supply problem. We've left it too long. Government and Society must now assume responsibility for bringing back control!’
The Deputy Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia has said that the wider complex issues surrounding Brexit have helped to raise the profile of Gibraltar in the European Union. There is considerable interest in Gibraltar following the 96% vote to remain and the ongoing developments since the referendum of 23 June.
Government has announced today it will shortly introduce new disabilities legislation in the form of the Disability Act, modelled on the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities.
The Gibraltar Port Authority (GPA) recently sent three members of its staff to attend a training course for Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) Supervisors held at South Tyneside College in Newcastle where they undertook two weeks of study in management, emergency procedures and effective supervision in the VTS operations room.