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February 23 Counterpart International (Press release)
By Counterpart International
PIONEERING ENVIRONMENTAL VISIONARY DR. COLIN HUDSON PASSES AWAY IN
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (February 22, 2004) Caribbean and international
development organisations are expressing shock at the unexpected passing
of international environmental pioneer and nature enthusiast Dr. Colin
Hudson in Barbados over the weekend. Dr. Hudson was the director of
"Treading Lightly", a centre for problem-solving for sustainable
Lelei LeLaulu, President of Counterpart
International, and Dr. Basil Springer,
Chairman of Counterpart Caribbean, were saddened to hear of Dr. Hudson's
demise and are remembering the Englishman, who had made Barbados his
home for several decades, as a pioneer in the field of sustainable development
and a gift to the Caribbean region.
"It is with deep regret that I advise that Dr. Colin Hudson passed
away last night," said Dr. Springer in today's communiqué
to Counterpart Caribbean's Board of Directors. "I spoke to him
in the field less than two weeks ago and there was no overt indication
that he was suffering in any way. Colin will be sadly missed by the
sustainable development family."
Dr. Springer described Dr. Hudson as the visionary behind the "Village
of Hope" exhibition which complemented the official business
at the 1994
United Nations Conference on the Sustainable Development of Small Island
Developing States (SIDS) in Barbados. The exhibit led to the establishment
of the Future Centre Trust in Edgehill,
St. Thomas, before Counterpart
Caribbean, in partnership with the Washington DC-base Counterpart
International, accepted the responsibility to deepen its regional and
international development mandate three years ago.
< In memory of the late Dr.
LeLaulu, a Pacific Islander who helped
organise the Barbados conference, said Dr. Hudson's loss is being felt
beyond the 166 square miles of Barbados. "I am deeply saddened.
This is a difficult loss because Dr.Hudson represented a bright light
in the dark decisions that are being made globally that degrade planet
Earth. His passion, energy and genius will be remembered and even more
highly valued in the years ahead."
UN Assistant Secretary-General Miles Stoby, hailed Dr. Hudson for taking
on the challenge given by the Barbados Governor General and international
champion of the NGO movement, the late Dame Nita Barrow to coordinate
the important "Village of Hope" exhibit. "The exhibit
was solution-oriented," recalled Stoby, "focusing on many
of the sustainable development challenges islands faced and some of
the simple decisions we need to take to heal the planet. The UN family
is deeply indebted to Dr. Hudson for his contribution to global sustainable
Dr. Springer said Counterpart Caribbean, currently in the process of
developing The Future Centre into a fully fledged educational and recreational
tourism attraction, for the benefit of children, residents and tourists
alike, that will foster holistic sustainable development in the years
to come, will ensure that Dr. Hudson's legacy is remembered and valued,
especially among the youth of Barbados and the wider Caribbean.