James Fletcher is Saint Lucia’s former Minister for Public Service, Information, Broadcasting, Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology. He served in that position from 2011 to June 2016. During his tenure, Dr Fletcher led Saint Lucia on an aggressive path toward energy sector modernization., developing a comprehensive program of energy legislation reform, establishing an independent multi-sector regulator, new investments in utility scale renewable energy generation in wind and solar PV, a revival of geothermal exploration, installation of rooftop solar PV on government buildings, and the initiation of a complete retrofit of the island’s stock of street lights to LED fixtures.
It is in the area of climate change diplomacy that James Fletcher is perhaps best known. He led the Caribbean’s negotiations leading up to and during COP21, culminating in the successful adoption and signing of the Paris Agreement. He was chosen by the COP21 Presidency to be a member of a small, select group of ministerial negotiators, charged with the responsibility for achieving consensus among the countries on the more contentious elements of the Paris Agreement. Dr Fletcher also led negotiations on behalf of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) on the sensitive subject of Loss and Damage and was an important member of the High Ambition Coalition that helped to develop the momentum and support for an effective and ambitious climate change agreement.
Prior to serving as a Government Minister, James Fletcher was the Director of Social and Sustainable Development at the Secretariat of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States. He also served for four years as Cabinet Secretary and another four years as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in the Government of Saint Lucia.
Currently, James Fletcher manages his consulting company, SOLORICON, which provides services in sustainable energy, climate change, SIDS development issues, information and communications technology, agriculture and rural development, and public policy development.