UN chief says Caribbean is vital to tackling COVID-19, climate change

Latest News

UN chief says Caribbean is vital to tackling COVID-19, climate change

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Print this page Email A Friend!


GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, has praised leaders within the Caribbean Community (Caricom) for their leadership in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, even as they confront shocks to their economies, the tourism sector, trade and remittances.

The secretary general was addressing a virtual meeting of the regional body on Thursday.

“Your unique voice is vital as we tackle shared threats such as climate change, citizen insecurity and the COVID-19 pandemic that expose deep and systemic inequalities,” he said.

The UN chief stated that the pandemic's socioeconomic impacts have been worse than the virus itself for some developing economies, including the Caribbean.

He highlighted his push for a relief package equivalent to at least 10 per cent of the global economy, as well as an appeal for debt relief.

“As you have long advocated, the world must look beyond incomes and factor in the vulnerabilities of countries. The private sector, including the credit rating agencies, also must be engaged in relief efforts.”

Guterres also underlined his solidarity with Caricom members in addressing climate change.

“Your leadership and moral voice on the front lines is crucial for charting a recovery that will accelerate the decarbonisation of the global economy and build a more inclusive and resilient future,” he said.

The secretary-general emphasised his full support for the Caribbean vision of becoming the first fully climate-resilient region in the world.

However, he noted the “significant barriers” countries face, including for access to climate finance.

Turning to sustainable development, Guterres reported that the UN system is ramping up support for the Caribbean and all small island developing states.

“We are putting our best capacities and resources to support your voice and participation in global governance processes, to provide sound policy advice and help broker the partnerships that will facilitate your continued progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals,” he said.

“This includes expanding and reconfiguring as necessary our physical presence and ensuring tailored support to every country in the Caribbean.”

The secretary-general also thanked Caricom for highlighting the crucial issue of advancing gender parity, and its unwavering support for multilateralism.


Now you can read the Jamaica Observer ePaper anytime, anywhere. The Jamaica Observer ePaper is available to you at home or at work, and is the same edition as the printed copy available at http://bit.ly/epaper-login


ADVERTISEMENT




POST A COMMENT

HOUSE RULES

1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy



comments powered by Disqus
ADVERTISEMENT

Poll

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon
ADVERTISEMENT