His concern for her Caribbean says the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres who on Sunday (3/4), speaking from Suriname, declared that it is “vulnerable to climate change”.
Guterres, according to the Athens News Agency, during his keynote speech on climate change he also called for the creation of financing mechanisms for developing countries facing debt problems.
“Small islands and low-lying island states in the Caribbean are particularly vulnerable in what undoubtedly represents the most important challenge facing the world today: the climate crisis,” Guterres said in his opening remarks at the Caribbean Community of Heads of State and Government (CARICOM) summit in Paramaribo, Suriname, which will last until tomorrow, Tuesday.
‘The Caribbean is at the forefront of the global climate emergency’the UN secretary-general noted, calling for urgent action to curb carbon dioxide emissions and find “solutions” as “we have no time to waste.”
Guterres also noted that Suriname is “one of the few countries that comes out ‘negative'” in terms of CO2 emissions “and is a leader in biodiversity protection.” It is an example for the population, for prosperity and for our planet”, he underlined.
At the same time, with regard to countries’ debt, which has swelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the consequences of Russia’s February invasion of Ukraine, Guterres deemed necessary “an immediate relaxation for developing countries whose repayment deadlines are expiring of the debt”.
According to him, this should be done through a reform of the financial system so that there can be guarantees for “access to financing” of developing countries, as well as through a renegotiation of government debt.
Guterres arrived on Saturday in Paramaribo, where he had a meeting with the President of Suriname Chan Santoki.
Source: News Beast