UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned yesterday, Sunday, from Suriname of how “vulnerable” the Caribbean is to climate change, while calling for the creation of financing mechanisms intended for developing countries facing debt problems.
“Small island and low-lying island states in the Caribbean are particularly vulnerable to what arguably represents the most important challenge facing the world today: the climate crisis,” Guterres said in his opening address to the summit of heads of state and government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) 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 lose.”
In a post on Twitter, Guterres also noted that Suriname is “one of the few countries that comes out ‘negative'” in terms of CO2 emissions “and leads the way in protecting biodiversity.” It is “an example for the population, for prosperity and for our planet”, he underlined.
Meanwhile, regarding 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 to be able to guarantee “access to finance” for 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.
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