Caribbean important to tackling COVID-19, local weather change, UN chief tells regional leaders

Caribbean vital to tackling COVID-19, climate change, UN chief tells regional leaders

António Guterres was addressing a digital assembly of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the place he praised nations for his or her management throughout the disaster, whilst they confront shocks to their economies, tourism sector, commerce and remittances. 

“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

Devastating regional impacts 

The UN chief acknowledged that the pandemic’s socioeconomic impacts have been worse than the virus itself for some growing economies, together with the Caribbean. 

He highlighted his push for a aid bundle equal to no less than 10 per cent of the worldwide financial system, in addition to an attraction for debt aid. 

 “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”, he mentioned. 

A powerful ethical voice 

Mr. Guterres additionally underlined his solidarity with CARICOM members in addressing local weather change. 

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

The Secretary-General emphasised his full help for the Caribbean imaginative and prescient of changing into the primary totally climate-resilient area on this planet.   

However, he famous the “significant barriers” nations face, together with for entry to local weather finance.   

UN stepping up help 

Turning to sustainable growth, Mr. Guterres reported that the UN system is ramping up help for the Caribbean and all small island growing 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 mentioned. 

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

The Secretary-General additionally thanked CARICOM for highlighting the essential difficulty of advancing gender parity, and its unwavering help for multilateralism.

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