CARICOM Chairman: Region to Continue Lobby to Reverse the Effects of Climate Change 

CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Dr Keith MItchell of Grenada -photo: http://today.caricom.org/tag/caricom-chairman/

CARICOM Chairman Dr Rt Hon Keith Mitchell says he and other regional leaders will continue to advocate for, and implement sound policies that can help to reverse the effects of climate change.

Dr Mitchell says the international community needs to act swiftly and decisively since the region’s survival is dependent on this. Again, he stressed the importance of the international community giving consideration to the vulnerability level of a country, with regard to concessionary financing.

“For years, we, the leaders of CARICOM, have been imploring the international community to revise the criteria for concessionary financing to include a country’s vulnerability level because, as we have seen, and as Grenada experienced during Hurricane Ivan, in less than 24 hours, our Islands can be flattened,” Prime Minister Mitchell said.

“So, while 2 weeks ago, many of the islands were considered to be performing well economically, in 1 day — a few hours in some cases — everything they worked for was destroyed, and the said economy is now back to square one.”

Government has already pledged $1.4 million dollars to be divided among affected islands, and other efforts are ongoing to assist Dominica and the other islands.

Dr Mitchell pointed out that all this is being done even as Grenada faces its own challenges. “On the domestic level, no one sector’s need can be put ahead of the other because it all comes from one pot — Government’s pot,” said the CARICOM chairman.

“We therefore urge all our citizens to look beyond your-selves for a while and work with us and each other in this venture to help our neighbours in the Caribbean.”

“CARICOM Chairman Dr Rt Hon Keith Mitchell says he and other regional leaders will continue to advocate for, and implement sound policies that can help to reverse the effects of climate change.”

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