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Caribbean nations to UN: "Climate change is real"

PICTURED: Dennis Moses, Minister for Foreign and CARICOM Affairs of Trinidad and Tobago, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventy-second session. (Photo credit: UN Photo/Cia Pak)

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO'S Minister for Foreign Affairs Dennis Moses, has questioned how, after the recent catastrophic events in the Caribbean, South Asia and elsewhere, anyone could deny that “climate change is real" and stated that :it is upon us.”

According to Caribbean360, Moses said shifting weather patterns, global warming and rising sea levels are impacts of climate change and he extended his nation’s condolences and solidarity to those affected, emphasising that resources, cooperation and collaboration of the international community will be required to help rebuild and build back better.

“The events of the last months in the Caribbean once more remind us all that small island developing States remain at the forefront of the impact of climate change,” Moses said.

“I join my Caribbean colleagues in calling for a multidimensional approach that takes into consideration real national needs and priorities, as well as these extraordinary circumstances to provide access to development assistance, aid and debt relief, as the Caribbean region embarks on the arduous task of recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction together,” Moses stressed.

PICTURED: Kamina Johnson Smith

After expressing Jamaica’s condolences and support for the Caribbean nations affected by the recent national disasters, Jamaica’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Kamina Johnson Smith told the Assembly that climate change is an existential issue that requires urgent and effective action.

Mark Brantley, Minister of Foreign Affairs in St Kitts and Nevis, also spoke in depth about ensuring a sustainable planet – offering thoughts and prayers for those impacted by the three hurricanes in the Caribbean and the two recent earthquakes in Mexico.

“It is a travesty and a tragedy for the world community to witness such destruction caused by forces entirely outside the control of Caribbean nations and then refuse to allow those nations access to the necessary resources to rebuild,” he said.

“We cannot continue to abuse our Planet and expect to remain unscathed.”

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