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PM attends CARICOM-UN pledging conference



PM-at-Pledging-ConferenceBasseterre, St. Kitts, 21st November, 2017 ( - Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris, along with other Caribbean heads of Government, addressed the CARICOM-United Nations High-Level Pledging Conference taking place at the United Nations, 20th and 21st November.


The conference is a CARICOM-UN response to the devastation caused by category 5 Hurricanes Irma and Maria that struck several islands of the northeast Eastern Caribbean during September causing damage running into the billions of dollars.


Being held under the theme Building a More Climate Resilient Community, funds are being pledged by the international private sector and foundations, as well as countries and international institutions.


The funds will be applied to the rebuilding processes in the context of becoming the first climate-resilient countries in the world.


The United Nations conference sources indicated “strong Caribbean support” for the pledging conference.


“The objective of this Conference is two-fold. It is to mobilise international support and commitment of pledges to help rebuild the countries ravaged by the recent hurricanes and  to assist the Region to build resilience, given its inherent vulnerabilities,” states the CARICOM Secretariat.


In an article, Climate change is a threat to rich and poor alike, UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner stated, “The effects of a warmer climate on these recent weather events, both their severity and their frequency, has been revelatory for many, even the overwhelming majority that accept the science is settled on human-caused global warming.”


He added, “The effect of heat-trapping greenhouse gases on extreme weather events is coming into sharper focus.”


Hence, the UN-CARICOM collaboration to raise funds to be directed at building resilience not only for the hurricane impacted countries, but for the wider Caribbean to help build their resilience.

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