The concerns of the Caribbean are the concerns of the UN: Ban

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries have been pioneers in raising the world's awareness on climate change and the unique challenges of Small Island Developing States, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday in opening remarks to the Seventh UN-CARICOM general meeting.

The Secretary-general said that thanks to the advocacy of CARICOM, the General Assembly focused on the importance of treating and preventing non-communicable diseases.

He said the region also has been in the forefront of global efforts to commemorate the anniversary of the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade.

” The concerns of the Caribbean are the concerns of the United Nations. Climate change is a reality we must face. I have placed it at the top of my agenda. Even though no country is immune to climate change, the Caribbean is feeling its impact more strongly than many other parts of the world. Severe storms and rising sea levels have already taken a heavy toll on many island nations. We must work together for sustainable development. This calls for transformative shifts in our economies and societies and this must be reflected in the Post-2015 development agenda. The world needs action that fully integrates the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainability. The imperative of this holistic approach has long been understood by the Caribbean region.”

Secretary-General Ban said he also shares the region's concern about the growing threat of transnational organized crime. He described it as 'a complex challenge' and welcomed the ongoing discussions between CARICOM and the UN system to support the region's security strategies and complement the ongoing efforts to eradicate this scourge.

He noted that through the years, CARICOM has demonstrated the strength of a united voice and a common vision in shaping the future of the region.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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