Climate change is the greatest global challenge of our time: St. Kitts-NevisListen /
St. Kitts- Nevis was among the Caribbean States in Warsaw, Poland calling on developed nations to honour their commitment to promote action on climate change.
The Permanent Representative of St. Kitts-Nevis Ambassador Delano Bart says this year's Conference of the Parties (COP) has been marked by a natural disaster tragedy in The Philippines, noting that it has helped to put into context the importance of the task in Warsaw.
TAPE: St. Kitts and Nevis numbers among those most vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change. We have a population of fewer than 50,000 people and a landmass of 105 square miles, with the majority of settlements based on the coasts. We are particularly concerned about the present and future implications for health, infrastructure, water security, and food and nutrition security. Climate change is the greatest global challenge of our time. It is of significant concern to us that while we continue to negotiate a global agreement, emissions continue to rise to record levels. St. Kitts-Nevis joins other small-island developing States in calling for urgent and ambitious action. ”
NAR: Ambassador Bart said there was a clear understanding that the stakes have risen and that the global community needs to pool its collective will to galvanize the necessary action to address this challenge. He said it was also clear that the solution rests in multilateralism, adding, "our effectiveness in the UNFCCC process is a true test of its continued validity". He told delegates that, "as states, we all have a role to play".
TAPE: We are at a critical point in these negotiations. It is evident that the will of a number of parties is diminishing. I can confidently declare that this is not the case for St. Kitts and Nevis, and other forward looking parties. Extensive work remains to be done in creating a clear, balanced and feasible path to achieving a legally binding agreement in 2015. We need to increase ambition and scale up financing. We appeal for the urgent operationalization and capitalisation of the Green Climate Fund. Financing for the Adaptation Fund must also be addressed. Progress in these areas, will greatly contribute towards important support for adaptation and mitigation actions into the future.”
NAR: Ambassador Bart said St.Kitts-Nevis calls for support of the Alliance of Small-Island States (AOSIS) proposal which, he said, represents an important tool in urgently addressing the pre-2020 mitigation ambitions gap, with initial focus on energy efficiency and renewable energy.
This is Donn Bobb reporting.