St. Lucia urges Warsaw Climate Conference to work together to construct a robust agreement to save our planet

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James Fletcher

While no single weather event, no matter how severe, can be ascribed solely to climate change, it is clear that global warming resulting from human actions is serving as a trigger for the intensification of such events, St. Lucia's Minister of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and technology James Fletcher told the 19th global climate conference (COP 19) in Warsaw, Poland.

Minister Fletcher said it was vital that all relevant financial facilities become fully operational, adequately capitalised and readily accessible to those parties that need the resources.

TAPE: Coming from a part of the world where hurricanes frequently leave a trail of death and destruction, it is painful and frightening for us in the Caribbean to face the reality that the worst is yet to come. It is even more depressing when we have to admit that this bleak future is the direct result of the sluggishness of the global response to climate change. At this Conference, we are expected to take actions that will meaningfully advance the process of realising a new global climate agreement by 2015. But have we really made any progress or have we, to use a Caribbean phrase, been merely 'spinning top in mud'?

NAR: Minister Fletcher called on delegates to "work together to construct a robust agreement to save our planet. He said in particular, our developed country partners must break the holding pattern that keeps them circling and skirting the twin issues of ambition and historical responsibility, adding that all across the world, developing countries are embarking on mitigation programmes of one form or another.

TAPE: We cannot make true progress on climate change if we do not meaningfully undertake adaptation as part of a balanced framework. We must ensure that the mechanisms, modalities and means, financial and otherwise, are in place to effect adaptation in an equitable manner.  Addressing loss and damage from the adverse effects of climate change, including slow onset impacts, is an issue of fundamental importance to Small Island Developing States (SIDS) like mine, whose communities and economies are trying to cope with losses to which there is little or no capacity to respond. The time is fast approaching for many of us when the impacts of climate change will become so overwhelming that traditional adaptation activities will be insufficient to address loss and damage. For some, that time is already here. For all of these reasons, it is essential that we deliver, here in Warsaw, on the undertaking made at Doha, to arrive at a substantial outcome on Loss and Damage.”

NAR: St. Lucia's Minister of Sustainable Development James Fletcher said "no matter how diplomatic we may choose to be about it, the availability of finance is fundamental to realising our goal of successfully addressing climate change. It is not only the quantum of money that is important, but predictability and accessibility are equally crucial considerations.”

He said developing country Parties to the Convention will hardly be inspired by developed countries that are lukewarm in their own mitigation ambitions; that dodge their historical responsibility, even while they seek to impose binding obligations on developing countries; or even more perplexingly, Parties that seek to back-pedal on their existing emission reduction commitments.

This is Donn Bobb reporting.

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