Saint Vincent and the Grenadines - Deputy Prime Minister Addresses General Debate, 72nd Session

Preview Language:   English
22-Sep-2017 00:25:32
Louis Straker, Deputy Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, addresses the general debate of the 72nd Session of the General Assembly of the UN (New York, 19 - 25 September 2017).

Available Languages: Six Official
Type
Language
Format
Acquire
Original
MP3
Arabic
MP3
Chinese
MP3
English
MP3
French
MP3
Russian
MP3
Spanish
MP3
/
Six Official
Other Formats
Description
“Today, it is a barefaced insult to the intelligence and experience of the peoples of Island States and coastal areas to call climate change a hoax,” the Deputy Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines told the Assembly as he took the podium.

“Almost every year is hotter than the preceding one. Almost every hurricane season more intense. Almost every storm, drought and flood more destructive than the previous one,” said Louis Straker, pointing to the death and destruction wrought by the current hurricane season.

“They are the manifestations of climate change; the symptoms of the prescient predictions made by the overwhelming majority of scientists,” he stressed, reaffirming that small island developing States are the most vulnerable to climate change, while contributing the least to the emissions that cause it.

Turning to the Paris Agreement, the Deputy Prime Minister underscored that it views any attempt to disavow the agreement designed to arrest climate change and assist the most affected as an act of hostility, saying “we draw a direct, causal connection between any such abdication and the future death and destruction that island states face as the result of increasingly frequent and intense weather events.”

Mr. Straker said his country puts the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the centre of its national development strategies. “In areas of climate change, pollution and biodiversity, we have banned Styrofoam products, banned the hunting of turtles, tightened restrictions on internationally permitted indigenous whaling activity, and implemented new coastal protection regulations,” he relayed, adding that by investing in geothermal and solar energy, it hopes to generate 80 per cent of its energy needs from renewable sources within the next three years.
Topical Subjects
Personal Subjects
Alternate Title
72_VC
Parent ID
1976495
Asset ID
1977498