TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO / GUTERRES CARICOM

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The UN chief advocated for climate crisis solutions, debt relief mechanisms, and urgent assistance to Haiti, addressing world leaders on Monday at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Summit in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. UN TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

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STORY: TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO / GUTERRES CARICOM
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DATELINE: 03 JULY 2023, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

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2. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“My message is clear: our world needs the islands. We need to rally round CARICOM. You have my full support.”
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4. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“I have proposed a set of actions world leaders can take now. They include: An SDG Stimulus for investments in sustainable development, climate action, and more. An enhanced and effective debt relief mechanism. New financial tools, such as swaps that convert debts into investments in climate adaptation. An increase in the capital base of Multilateral Development Banks and a change in their business model with a new approach to risk to be able to leverage more private finance at a reasonable cost in support of developing countries.”
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6. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“I urge Governments to hit fast forward on their net-zero deadlines so that developed countries commit to reaching net-zero as close as possible to 2040 and emerging economies as close as possible to 2050, and Caribbean countries have been showing the way.”
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8. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“I thank Caribbean leaders for your powerful calls for climate justice, advancing global action on loss and damage, investing in renewables, and safeguarding biodiversity, including through the efforts of Indigenous communities.”
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The UN chief advocated for climate crisis solutions, debt relief mechanisms, and urgent assistance to Haiti, addressing world leaders on Monday at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Summit in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.

Secretary-General António Guterres today (03 Jul) addressed the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Summit in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.

Recalling his recent visit to Haiti, Guterres called for swift action at a time when the humanitarian needs are “soaring”. And although “there is not yet the political solution in sight.”

Commending the critical efforts of CARICOM leaders in addressing the situation in Haiti, Mr. Guterres called for increased support from the international community.

He stressed that lasting security requires strengthened democratic institutions, emphasizing the need for drastic improvement in the security situation.

In this vein, he reiterated his call to the Security Council to authorize a "robust international security force" to help Haiti's National Police in combating and dismantling gangs wreaking havoc across the country.

Challenges seen in Haiti require greater engagement and solidarity, he said. The Caribbean Community’s cooperation in economic and social development, fighting illegal drugs and arms trafficking, combatting non-communicable diseases and in advancing gender parity exemplify to him the “founding spirit of CARICOM”.

Climate action championship focusing attention on the plight of small island developing States is another manifestation of that spirit, he said.

Yet, the challenges confronting the Caribbean are “enormous”, he added. Among them are the post-COVID-19 era that saw the collapse of the region’s tourism industry and export revenues.

Growing debt amid dried-up liquidity and escalating climate emergencies require action, he said.

“Today’s crisis has revealed an international financial system that is outdated, dysfunctional, and unfair,” the UN chief said. To replace it, he referred to a plan to redesign the global financial architecture, including the Bretton Woods system, that he put forward in preparation for the Summit of the Future.

He urged world leaders to invest in sustainable development and climate action, improve debt relief mechanisms, and create new financial tools such as debt-for-investment swaps in climate adaptation.

He also called for a change in the business model of multilateral development banks, a shift away from fossil fuel subsidies, and a fairer approach to concessional financing for middle-income countries.

Turning to the climate crisis, he said limiting the global temperature rise to 1.5°C is still attainable, but requires a 45 per cent reduction in carbon emissions by 2030. He said his proposal for a climate solidarity pact urges major emitters to intensify emissions cuts and wealthy nations to support emerging economies in their efforts. The Secretary-General reminded about an Acceleration Agenda that is aimed at this.

“I urge Governments to hit fast forward on their net-zero deadlines so that developed countries commit to reaching net-zero as close as possible to 2040 and emerging economies as close as possible to 2050,” he said.

Calling on governments to expedite their net-zero commitments, he also invited developed countries to “finally make good on their financial commitments to developing nations”, including by doubling adaptation finance and replenishing the Green Climate Fund.”

Guterres concluded, “I thank Caribbean leaders for your powerful calls for climate justice, advancing global action on loss and damage, investing in renewables, and safeguarding biodiversity, including through the efforts of Indigenous communities.”
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