Earlier this week, Hon. Dr. Kenny Anthony addressed world leaders at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP 21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
The Prime Minister attributed much of the debt incurred by developing countries to recovery efforts from extreme weather events caused by climate change.
“Adapting to climate change is beyond the capacity of our economies. We need quick, efficient, and direct access to climate finance to make our economies and societies more resilient to the impacts of climate change. Mr. President, we are not the cause of climate change.
Those who have a historical responsibility for the problem have a moral responsibility to fix it. They must help us adapt to the unrelenting and inevitable consequences already unleashed by the greed and abuse of the resources of our planet.”
Dr. Anthony also noted that loss and damage is a major issue for Saint Lucia and other Small Island Developing States (SIDS).
“While it is true that we no longer debate the legitimacy of loss and damage in climate change negotiations, we need the Paris climate change agreement to specifically recognize loss and damage as a critical issue for Small Island Developing States, separate from adaptation.
We will not be satisfied unless the Paris agreement can lay the framework for an international mechanism that will help us address this grave problem.”
COP 21 is being held from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11.