(GIS) – The Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, called on developed countries to help Small Island Developing States (SIDS) help themselves.
Prime Minister Hon. Allen Chastenet made the statement as part of his address on the occasion of the high level segment, at the 23rd Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP23).
“I call on developed countries to help SIDS help themselves. We cannot wait till 2020 to see finance to deal with emergency situations, build resilience in our countries as far as possible, and the loss and damage that is already occurring. Our people have proven to be and will continue to be resilient.
“But here, on the international level, I say to you, all it takes is a pen to create the policies and to prioritise the resources; a pen to change the protocols used to disperse funds; a pen to change macroeconomic targets, realizing that we cannot invest in resilience without putting our counties into deeper economic volatility. This means that the frameworks we have under this process must be sensitive to the urgent needs of SIDS, and not simply wrapped up in bureaucracy.”
The prime minister’s statement was made on Nov. 16.
COP23 was held in Bonn, Germany.