Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony is on his way home from Paris, France, after his productive participation in the global climate change summit, COP21.
During his time in Paris, Dr. Anthony addressed a plenary session to reiterate the unified position of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on climate change. Saint Lucia’s Prime Minister is the CARICOM Lead Head of Government on Climate Change.
Along with CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart of Barbados, Dr. Anthony also met with President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, and Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon.
Among the outcomes from the meeting with President Obama was a pledge of US$30 million to support expansion of the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) and similar initiatives in the Pacific and Africa, to help vulnerable populations rebuild stronger after climate related disasters.
Said Prime Minister Anthony,
“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 the planet.”
Dr. Anthony also praised the young people of the Caribbean, as well as the region’s artistic community, who have been staunch advocates of the thrust towards setting and realising a number of goals related to COP21.
Chairman of the CARICOM Task Force on Climate Change, Saint Lucia’s Minister of Sustainable Development Senator Jimmy Fletcher, remains in Paris to continue negotiations over the next 11 days, towards what is hoped will be a legally binding framework for action towards attaining global targets for climate change.