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Canada commits to CARICOM-UN Pledging Conference for hurricane-ravaged countries

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Added 08 November 2017

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CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque welcomes Canada’s new Ambassador to CARICOM Lilian Chatterjee. (GP)

Canada has confirmed its participation in the upcoming CARICOM-UN Pledging Conference for the CARICOM countries devastated by the two recent Category Five Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

New Canadian Ambassador to CARICOM Lilian Chatterjee made the commitment while presenting her credentials to CARICOM Secretary-General General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque on Tuesday.

CARICOM, with the help of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will hold the High-Level Pledging Conference on 21 November at UN Headquarters in New York. The objective is to mobilise support and commitment of pledges to help the devastated countries to build back better and fulfil the vision of being the first climate resilient countries in the world.

Hurricanes Maria and Irma devastated several CARICOM Members including Dominica, Barbuda, the south-eastern family islands of The Bahamas, The BVI, Anguilla and Turks and Caicos Islands.  Housing, agriculture and critical infrastructure, including electricity and telecommunications, suffered major hits.

“The increased intensity and frequency of these mega storms fuelled by climate change is our new reality for the foreseeable future” the Secretary-General reminded in his remarks at the accreditation ceremony.

“We are living climate change. It poses an existential threat to our Region. It therefore demands that as the most natural disaster-prone region in the world, we try to ensure that our countries are more resilient to adapt to and to mitigate the effects of climate change,” he added.

The Secretary-General praised Canada's unwavering commitment to combating climate change, noting Prime Minister  Justin Trudeau's position that Small Island Developing States (SIDS) “shouldn’t be punished for a problem  they didn’t create”.

He also praised Canada's understanding of one of the Caribbean Community's major rebuilding challenges, that is, denial of access to concessional development financing due to the use of per capita income as a primary criterion. Many CARICOM member states are categorised as middle-income countries and are therefore ineligible for such financing, he noted.

Ambassador Chatterjee noted that while Caribbean nations and other SIDS have taken some important steps to develop more climate resilient infrastructure, there is clearly more work to do.

“Canada remains committed to working with partners in the region to build the best possible future for the Caribbean” she assured. Canada has already made significant contributions to the affected countries and to the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) – the CARICOM Institution at the forefront of the relief and recovery effort. (PR)

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