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UN promises resources to fight climate change

BARRY ALLEYNE, [email protected]

UN promises resources to fight climate change

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The United Nations is about to forge stronger partnerships and bring all of its resources to bear in the battle to at least slow down the effects of climate change.

That promise came yesterday from the UN Resident Coordinator for Barbados and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States, Didier Trebucq.

In a courtesy call to the Nation Publishing Co. Limited’s Executive Editor Carol Martindale yesterday, he said the UN had the backing of most of the world’s leaders, who were ready to put around US$7 billion into the fight against global warming.

While meeting with Martindale, Publication Editor Bryan Walker and News Editor Barry Alleyne, Trebucq said he had already met with many regional leaders who fully understood how vulnerable small island states like Barbados had become in recent decades to threats posed by major hurricanes and rising ocean temperatures. These were putting marine life at risk.

Trebucq, who was also in New York last week taking in the presentations made by regional leaders at the UN General Assembly, said he was quite impressed with the passion displayed by Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley, in her 37-minute speech about the threat facing small islands in the Atlantic. (BA)