Cli­mate Change Vul­ner­a­bil­ity: OECD Head meets with Prime Min­is­ter Allen Chas­tanet

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

With cli­mate change re­al­ity con­fronting the Caribbean, OECS Chair­man and Prime Min­is­ter of Saint Lu­cia, the Hon. Allen Chas­tanet has met with the Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of the Or­gan­i­sa­tion for Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion and De­vel­op­ment (OECD), H.E An­gel Gur­ria to ex­am­ine ways in which to bol­ster Of­fi­cial De­vel­op­ment As­sis­tance (ODA) to the re­gion.

The meet­ing comes in the wake of three dis­as­trous hur­ri­canes, two of which dec­i­mated Do­minica, the Bri­tish Virgin Islands, Bar­buda and Puerto Rico.

Speak­ing from OECD Head­quar­ters in Paris, Prime Min­is­ter Chas­tanet said un­prece­dented events sug­gested that a new era of cli­mate re­al­ity was upon the Caribbean and that an en­hanced in­ter­na­tional de­vel­op­ment as­sis­tance frame­work was ur­gently needed to com­bat what was likely to be se­vere grow­ing threats to the re­gion.

“As one Caribbean fam­ily spread across Small Is­land De­vel­op­ing States (SIDS), we don’t lack re­silience but we do lack dis­as­ter man­age­ment re­sources, and the meet­ing I have had with Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Gur­ria has proven fruit­ful in for­ti­fy­ing OECD as­sis­tance” said Prime Min­is­ter Chas­tanet. “I will now be meet­ing with the World Bank to progress fur­ther long-term as­sis­tance to the re­gion”

OECS Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Dr. Di­da­cus Jules added that the sci­ence was beyond dis­pute and that the OECS would be ad­vo­cat­ing for ma­jor economies to con­front cli­mate change as the great­est moral and eco­nomic chal­lenge of our time at the up­com­ing COP23 meet­ing in Bonn, Ger­many.

“Small Is­land De­vel­op­ing States are of­ten the most cli­mate-af­fected mem­bers of the global com­mu­nity but are the least con­trib­u­tors to global warm­ing, re­sult­ing in dev­as­tat­ing so­cio-eco­nomic ef­fects on peo­ple, places and com­mu­ni­ties.

“I am con­fi­dent that no mat­ter how crush­ing the re­cent hur­ri­canes were, they will be a timely re­minder to the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity that we can­not and must not meet this chal­lenge alone as we col­lec­tively re-build into a more re­silient re­gion,” said Dr. Jules.

Prime Min­is­ter Allen Chas­tanet with OECD Sec­re­tary Gen­eral An­gel Gur­ria.

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