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Saint Lucia’s Minister for Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology, Hon. James Fletcher, addressed the High Level Segment of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change today and called on the international community to take meaningful action to help save Small Island Developing States (SIDS) like Saint Lucia from the dangers of man-made Climate Change.

In his address, Dr. Fletcher stated that while Saint Lucia and other developing countries were taking steps to reduce their reliance on the fossil fuels that contribute to global warming, they “could not be inspired by developed countries that dodged their historical responsibility.

Dr Fletcher identified Loss and Damage as an issue of serious importance for Saint Lucia and SIDS and urged the Conference to arrive at a satisfactory outcome to assist communities and economies that are trying to cope with losses from climate change to which they have little or no capacity to respond.

Saint Lucia’s Sustainable Development Minister also spoke on the critical issue of climate financing and made a strong case for operational, fully capitalized financial facilities to help SIDS, which are already burdened by high debt and low growth, undertake the necessary climate change adaptation and mitigation activities.
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