The world is dealing with the worst of the pandemic and climate change and natural calamities is just augmenting the crisis being faced by the human race.
In a virtual forum titled ‘Placencia Ambition Forum’ organized by the Alliance of Small Island States on April 20, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres talking about climate change said, “Currently all eyes are on the COVID-19 pandemic, the biggest test the world has faced since the Second World War. We must work together to save lives, ease suffering, lessen the shattering economic and social consequences and bring the disease under control. But, at the same time, let us not lose focus on climate change”.
Praising the small island states, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that they have traditionally been at the forefront of climate advocacy and action. Their voices are needed now more than ever to ensure the international community keeps the promise of the Paris Agreement.
He pledged the UN support for small island states in their climate action and said, “It is essential that you are supported in your efforts to adapt and build resilience. I will continue to advocate for debt relief, including for middle-income countries, to enable you to survive both the impacts of COVID-19 and the growing threats of climate change”.