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CARICOM dismayed by US decision on climate change pact

Published:Monday | June 5, 2017 | 6:00 AM
David Granger, president of Guyana.

Chairman of the conference of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads of government and Guyana's President, David Granger, said the regional body is deeply dismayed and disappointed by the decision of the United States to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

The Paris Agreement was more than just another international agreement on another complex international issue, he said, adding that it reflects the acknowledgement and acceptance that climate change is a global issue requiring global solutions.

"For us, climate change is an existential threat. As members of a community of small-island and low-lying coastal developing states, the reality of climate change is making itself manifest to us, especially given that our region is the most prone to natural disasters globally," Granger said in a statement released yesterday.

He said the need for global action to combat this phenomenon is past urgent. "As one of the prime contributors to the emissions which continue to push global temperature rise to an untenable level, the leadership of the United States in efforts to curb the warming of the planet is an important factor," said the Guyanese president.

NEGATIVE SIGNAL

"Abdication of that responsibility sends a negative signal, particularly to those of us most vulnerable to the effects of climate change, despite the fact that we do little or nothing to contribute to its causes," he added.

He said, however, that CARICOM is encouraged by the fact that the overwhelming majority of nations remains firmly committed to the Paris Agreement. "Our own commitment will never waiver. Our existence is at stake," Granger said.