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Antigua PM makes plea to climate change 'culprits'

Published:Wednesday | September 24, 2014 | 9:01 PM

Antigua and Barbuda's Prime Minister Gaston Browne has made an impassioned plea to 'culprits' of climate change who contribute to but do little to assist mitigation efforts in small states.



He told the United Nations Climate Change Summit in New York yesterday that Small Island Developing States (SIDS) were the 'victims' of unbecoming practices in industrialised nations that contribute to climate change.



Browne told the forum, which was broadcast around the world, that Antiguans and Barbudans are “angry and frustrated” that climate change continues to hinder national development.



According to Browne the governments of these nations, which are among the worst offenders, delay in making contributions to the Green Climate Fund (GCF).



The fund was launched three years ago.



However, Browne says the GCF is yet to receive any funds that can be channeled to developing countries.



He told the summit that it was 'immoral' for the developed nations to insist that SIDS take on more international obligations while not honouring their own.



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