Paramaribo, 4 July 2022 (TDI): The United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addressed the Caribean states at the 43rd Regular CARICOM meeting. 

The address revolves around the issues of climate action, forest preservation, harms caused by COVID-19, and renewable energy. The Secretary-General remarked how imperative it is for CARICOM states to be cautious about climate change.

As the Caribbean states are the most important stakeholder, they will also be most impacted by climate change. The address also emphasized Climate action and forest preservation.

“The Caribbean is ground zero for the global climate emergency,”  the Secretary-General stated. Additionally, the address highlighted the impact of COVID-19.

The Secretary-General also addressed the distribution of vaccines and pandemic preparedness in the CARICOM states. Nevertheless, he appreciated the response to COVID-19.

43rd Regular Meeting of the CARICOM CONFERENCE 

July 3rd marks a significant day for the 43rd regular CARICOM meeting as it is the Opening Ceremony of the 43rd Regular Meeting of the CARICOM Conference.

Important members of the CARICOM such as the Secretary-General, Dr. Carla Barnett, the outgoing Chairman, Prime Minister John Briceno of Belize and the incoming Chairman, President Chandrikapersad Santokhi of Suriname give their addresses, along with the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres at the meeting.

Additionally, the main agenda of the meeting was to deliberate upon the impact of COVID-19. Public health response as well as economic recovery measures will be discussed. The course of two days will discuss another imperative subject which is food and nutrition security.

The meeting will discuss the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) and the required actions. Additionally, the meeting will also emphasize the advocacy for climate change, climate financing, as well as the adverse impact of climate change.