Minister of the Environment Molwyn Joseph opened the 16th meeting of countries participating in the Cartagena Dialogue for Progressive Action with a challenge for territories that are financially able to assist smaller member states in the fight against climate change.
The minister said, yesterday, that Antigua & Barbuda is the first and currently the only country in the Eastern Caribbean to have achieved accreditation to the adaptation fund and the country has decided to use this status to help others.
He encouraged other countries to follow suit.
“I would like to encourage other countries which have strong institutions to take up the challenge, in not only seeing how to combat climate change locally and internationally, but where possible taking regional and global approaches,” Joseph said.
He also told the 60-member delegation, who gathered at the St James’s Club for the two-day meeting, to propose further actions that will allow partners and countries to pursue activities beyond the virtual boundary.
The deliberators were also encouraged not to be daunted by developments, which suggest that there should be a reversal of the momentum following the historic signing agreement that took place in Paris last year.
(More in today’s Daily Observer)