Region urges Germany to support its position at UN conference

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC – The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is urging Germany to support the region’s position at the current United Nation (UN) climate change negotiations in Mexico.

CARICOM Secretary-General, Sir Edwin Carrington made the call during the accreditation ceremony of the Plenipotentiary Representative of Germany to the Caribbean Community, Stefan Schlüter.

Sir Edwin urged Germany to support CARICOM at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Sixteenth Conference of the Parties (COP 16), underway in Mexico.

“We urge Germany to support CARICOM’s position at the current United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Sixteenth Conference of the Parties (COP 16) in Cancun, Mexico as we seek to achieve international agreement on a limit to the growth of green house gas emissions to 1.5 degrees Celsius (1.5?C) above pre-industrial levels.

“For us, as small island and low-lying coastal states, it is really a maximum of 1.5 if we are to stay alive,” Sir Edwin said, adding that the accreditation comes at a challenging but exciting time for CARICOM.

“This is a time when, CARICOM, unlike a number of developed countries, is struggling to recover from the global economic and financial crisis which has disproportionately affected our Member States.

“Also, as small island developing states and low-lying coastal states, our economies are among the most exposed to the effects of climate change with the latest research indicating a frightening economic fallout within 20 years.”

Sir Edwin said the region was also looking to Germany to use its new position as a member of the United Nations Security Council “to represent and advance some of the concerns of small states like ours in that important international body.”