Thursday, April 18, 2024

Barbados to continue working with UN

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Many of Barbados’ post-Independence gains are at risk.

However, the Government will be working even closer with the United Nations (UN) to ensure that does not occur.

Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Trade, Sandra Husbands, made that point on Monday, the day after UN Day at UN House, Marine Gardens, Christ Church during a Lighting Ceremony to observe the United Nation’s 76th anniversary and Barbados’ 55th anniversary of UN membership.

During her speech, Husbands said despite numerous challenges, Barbados was able to punch above its weight.

She noted some of the challenges the country currently faced.

“We are at a point where development gains achieved since Independence are at risk. The lack of access to concessional, development financing coupled with inequitable access to vaccines will make it more difficult for us to work towards a sustainable, resilient and green recovery post-COVID.

“However we look to the future with hope and will partner with the UN offices to make progress with the implementation of the sustainable development goals for the wellbeing of all Barbadians,” Husbands said.

In addition, United Nations Resident Coordinator Didier Trebucq congratulated Barbados on bringing the Programme of Action for the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in 1994 and hosting the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development earlier this month.

While highlighting the high rates of poverty and the climate crisis, Trebucq pledged the UN’s support and urged everyone to unite.

“COVID-19 continues to adversely impact the socio-economic reality of Caribbean SIDS and to deepen existing disparities among the most at-risk populations. Today our world is characterised by rising inequalities poverty and a climate emergency of overwhelming growing proportions.  (TG)

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