The Prime Minister of Barbados, during her participation in the 27th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
The Prime Minister of Barbados, during her participation in the 27th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change that was held in Sharm el-Sheikh (Egypt) and highlighted that the repetition of arguments has not had any result in the fight against climate.
“I’m here to say a few things,” she began her speech like this. “I do not need to repeat that we have the power to choose (…), I do not need to repeat that this is the COP that needs action (…), I do not need to repeat the horror of the devastation that has destroyed the Earth (…). But what we need to do is understand why we’re not moving further,” she said.
“We need to have a different approach, to allow grant-funded reconstruction grants to go ahead, in countries that are experiencing disasters. Unless that happens, we are going to see an increase. We know that by 2050, the 21 million climate refugees in the world today will grow to one billion.” She spoke in front of more than 100 world leaders who attended this conference of the highest global interest.
Prime Minister Mottley, who has been a Member of Parliament for the Saint Michael North East constituency from 1994 and from 1994 to 2008, has held various ministerial portfolios, including the post of Attorney General of Barbados, becoming the first woman appointed to this position and is also a member of the Inter-American Dialogue, was emphatic in affirming that the industrialized countries have not shown an authentic commitment to face and reduce carbon emissions, which affects the poorest countries that do not have the economic or technological possibilities nor human to contribute to this urgent call. The consequences have been experienced in her own country, which has been affected by extreme weather events.
This event, the 27th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change was hosted by Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who has been a Member of the Scottish Parliament since 1999 and is the Chief Minister of Scotland and Leader of the Scottish National Party. (SNP) since November 20, 2014, being the first woman to hold both positions.
On the occasion of her speech, the Barbadian prime minister made harsh remarks about the role of the World Bank, which she says many countries say has not done enough to focus on the climate issue, and about the countries that offer loans instead of grants. She also proposed the necessary modification in entities such as the International Monetary Fund, and the Inter-American Development Bank, which should focus their actions on increasing aid and economic allocations for the climate fight. “The time has come to introduce clauses on natural disasters and pandemics in our debt instruments” “We need flexibility for two years to deal with the economic effects of different disasters.”
She affirms that we have the collective possibility of taking effective action if we take firm political attitudes and real focus, instead of continuing to repeat the same speeches over and over again, repeating over and over again the figures that are increasing alarmingly every day regarding this problem.
These are the final paragraphs of his words in which he urges the countries to make a drastic turn in their commitment and be faithful to the approaches that have been made repeatedly in these spaces: “We have the option to act or remain passive and do nothing. I pray that when we leave this summit, we do so with an understanding that the problems are connected. There must be peace because countries like ours continue to suffer the effects of a war to which they are not a party. Our people deserve more things”, and finally, he stated: I ask the world’s population not to hold the leaders responsible and ask us to act on their behalf to save the earth. The choice is ours: What will they do? What will they choose to save?”.