Speech: New Commonwealth Secretary-General Applauds Caribbean Leadership on Climate Change


“Coming together in unity has been one of the strengths of the Caribbean region” – Patricia Scotland QC

Caribbean countries have shown great leadership in “mobilising the world” to act on the threat posed by climate change, the Secretary-General Designate of the Commonwealth of Nations, the Right Honourable Patricia Scotland QC, has said.

Addressing the opening ceremony of the 15th Conference of Presidents and Governors-General of the Caribbean region – hosted by Antigua and Barbuda this week – Patricia Scotland QC warned that climate change remains a “real danger” for the region.

“For the Pacific, for the Caribbean, for the small independent developing states in these regions, it’s a matter of life and death,” she said, noting that in her home country of Dominica, Tropical Storm Erika wiped away a year’s economic growth “in just six hours.”

The Secretary-General Designate praised Caribbean leaders for the part they played in achieving…

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