A call for support of small states affected by climate change.

─ We need to give support through funding and human resource says Minister Cummings

DPI, Guyana, Friday June 14, 2019

Guyana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Karen Cummings, has issued a call for support to smaller states which have been affected by natural disasters and are finding difficulty in dealing with climate change related matters.

Minister Cummings spoke with the Department of Public Information (DPI) following today’s Sixth Meeting of CARICOM and Cuban Foreign Ministers, hosted by the Guyana Government in Georgetown.

“There are certain islands like Dominica for example, where matters (climate) are affecting them, and these are not man made really, so we need to support them,” Minister Cummings stated.

She urged the region’s governments to assist either through funding or by providing the necessary human resource to aid the affected states.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Hon. Karen Cummings, flanked on her left by CARICOM Secretary General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and her right by HE Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, Cuba’s Foreign Minister, with other officials from CARICOM and visiting delegates from CARICOM member state

Meantime, here in Guyana, the Foreign Affairs Minister stated that deliberate efforts are being made to move towards renewable energy.

“We have been putting things in place to deal with that, to mitigate climate change,” she assured.

To date, the Government of Guyana has been aggressively pursuing its Green State Development Strategy (GSDS). This is aimed at building greater economic resilience by diversifying production and reducing dependency on fossil fuels, while actively trying to generate sources of renewable energy from sources such as hydro, solar, wind and biomass.

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