Dominica’s president calls for greater support for developing countries at the UN

President of Dominica, Charles Savarin, has made a call at the United Nations (UN) for greater measures to be adopted for developing countries to advance their global goals. Addressing the world body on behalf of CARICOM on Monday during the plenary of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Summit, he stressed the need to assist less developed nations through long-term, lower-interest loans and debt relief.

“Decisive action must be taken to better support developing countries through long-term lending at lower interest rates, debt relief, and creation of a robust and effective sovereign debt resolution mechanism,” he stated.

He also pointed out that the 15 member states, which make up CARICOM, remains committed to implementing the SDGs, despite concerns about some of the obstacles that are in the way of meeting the UN mandate by 2030.

“We firmly believe that greater commitment, solidarity, and transformative action are required to achieve the aforementioned targets within a reasonable time frame,” he stated.

He pointed to several events, which he said call for governments to make the commitment to taking the implementation of the SDGs to the next level.

“The existential threats of COVID-19 over the last three years, exacerbated by the impact of climate change and war in Ukraine, call for even greater multilateral leadership; therefore, a surge in commitments from governments and other stakeholders is required to take SDG implementation to the next level,” he pointed out.

The president stated that CARICOM is sending out a plea to the international community to take immediate action to restructure the international financial architecture and provide an enabling environment for developing nations to effectively engage in and benefit from the global economy.

Savarin pointed out a number of matters that need to be prioritized including gender equality, the empowerment of women and girls, the reduction of household poverty, access to clean water and sanitation, food and energy security, and the use of technology as a transformative instrument, adding that no citizen should be disadvantaged. He said the 2030 goal of implementing the SDGs is doable, despite many challenges.

“These are indeed unprecedented times, but we can be confident because we have access to a wealth of knowledge and resources to meet the demands of the times,” Savarin stated.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, were adopted by the United Nations in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that by 2030 all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

Meanwhile, the president will address the 78th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Thursday, September 21.

That session is being held under the theme “Rebuilding Trust and Reigniting Global Solidarity: Accelerating Action on the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals Towards Peace, Prosperity, Progress and Sustainability for All.”

It will focus on climate finance and mitigation and will explore solutions to advance peace, security, and sustainable development.

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  1. Jonathan Y St Jean
    September 22, 2023

    The sitting President of Dominica goes before the UN and he really believes that they are listening to him? It’s good that he’s advocating for Dominica and Caricom. However, does he know that thls citizen of Dominica want to address him on why doesn’t he advocate for the citizens of Dominica when there are concerning national issues. For example, a contingent of the Barbados defence force came to our country with their arms and ammunition and the common people were kept in the dark and you never addressed us on the presence of people with guns and bullets entering our sacred space. If you expect the power players at the UN to listen to you and take action on matters that are of importance to you, then it’s the same way that ordinary citizens of Dominica expect you to pay attention to matters of national significance that are of importance to us. Think about that before you go on a joy trip and address the UN in which you carry no significant weight.

  2. TeteMorne I From
    September 22, 2023

    That pompous man, his pompous walk, his pompous shadow, his pompous wife, ALL need to hurry up and get out of de office and de public. Just hurry up and go. Y’all have too much time on your hands. Go do some gardening, or something. I, personally, I’m tired of seeing his big, bison head.

  3. Dominoes
    September 21, 2023

    The people in the UN has already done their homework and they know about that situations in Dominica. So Savarin’s light words won’t move any needle at the UN. The place is right next to the east river and FDR Drive, so he can sit on the wall or take a deep in the river if he knows how to swim.

  4. JAH KAL
    September 20, 2023

    Savarin man you have no shame, on who’s behalf you at the UN in New York, skerrit or the people of Dominica ? man you guys are a bunch of you know what.
    Savarin enjoy the beautiful lights in New York City while the people in dominica going about their business in the dark. Ask them to take you to Time Square for you to see how important light is,Savarin you have to pay for what you did to the people Dominica, the 47 day strike have to hunt you.

  5. Lady
    September 20, 2023

    Stupsssssssses why all u stop bringing down all u own country instead of global n beg a next country to take out their money in their pockets n send for all u????
    You know you would take that money n look after your own interests instead of doing anything for d country if they really had to send it for true

  6. derp
    September 20, 2023

    Poor electricity, unemployment, agriculture suffering etc.
    How are those things the fault of the UN?!

  7. John Jay
    September 20, 2023

    At least they gave him a trip before he leaves office enjoy. Go to the UN and let the UN know about our problem in Dominica. The developing states are up and moving we are suffering. Poor electricity, unemployment, agriculture suffering etc.
    Take your trip enjoy it before you leave office .

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